Purely OverSeas Trust: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Purely OverSeas Trust makes global development grants to small groups working in least developed countries. Topics of interest including farming, healthcare, education and water.

IP TAKE: This funder is a good resource for local groups that are able to do a lot of good with a limited amount of money.

PROFILE: A U.K.-based funder, Purely OverSeas Trust (POST) funds small, local and grassroots organizations working in some of the least developed and vulnerable areas of the world since 1984. It seeks to "increase awareness in the Purley and District area of the problems of deprivation in developing countries, and to alleviate them by supporting small-scale projects which allow the people there to help themselves." POST focuses on supporting agriculture, medicine, education, sociology, and water and WASH projects. 

POST awards modest grants through these programs:

  • Agricultural. This programs supports projects related to smallholder farming, including irrigation and clean drinking water.
  • Medical. POST’s medical grantmaking is pretty broad. For example, it has awarded grants to support efforts in maternal and newborn health, access to healthcare, and vaccinations.  
  • Education. Another relatively broad based grantmaking program at POST. Grants are awarded to support a variety of education projects, including improving academic programs and constructing new school buildings.
  • Sociology. This program awards grants to diverse projects that may not fit neatly into its other programs. For example, awards have been made to dig wells and to support children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

POST is a small, all-volunteer organization. As a result, it awards modest grants ranging from £200 to £1,000 to organizations with budgets of less than $30,000. POST does not restrict its grantmaking to specific countries or regions. Groups working in any least developed country in the world is eligible to apply for a grant.

The trust accepts unsolicited grant applications and requests for funding. Applications can be completed and submitted at any time via the trust’s website.


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