Marr-Munning Trust: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The U.K.-based Marr-Munning Trust seeks organizations that work to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable and marginalized populations in least developed countries.

IP TAKE: This funder tends to support community-based and grassroots organizations.

PROFILE: Frank Harcourt-Munning and Sir Leslie Marr founded the Marr-Munning Trust “[f]or the relief of poverty, suffering, and distress.” The U.K.-based organization aims to alleviate poverty in developing countries, focusing on countries on the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa. The Marr-Munning Foundation’s grantmaking programs include Education and Livelihoods.

The foundation’s education program invests in projects that emphasize access to education, improve the quality of teaching, and strive for educational equality for female and differently abled students. In contrast, the trust’s livelihood program seeks organizations that help farmers to evolve from subsistence farming to engaging in markets, improving access to job opportunities, helping small business owners access financial markets, and reducing inequality in the marketplace.

Grant amounts typically range from £10,000 to £30,000. Past grantees include African Revival, which received funding for its work establishing a demonstration garden to train 30 farmers in Zambia’s Kalomo District; and We Yone Child Foundation, which was awarded a grant to support for the construction of a toilet block and water supply at George Brook Primary School in Sierra Leone. To learn more about Marr-Munning grantees, explore its projects page.

The Marr-Munning Trust does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. Grantseekers who believe their work aligns with the trust’s priorities may introduce themselves and their work by using this form.


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