Small Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Small Foundation focuses its grantmaking on eradicating extreme poverty and chronic hunger in sub-Saharan African countries.

IP TAKE: This funder seeks organizations operating programs that are scalable, sustainable and effective.

PROFILE: Based in Dublin, Ireland, the Small Foundation focuses its grantmaking on the “[h]undreds of millions of people living in extreme poverty and chronic hunger in rural sub-Saharan Africa,” with the overall goal of helping Africa become free of extreme poverty by the year 2030. The foundation supports income-building opportunities, projects and programs that expand access to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, increase knowledge, build skilled human resources, improve financial inclusion and expand access to technology and markets.

Small Foundation grants vary widely in amount, often ranging from €45,000 to €500,000.  Past global development grantees include Acumen, which received funding to support its global anti-poverty efforts and AgDevCo, which received a grant to support its agricultural development work in sub-Saharan Africa. To learn more about select foundation grantees, explore its Investments page.

The foundation’s grant eligibility and application guidelines are unclear. Grantseekers are encouraged to contact foundation staff for additional information.

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