All projects applying must be for peacebuilding or for relief of people who are suffering as a result of natural disasters, climate change, war, conflict or social and economic deprivation, but not for immediate crisis relief.
Each project must have a Britain Yearly Meeting Quaker link (person or group) and the application should come from the concern of Friends, supported at least through their local meetings. Projects need not be Quaker led.
Annual grants will usually be for up to £4,000 per project. In exceptional circumstances we may consider applications above this amount. Single payments might be made, but grants for two or three years may also be considered. Existing as well as new projects may be supported and these grants may cover only part of the total funding required.
Meeting the criteria given in the guidelines is a necessary condition for consideration by Grants Group, not a guarantee of funding.
In our discernment we use the following criteria for prioritising the distribution of funds:
- The likelihood of success.
- The likelihood of the activity having a long-term impact on the problem to be addressed.
- The added value to the activities of the grant holders.
We regret that funds do not allow us to award all the grants that we may wish and discernment of priorities is essential.
This year we are continuing to fund:
- space for an information service for refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants in Lewisham, London (PDF)
- a project enabling young people from Dheisheh Palestinian Refugee Camp to attend Al Quds University (PDF)
- equipment and training for a local hospital in Abeka in the DRC (PDF)
- a part-time administrator for a popular peaceful schools project in mid Wales (PDF)
- support for new mothers in Croydon who are recent immigrants (PDF)
- training for local people living in the Monze area of Zambia to teach permaculture gardening to local schools and groups (PDF)
We have provided funding for the first time for:
- a dry season gardening project based in Lawra Municipal in Ghana (PDF)
- an education and integration project for East African refugees in Bradford (PDF)
- a volunteer-led project providing recycled bikes for refugees and asylum seekers in Sunderland (PDF)
- a school transport project in Palestine (PDF)
- an anti-violence project in Matabeleland, Zimbabwe (PDF)
- funding for grants for asylum seekers in Lancaster (PDF)
- repairs to the access road to a Tibetan refugee settlement in the mountains of Nepal (PDF)
Previous Quaker News articles featuring QPSW Relief projects:
- "A safe space for young asylum seekers" (PDF) - article from Quaker News 96
- "Committed to peace" (PDF) - article from Quaker News 97
- "Relief grant offers Palestinian refugees a chance at university (PDF)" - article from Quaker News 99
How to apply
Applications for 2020 will open in April 2020 and close at the end of July. Please note that this is a change from previous years. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application in September/October.
- QPSW Relief Grants application form 2020 (PDF)
- QPSW Relief Grants description 2020 (PDF)
- QPSW Relief Grants application guidance 2020 (PDF)
If you have any questions about the application process please contact the Grants Programme Officer.