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Educational Projects

Each year, Hazel's Footprints Trust offers a small number of grants for Educational Projects in developing countries. Typical grants range from £2,000 to £15,000.

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Our Educational Project Grants

Hazel’s Footprints Trust was established with an aim to support access to education for children in developing countries. We are interested in providing grants to a small number of projects each year.

We fund via UK charity partners only and cannot accept applications directly from schools or projects in-country. Charities must be registered with the Charities Commission or the Scottish Charity Register (OSCR). Please read on for our full eligibility criteria.

These grants are not for individuals – for those seeking funding to support their time volunteering in education, please visit our Footprinter Volunteer Grants page.

Handwashing at Ngambenyi using the drip system

Supporting education across the developing world

The importance of access to education in developing countries to improve health and livelihoods, contribute to social stability and drive long-term economic growth is well understood. Hazel’s Footprints provides educational project grants to grassroots-type charities with a track record of pursuing this goal and in doing so the Trust seeks to play a small part in improving access to education.

While varied in nature, all projects supported to date have access to education at their core, be that in helping prepare and motivate children to learn, creating and equipping effective environments for learning or helping to address specific learning needs. Examples include projects to provide a school with IT equipment, build a library, build and refurbish classrooms, build a school kitchen and fund specific educational programmes.

If you run a grassroots education-based project, via a UK charity, and you’re looking to make a step-change in the future of your project, then please do get in touch with us. We’d love to hear from you.

Eligibility for educational project grants

We fund via UK charity partners only and cannot accept applications directly from schools or projects in-country. Charities must be registered with the Charities Commission or the Scottish Charity Register (OSCR).

To help establish whether your project would be eligible for consideration, please review the following guidelines.

Project

  1. The project offers access to education at its core, be that in helping prepare and motivate children to learn, creating and equipping effective environments for learning or helping to address specific learning needs
  2. The project is in a developing country
  3. Funding requested is no more than £25,000 (note that grants are typically between £2,000 and £15,000 and larger sums will only be considered in exceptional circumstances)
  4. Funding should be for a specific educational purpose. It must be ring-fenced for either a capital project (e.g. classroom renovation) or for a named operational cost (e.g. a headteacher salary). Applications for general funds, feeding programmes and sponsorship of children will not be considered.
  5. For all applications for capital projects, the grant requested from Hazel’s Footprints Trust must be at least 40% of the total project cost.

Applying organisation

  • The applicant organisation is a UK registered charity in good standing
  • The applicant organisation has an average annual turnover for the past 3 years of under £200,000
  • The applicant organisation has a demonstratable track record of effectively delivering projects in the region in which the project will take place
  • The applicant organisation has documented policies covering child protection

Apply for Educational Project Grant Funding

If you are happy that you meet all of our eligibility criteria above, you can apply for a grant. Note that we typically have two funding rounds each year – one in May/June and one in November/December. You must apply no later than mid-February and mid-August respectively to be considered at the next funding round.

In recent years, we have funded

£1,300 for IT School equipment in Malawi

£4,000 for an outreach teacher for deaf children in Kenya

£3,900 for computer room at a school in The Gambia

£8,544 for a special educational needs teacher in Vietnam

£3,000 for a vocational skills project for girls in Rwanda

£9,000 for a social worker to help children access education in Tanzania

£3,600 a year for 9 pre-school classes in Ethiopia

£8,900 to complete a secondary school project in Tanzania

£5,000 for covid handwashing facilities at schools in Kenya

£12,960 for teachers at an innovative school in rural India

This is just a small proportion of the projects we have funded so far and we are eager to support many more in the future.

We are aware that new facilities and guaranteeing specific running costs can really help to change the futures of schools in developing countries.

If you run a grass-roots education-based project, via a UK charity, and you’re looking for financial support for a specific initiative, you may be eligible to apply for a grant.

Educational Projects News

 

Staff housing well underway at Uphill Junior School

24th January 2024
After breaking ground in October 2023, there has been lots of progress on a new staff accommodation block at Uphill Junior School, Western Uganda. In 2023, Hazel’s Footprints Trust granted…
 

The Uphill Trust breaks ground

28th October 2023

In May 2023, we agreed to provide a grant of £15,000 to the Uphill Trust. The funding will go towards a staff accommodation and a sanitation block at Uphill Junior…

 

Girls' Space, Rwanda: 2023 graduates

9th October 2023

In 2021, we agreed to support a fabulous vocational training programme for 16/17 year old girls in Rwanda. The £6,000 grant covered the salaries of three staff members who run…

 

Smartbox project with Street Kids Direct in Guatemala City

27th September 2023

We have just received some photos from Street Kids Direct, showing new computers purchased with the support of a £4,700 grant earlier this year. Street Kids Direct’s Mentoring Programme Street…

 

Report from Open Way Pre-Schools in Ethiopia

1st May 2023

In 2022, the Trustees of Hazel’s Footprints extended our support to 9 pre-school classes in Ethiopia by funding teachers’ salaries for a further 2 years. We have been supporting this…

 

3 years of support at Pamoja Leo

21st March 2023

Three years ago, just before the Covid-19 pandemic struck, we offered grant funding to a fantastic charity called Pamoja Leo. The charity operates from its Early Childhood & Development Centre…

 

Brightlingsea Classrooms shine in Ghana

21st December 2022

We are really pleased to hear from Jemma Williams, Founder of Porridge & Pens Ghana, on her return from Brightlingsea school. Regular readers of our news will know that we…

 

Finishing touches on classroom renovations at Chanzige A school

21st October 2022

We’ve just had a lovely update from Champion Chanzige on further progress with a classroom which was renovated over the summer. In May of this year, Hazel’s Footprints Trust provided…

 

Porridge & Pens - new classrooms on track at Brightlingsea

29th September 2022

In recent years, we’ve built a strong relationship with Porridge & Pens, operating in Ghana. We’ve funded two years of the headteacher’s salary at Brightlingsea Academy and, prior to that,…

 

Team Kenya: libraries and teacher training supported with £5k grant

11th August 2022

Early in 2022, Hazel’s Footprints Trust awarded an educational project grant of £5,000 to Team Kenya, a UK charity working in Ndhiwa, rural Kenya. Team Kenya supports girls in accessing…

 
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