Sir Ernest Cassel Educational Trust: Inviting applications for ‘International Funding Programme’ to address inequality of access for girls and women living in low income countries into secondary, tertiary or adult education.

Funding brief: The focus of the Sir Ernest Cassel Centenary Awards will be projects or organizations that address inequality of access for girls and women living in low income countries into secondary, tertiary or adult education. Also of interest are projects focusing on the transition points within education and between education and employment, which improve retention rates or which empower girls and women and raise their aspirations. The projects should aim to be transformative and inclusive.

Grants do not have to go towards projects or initiatives that focus solely on female education but this should a major focus of the work and the Sir Ernest Cassel Centenary Award funding should be proportionate to this aspect of it e.g. if half a project’s beneficiaries are girls, the trust would not expect to fund more than half the project’s total cost.

Applications may include advocacy and influencing activity.

Criteria: In addition to demonstrating how they will meet with Trustees’ objectives and areas of interest as previously outlined, all applicants must:
● Be a charity registered in England & Wales or with OSCR
● Be working in South Asia or Sub Saharan Africa
● Demonstrate a multiplier effect to their work such as long-term impact on families or communities
● Have administration and fund-raising costs that are proportionate and reasonable in the context of the work of the organization. These are expected to be low as a percentage of overall expenditure
● Demonstrate buy-in and ownership from local communities
● Demonstrate how impact will be sustained beyond the life of the programme
● Include an outline proposal for final evaluation and provide for this within all budgets

Additionally, Trustees would be happy to see the following features of an application where appropriate:
● Innovative use of technology
● Capacity building of local partner organizations or transfer of capacity and capability from the UK to the local community
● Evidence of an existing local presence

Donor Name: Sir Ernest Cassel Educational Trust
Funding name: International Funding Programme 2019

Deadline: 30th, November, 2018

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: The main thrust of the Trust’s role in effecting this change will be to provide a small number of grants of between £300k – £400k over 3 – 5 years to organizations excelling, or with the potential to excel in this area.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Not found

Project duration: Over 3 – 5 years

Eligible organization: As below

UK registered charities with a strong local bias in-country will be prioritized. Whilst there is no prescriptive outcome sought, projects selected for support will demonstrate how their work is relevant to the local area, how it enhances in-country capacity and capability, meets local needs and maximizes impact.
● Priority will also be given to organizations for whom this grant would be transformative and for something that would be unlikely to be able to secure equivalent funding elsewhere. This may be because the work in question is new and untested, is not eligible for other girls’ education funding schemes or because it will enable a scaling up of current operations. However, it is unlikely that the trust would award a grant that equates to more than 25% of an organization’s income in any year of the project.

Eligible Country: Be a charity registered in England & Wales or with OSCR And Be working in South Asia or Sub Saharan Africa

Submission mail:

Other important link:
Guideline: Click to view
● About: Click to view

How to apply: Your concept note should not exceed five to six pages in length including photos. Please use a font size no smaller than 11pt. This must be submitted by email (

The Application Process will be in three stages:
● Stage one will be an open invitation to organisations working in the relevant field to submit a Concept Note. The closing date for the submission of Concept Notes will be 30th, November, 2018.

All Concept Notes will be assessed according to which most clearly match with the criteria outlined in the Information for Applicants.

This assessment will take place during December 2018 and January 2019 and may include a visit by one or more representatives of the Trust. Following this process, a short list of applicants will be drawn up, to be invited to go through to Stage Two.
Applicants will be notified by 28th February 2019, whether or not they have been successful in being invited to progress to Stage Two.

● Stage Two. Applicants will be notified by 28th February 2019, whether or not they have been successful in being invited to progress to Stage Two. Stage Two will include an invitation to submit a full grant proposal. All such applicants will be awarded £1,000 towards the cost of preparing their full proposal. (It is expected this will be spent on staff time rather than any new resources.)

The closing date for submission of a full application will be 30th April 2019. The final selection to go forward to Stage Three will be drawn up during May 2019.

● Stage Three will include making a presentation to Trustees on 18th June 2019. Invitations to present to Trustees in this final selection round will be made by 31st May 2019. Further information about this will be provided in due course. Awards will be made by July/August 2019

● Supporting Documents:
Non Essential
 Project planning documents including logframe/theory of change/gantt chart
 External evaluation of earlier phases of this project or other work that has informed it’s planning

 UK Charity’s governing document
 Names and summary of each trustee (background, role on the board)
 Partnership agreement between UK charity and local partner
 Latest annual report and accounts of UK charity
 UK charity safeguarding policy and overview of process (those covering child protection and vulnerable adults)
 UK charity equality and diversity policy
 Local partner safeguarding policy and how you assure yourself of its implementation, if applicable
 UK Charity’s social media profile (website, facebook page, twitter handle, regular blogs, instagram and any other relevant social media presence)
 Instances when the charity has attracted adverse media attention over the last 3 years and how the organisation responded

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