Funding announced for sport projects in Malawi

5 Jan 2017

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The Scottish Government has joined forces with Comic Relief to launch the “Levelling the Field” initiative, to improve the economic well-being of women and girls in Malawi, Zambia and Rwanda.

We encourage members to apply for funding in this programme which aims to use the power of sport to enable and inspire women and girls to reach their full potential.

Scottish Government International Development Minister Dr Alasdair Allan MSP said:

“Empowering women and girls has a knock-on effect, and helps drive up economic growth and development in some of the world’s poorest countries.

“Comic Relief launched their application process today and I would encourage eligible organisations already working in this area to apply.”

About the funding:

Applications are welcome for up to £150,000 over a period of 36 months.

The grants will support projects which use sport to contribute to Sustainable Development Goal 5 – achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls – in the following countries.

  • Malawi
  • Zambia
  • Rwanda
  • Colombia
  • India

Grants in Malawi, Zambia and Rwanda (partner countries for the Scottish Government’s International Development Fund in Sub-Saharan Africa) will be joint funded by Comic Relief and the Scottish Government.


Proposals are welcomed from both UK based organisations working in partnership with a local organisation leading the delivery of the project, and from non-UK organisations playing this role directly.

Applications are particularly encouraged where the local organisation delivering the project is embedded in the communities where the work will take place.

Applicants should have been registered for at least 3 years and have a turnover of at least £100,000.


Proposals must work towards the overall outcome of inspiring women and girls to reach their full potential.

In addition, proposals must work towards a minimum of one of the following outcomes:

  • Reduce gender stereotypes that have a negative impact on women and girls – the use of realistic role models may be appropriate
  • Increase social inclusion of women and girls – please note that proposals must focus on more than just bringing women and girls together
  • Increase opportunities for women and girls to access education, employment and training - these may, or may not be within the sport industry
  • Improve the leadership skills of women and girls – equipping women and girls with the skills to become leaders, in the setting appropriate to them.

We will also support proposals that tackle violence against women and girls, which enable women and girls to live free from harm, and with access to crucial support.

This approach aligns with ‘Equally Safe’ - Scotland’s strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls domestically.

If you are focusing on tackling violence against women and girls, your proposal must work towards one or more of the following priorities:

  • Increasing positive gender roles
  • Ensuring healthy relationships are understood and promoted
  • Women and girls are safe, respected and equal


Proposals will be accepted from 5th January 2017 to midday 16th March 2017.

Assessments of the shortlisted proposals will take place during May 2017.

They aim to inform all applicants of the final decision in July 2017. 

Click here for full details of the funding >>