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Context

Both Namibia and Uganda are in the grip of a second wave of COVID-19 infection.

This second wave has overwhelmed health services in both countries and neither has access to sufficient quantities of vaccine to protect their populations. Urgent representations have been made for emergency support Government from Welsh organisations with strong links with these countries.

Welsh Ministers have approved additional funding for groups in Wales to work with their African partners in Namibia and Uganda to alleviate the impacts of COVID-19 on communities, hospitals and health centres in these countries.

This grant round has been designed to provide funding to the most urgent and vital requests, if there are any clarifications required on your application, you will be contacted. You may be invited for interview if the panel requires further information.

Grants available

There is a total of £1.5 million available for this Covid emergency grant scheme. There will be an initial first application round with £1 million funding awarded, and there will then be a further application round with the remaining £500,000 available – this will be launched as the situation in Namibia and Uganda unfolds.

Timescale and process for awards

Grant allocations should be spent as soon as possible for immediate activity.

Stage Date Detail
Open for requests 16 July 2021 Please email your application forms, by 4pm on 30 July 2021, to WalesandAfrica@gov.wales
Requests checked for eligibility Ongoing from submission Requests for funding will be reviewed by the Wales and Africa team and sent as soon as identified as eligible to the Decision Panel for their consideration. If there are points for clarification, the Wales and Africa team will contact you, this may delay the decision making on your request.
Panel meeting 4 to 5 August 2021 Formal approval of those requests which will be funded.
Applicants informed 6 to 9 August 2021 Grant Offer letters sent to successful requests.
Grant payments processed 13 to 16 August Grant payments processed by Wales and Africa team for payment into group’s accounts 3 to 5 working days later – dependent on Finance checks with organisation.

Groups are encouraged to submit their requests for funding as soon as possible. If, after submission, any further clarification of your request is required, the Wales and Africa team will be in touch.

It must be emphasised that this is a grant funding round in response to a global crisis, requests for funding will need to strongly demonstrate the impact they will make for their African partner in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The panel will formally award grants and all panel decisions are final and cannot be appealed. If your request is not determined in the first round of funding to demonstrate a strong impact in response to an urgent situation, it may be put on hold by the panel to consider in the second round. Once the funding allocation has been met, all applicants will be notified.

Points to note

Points to note before submitting your request for funding:

  • Requests which are deemed to be responding to the most vital needs in an urgent manner will be prioritised.
  • Activities should be conducted with an existing African Partner.  No new partnerships will be funded.
  • Groups must have demonstrable experience of successfully managing similar grant sums in the past.
  • Activities should be based on a clear need identified with an African Partner.
  • Groups are aware of, and following, local Covid-19 prevention advice.
  • Groups have a clear way of measuring and recording the impact they will have.
  • Activities should aim to address gender, disability, and social inclusion – where possible this should be described in the purpose of request.
  • Activities must do no harm. For instance, they should avoid face to face communication by using mobile and SMS where possible.
  • No funds will be paid into an individual’s bank account – along with your request for funding, proof of account in the group’s name should be submitted.
  • The governing document of your group or organisation should also be submitted with your request for funding.

Grant aims

The grant scheme aims to:

  • assist Namibia or Uganda in combatting the immediate effects of COVID-19
  • encourage stringent health and safety practices
  • make contributions to the following themes:
    • Health
    • Sustainable Livelihoods
    • Lifelong Learning

The following are some examples of the activities that may be undertaken in immediate response to COVID-19.

Combatting the immediate effects of COVID-19

Activities may include:

  • Raising awareness of the COVID-19 pandemic, viral symptoms, the importance of handwashing and social distancing
  • Combating misinformation about virus transmission, prevention and treatment methods
  • Raising awareness of how and when to contact essential health and emergency services
  • Housing families to support quarantine and social isolation efforts

Public Health England has published resources for a COVID-19 awareness campaign. The WHO has technical guidance on risk communication and community engagement. Applicants may want to find relevant national resources in targeted formats and languages for various population groups.

Health system support

Activities may include:

  • Supporting testing, contact tracing and monitoring and quarantine efforts
  • Clinical intervention to support case management
  • Maintaining essential health services including redistributing health resources and optimizing service delivery and referrals
  • Building and expanding essential health infrastructure including building or repurposing existing infrastructure for new hospitals or crisis hubs and procuring medical infrastructure
  • Procuring essential medicines and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The WHO has a technical guide to critical preparedness, readiness and response actions for COVID-19 depending on pandemic stage.

Mental health and psychosocial support

Activities may include:

  • Supporting mental health and psychosocial wellbeing efforts for the general population
  • Combating social stigmatisation of individuals infected by COVID-19
  • Supporting grief management efforts for individuals who have lost loved ones
  • Supporting trauma and fatigue for healthcare workers treating COVID-19 patients

Continuing essential mental health support for individuals with urgent mental health conditions and/or neurological complaints. The WHO has released a brief guide to mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Wash (including handwashing related activities)

Activities may include:

  • Setting up hand-washing stations and distributing hygiene products in areas with limited access to running water
  • Raising awareness of good hand-washing and broader sanitation and hygiene practices
  • Setting up access to running water in homes and shelters
  • Supporting waste management efforts including sanitation of common use latrines and plumbing.

The WHO has published a technical brief on water, sanitation, hygiene and waste management for the COVID-19 virus.

Nutrition and sustainable livelihoods

Food distribution and nutrition support

Activities may include:

  • Supporting food production and supply chains
  • Essential food distribution and food security management
  • Raising awareness of breastfeeding advice during the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Nutrition support for school-aged children who were previously receiving school meals
  • Supporting management of malnutrition issues and healthy diets during periods of social distancing, lockdown and quarantine

The United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN) has published a resource list on food systems and nutrition responses.

Income support

Activities may include:

  • Upskilling and retraining workers to find alternative sources of income
  • Supporting individuals to plan for income loss and manage available savings
  • Supporting business owners to adapt their business to online or remote working
  • Helping individuals navigate access to business relief funding and other forms of support where available. Broader guidance on approaches to community-based savings groups during COVID-19 can be found here.

Lifelong learning

Activities may include:

  • Supporting home-based or distance learning

This resource on programme design principles for distance learning may be useful.

Safeguarding

It is a requirement for strengthened Safeguarding practice by including identified, trained Safeguarding leads within each grant recipient as a condition of grant approval. The conditions for accepting a small grant under the scheme have been amended to include a requirement that each agency or group in receipt of a grant needs to:

  • Provide approved Safeguarding Policy (please send with application)
  • All representatives within the grant recipient are aware of and have had induction/training in the policy and its requirements
  • Designate a representative as the Safeguarding Lead responsible for receiving safeguarding concerns, reporting onwards under the agreed procedure, liaising with the Wales and Africa team and responding appropriately to concerns. This designated person will be required to undertake mandatory safeguarding online training with Hub Cymru Africa

The duties of that person are outlined in the grant offer letter for successful applicants. In summary, that person is responsible for:

  • Receiving and recording reports of Safeguarding concern
  • Reporting that concern to the Wales and Africa team 
  • Liaising with the Wales and Africa team to ensure appropriate response and follow up
  • The safeguarding lead  is required to have undertaken Safeguarding Training which includes:
    • An explanation of the risks and indicators of safeguarding concerns
    • An explanation of the criteria of a reportable Safeguarding concern
    • An explanation of the considerations and procedure involved in making a report
    • An explanation of the criteria and process to be applied by the grant recipient and the Wales and Africa team in responding to a reported safeguarding concern

Further sources of support

The application form is available here.

For general queries on the request process please email WalesandAfrica@gov.wales or call Jon Townley on 03000 251670

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