Current Grants

The 2020 Ashden Award for Humanitarian Energy highlights outstanding initiatives providing clean, safe, reliable and accessible energy in humanitarian settings. Often overlooked as an issue, the award emphasises how important clean energy is, communicates what solutions exist and encourages replication, as well as providing direct financial and business support to the winning applicant.

Website: https://www.ashden.org/winners/united-nations-development-programme-yemen

Grant Size: £25,000


Five Talents works with Internally Displaced People in South Sudan, where only 27% of the population are literate and numerate (World Bank, 2012) and 74% live in severe multidimensional poverty (UN, 2018). Our project delivers Functional Adult Literacy training, business skills lessons and financial inclusion services within small community-led ‘Savings Groups’. Members learn to save money and grow a small business, whilst developing an awareness of their environment through the curriculum. This enables them to take a loan and invest in climate resilient solutions.

Website: https://www.fivetalents.org.uk/impact/south-sudan

Grant Size: £25,000


Lamwo Integrated Refugee Project (phase 2): Improving the lives of 1,500 households from both the Palabek Refugee Settlement and the host communities in Lamwo District, Northern Uganda. Their social and economic resilience will be improved by ensuring that they are food secure, have multiple income sources and by restoring and improving the local environment through natural resource management.

Website: https://sendacow.org/countries/uganda/

Grant Size: £25,000


The project aims to create a cooperative that will run two retail clean energy kiosks in Kyangwali refugee settlement. The aim is also to scale on the project in the Bidi Bidi refugee settlement where there is a cooperative that runs two energy kiosks.

Uganda’s Bidi Bidi and Kyangwali Refugee settlements are off grid and extremely remote. Food aid in the settlements is usually donated uncooked making recipients to source out locally available fuels for food preparation. Access to safe, reliable, and clean energy household technologies like solar lanterns and improved cookstoves for crisis-affected people can be difficult to achieve mostly because of the long geographical distance from neighbouring towns. The project sets out to launch and scale retail energy kiosks to address the three-fold problems of; business capital shortage, lack of awareness on affordable clean energy solutions and highly priced clean energy products unaffordable to communities.

Website: https://www.enventureenterprises.org/post/spotlight-on-bidibidi-refugee-settlement

Grant Size: £25,000


Small Steps Project is working with the community of Ngong slums in Nairobi Kenya during the rehabilitation of the Ngong rubbish dump, to ensure that the spaces they use for rest, play and growing food to sustain themselves are secured for them and their futures. We will prevent land grabbing and secure land rights to mitigate displacement of the community. Together Small Steps and the community will transform a desolate and dangerous waste ground into a natural clean space where both people and the environment can grow and live healthier lives

Website: http://www.smallstepsproject.org/dump-projects/kenya-nairobi/ 

Grant Size: £25,000


Our project supports Indigenous fisherfolk and farmers in Nigeria who unite to protect their lands and waters from the fossil fuel industry to prevent displacement and environmental degradation.

Website: https://thousandcurrents.org/

Grant Size: £15,000


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