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ICS alumni grants

UPDATE: Applications for this year’s grant have now closed. Thank you to those who have applied. We received a very high number of applications and some very exciting ideas for how to support your communities!

The COVID-19 pandemic is making a significant impact on the global community, with governments imposing severe restrictions on social interaction and each country facing significant pressure on national health, education and emergency services. In response to the impact on some of our most vulnerable ICS countries, we want to continue to support ICS volunteers to take action, in their communities, meaningfully and responsibly, through access to funding and support. 

All applications are being reviewed and you will hear back from your Grant Champion by 15 May, who will let you know if your application was approved or not. You can contact your Grant Champion here if you have any questions in the meantime.

If you haven’t been able to apply in this intake, don’t worry, you will have the opportunity to apply next year. Stay in touch with us by signing up to our ICS newsletter here.

About the grant

The grant offers funding for ICS In-Country Volunteers to organise activities that will have a positive impact in their community.

The grant is open to volunteers from countries where ICS currently operates - Bangladesh, Cambodia, Kenya, Nepal, Tanzania, Uganda or Zambia.

The grant offers funding up to a maximum value of £1,000 (GBP) for youth-led activities which contribute to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 3, 4, 5, 8 and /or 16:

  • SDG 3 -  Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all.
  • SDG 4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education. and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
  • SDG 5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
  • SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
  • SDG 16 - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development.

(Find out more about the Sustainable Development Goals).

The grant can be used to support a variety of activities including:

  • Awareness raising
  • Campaigning
  • Workshops
  • Parliamentary activity
  • Social enterprise. 

Previous grants have supported projects such as employability skills & entrepreneurship training with young Ghanaian mothers, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights training in Kenyan schools and youth leadership and peace workshops in South Africa. 

School girls take part in an energiser during a session on handicrafts
Indian ICS volunteer Sukanya ran a five day handicrafts workshop to help girls create their own crafts

What you need to know

  • The grant is only available to ICS In-Country Volunteers who have completed the Action at Home stage of their ICS placements. 
  • The grant is only available in countries with an active ICS programme and ICS staff – Bangladesh, Cambodia, Kenya, Nepal, Tanzania, Uganda or Zambia. This is based on the level of support requested by grantees to complete their application, deliver their activity and manage the funds. We recognise that this may be disappointing and we are working hard to explore different ways to support the many ICS alumni across the world. In the meantime, all ICS volunteers can take part in our online and global opportunities – keep an eye on the ICS social media channels (#ICS4Change) and our monthly ICS Newsletter (sign up here).
  • The grant offers financial support up to the value of £1,000 (GBP). 
  • You can apply for the grant as an individual or as a group 
  • If you are successful you have 20 weeks to carry out your project and submit a report.  
  • You will be supported by a ‘Grant Champion’ during this process. Contact details for regional 'Grant Champions' can be found on this contact page.

Follow your grant journey

Keep an eye on the timeline for more information on where you are in the grant process. Dates are subject to change and will be updated accordingly.


What activities have we funded so far?

Find out more about some of the incredible activities run by ICVs and funded through the grant. For example Felix Owino’s menstrual and sexual health education workshops for girls in primary and secondary schools across Kenya and Bibek Pandit, a Nepali volunteer, who supported 75 woman farmers with agricultural training

More ways to stay involved with ICS

Find out how ICS can continue to support you

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