Chrysalis Trust: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The UK-based Chrysalis Trust focuses its global development grants on organizations working to alleviate poverty and disability as well as those providing access to shelter, education, healthcare and water, in the UK as well as developing countries.

IP TAKE: Chrysalis does not award many grants each year. However, this is a grassroots funder to watch as it supports groups working in global development niches that find it difficult to obtain grants elsewhere.

PROFILE: Established in 2009, Chrysalis Trust awards global development grants to organizations that work to alleviate poverty and disability, and organizations that provide access to shelter, education, healthcare and water. To be eligible for a Chrysalis Trust grant, international nonprofits must be registered with the UK's Charity Commission.

Despite supporting a variety of global development causes, Chrysalis's grantmaking currently seeks to fund poverty and disability relief, and projects that improve or create access to shelter, education, healthcare and water. Grants for global development projects typically range from £1,000 to £10,000 (about $1,300 to $13,000.) While the trust does not stipulate geographic priorities in its grantmaking outside the UK, its international grantmaking appears to favor organizations that work to benefit poor and marginalized populations in Africa. For instance, it has backed Cure International’s clubfoot treatment efforts in Rwanda, and supported St. Anthony’s School for the Deaf in Uganda through a grant to the nonprofit Deafway. Learn more about Chrysalis grantees on its Awards page.

The Chrysalis Trust accepts grant applications throughout the year. However, applications must be received by June to be considered at the May 15 board meeting and by January for the December 15 board meeting. Successful applicants are generally notified within two weeks of the board’s meeting.

The trust awards project-specific grants only and does not award grants for general operating support. Chrysalis Trust grantees that cannot move forward with their projects must return all funds.


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