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Small Grants Programme

The next tranche of the Small Grants Programme is now open!

Please submit your applications by 30 November 2017.

National Trust of Zimbabwe’s Heritage Education Project supported by the SGP

Our Small Grants Programme (SGP) is designed to provide small scale but catalytic support for the international family of INTO member organisations, working on heritage management and related community-led cultural programmes.   It is open to all INTO Members and Associates in good standing.

The primary purpose of the SGP is to build capacity and strengthen the sustainability of INTO members. On this basis, the grants would support the following:

  • Transferring knowledge from experienced members to the less experienced members by supporting travel costs and out of pocket expenses for specialists or volunteers to provide advice;
  • Providing support for internships arranged with experienced INTO members;
  • Supporting fundraising and membership recruitment projects, and preparation of business plans and conservation plans; and
  • Activities to strengthen financial management and member outreach.

Candidate project priorities should be consistent with these criteria, and should be integral with the member organization’s work programme, and be intended for completion within 2 years of approval.

SGP funds would finance up to 50% of candidate project costs. The grant must be matched with other resources, which may be in kind.

Target applications should be for project proposals costing up to a total of £6,000 (UK Pounds) implying an SGP grant of up to £3,000 (£3,000 is the maximum amount we can award).

One of the goals of the SGP is to enable organisations to use their Small Grant as leverage to obtain funding from other sources for their project.

For further details, please see and study the SGP Guidelines.

When you are ready, submit your application using the online form HERE.

Your application should be submitted online by 30 November 2017.


Maria Islands, Saint Lucia

At the ICNT in Bali, we were delighted to announce the recipient of our latest award: The Saint Lucia National Trust!

The purpose of their project is to investigate sustainable funding mechanisms for managing an offshore island and more specifically is a collaboration between the Saint Lucia National Trust, the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, the National Trust for Jersey and colleagues in Antigua.  You can review their successful application here.


Last year, the Sierra Leone Monuments and Relics Commission received a Small Grant for its awareness raising project on Bunce Island, site of European slave trade operations and which is currently on the World Heritage Tentative List.

We are delighted to support this project about which more information can be found here.


In 2015, we awarded Small Grants to the National Trust of Zimbabwe and the Portuguese National Trust.   The former was a Cultural Education Heritage Project at the Rhodes Nyanga Historical Exhibition engaging local communities and schools in practical craft skill projects, such as sculpture, spinning, weaving and pottery (see above).  An update on the project can be found in Catherine’s blog below.


  • The Next Round of the Small Grant Program opens – call for proposals Proposals to the Small Grants Program are now open and will remain open until 31 July 2017. The maximum available in this round is: £3,000.   Find out more and apply CLICK HERE.
  • Sierra Leone National Trust – Small Grant Program Success This is a unique INTO-supported program to raise awareness of the Slave Trade sourced though Bunce Island (“a wharehouse of Humanity”) to enable these issues to be highlighted at source for the first time we think in West Africa. The Island had been abandoned for some 200 years. Our new member Sierra Leone National Trust ...
  • And the winner is … INTO Small Grants Programme, July 2016 We are pleased to announce the award of an INTO Small Grant to the Sierra Leone Monuments and Relics Commission, our newest members.   The grant will support an awareness raising campaign on Bunce Island, the site of European slave trade operations in the 17th to 19th Centuries which is currently on the World Heritage Tentative List. Bunce Island sent as ...
  • Small Grants, Big Impacts (Weekly Blog, 7 February 2016) A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General We are about to launch the next round of our Small Grants Programme (check the website for details).   This scheme provides small scale but catalytic support for members of the INTO family, with a particular focus on knowledge transfer. I was therefore thrilled to receive on Sunday morning an update from the ...
  • TEIA publishes the 2nd edition of booklet This project was supported by the INTO Small Grants Program. In May 2015, Taiwan Environmental Information Association published a 2nd edition of , which was first published 6 years ago. In the new edition, we have updated the case studies and included more new ones. Readers can learn about different Trusts from around the world – ...
  • Update from Fiji, 18 April 2015 (World Heritage Day) The National Trust of Fiji (NTF) was the recipient of the INTO Small Grants Program Grant of USD 1,360 from November 2013 – November 2014 to assist the NTF introduce a built heritage program for the organization. A Built Heritage Advisor, Mr. Bart van Aller, of the Netherlands, was identified through the INTO Volunteer Program, ...
  • The renovation of the Bank of New South Wales at Levuka, Fiji                On March 19, 2014 Westpac held a cocktail event to celebrate its reopening after the renovation of their new, relocated site in Beach Street, Levuka.    The renovation and refurbishment of the building owned by Mr Kinman Fong, started on December 16 2013 and is part of an ambitious plan to regain some of Levuka’s former ...
  • Update from Fiji – Small Grants Program INTO volunteer Bart van Aller from the Netherlands, joined the National Trust of Fiji as a Built Heritage Advisor in October 2013 under the INTO banner. With seed funding provided by the INTO Small Grant, Bart will assist NTF and the local municipality in implementing the management for Fiji’s first World Heritage site, [the historical ...

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