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Small Grants Programme

Our Small Grants Programme (SGP) is provides small scale but catalytic support for the international family of National Trusts. It is open to all INTO members in good standing.

Please note that applications are now being reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year.  Please submit your application when required, although do bear in mind the time lag between submission and approval (circa 3-4 weeks).

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


The primary purpose of the SGP is to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and expertise amongst INTO member organisations.

On this basis, grants would support the following type of activity:

  • Costs incurred travelling to another country to learn/provide advice
  • Attendance at a training programme or conference hosted by another INTO member
  • Support for internships or secondments arranged with another INTO member
  • Collaboration with another INTO member on fundraising or membership recruitment projects, and/or the preparation of business or conservation plans
  • Joint activities to strengthen member outreach

Project proposals should be consistent with these criteria and integral with the member organisation’s work programme. They should be completed within 1 year of approval.

Grants Applications can be made for amounts up to £2,000.  (Larger awards may be considered in exceptional circumstances.)   We assume a degree of match-funding in the form of staff time and/or additional funding but do not require evidence of this.


  • Staff salaries
  • Organisational overhead costs
  • Construction or other capital improvement costs
  • Expenses incurred prior to award date

An applicant that has been awarded an SGP Grant previously would be eligible to reapply only after 2 years from the previous award.


Applications should be made via the INTO website and are now being reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year.  Please submit your application when required, although do bear in mind the time lag between submission and approval (circa 3-4 weeks).


Grant proposals will be assessed considering the following criteria:

  • The degree to which the project meets the primary purpose of the Small Grants Programme as set out above
  • The significance of the project
  • The realism of the project budget
  • The project’s timeline
  • The long-term objectives and likely project impact
  • The qualifications of the key project personnel
  • The potential demonstration impact of the project


We know that project reporting can be burdensome but it very important for INTO to both account for the use of its funds and to promote its impact.   We therefore provide a simple report template linked to the application form.


  • Grant recipients will need to sign a contract agreeing to the conditions of the SGP.
  • Grant projects must begin within six months of the award date. Failure to begin the project in this timeframe may result in the cancellation of the grant and one would need to reapply for funding.
  • Grant recipients must include appropriate acknowledgement of INTO financial support in all printed materials generated for the project.
  • Regular updates are expected and a final report is to be submitted within 3 months of the agreed project completion date. If the project is not completed in accordance with the contract, the grant funds must be returned.

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

Fundraising for the Falklands

Our most recent Small Grant was awarded to the Falkland Islands Museum and National Trust to “kick start” fundraising efforts for their new annex building.

This involved establishing a more efficient email system for keeping in touch with members which has also enabled better recording of contacts.   A questionnaire was developed for use on a tablet device to enable the Trust to interact with visitors and enable them to sign up to newsletters and therefore find out more about ongoing projects, and the website for possible donations

The project also introduced the Falkland Islands Museum and National Trust to the fund raising platform “Givengain” which allows them to receive donations on line and once funds have reached a sufficient amount they are transferred to their account in the Falkland Islands (at the moment on line banking direct to the one Falkland Islands bank is not possible) which they hope will encourage people overseas who wish to donate.

A leaflet encouraging people to donate to the Falkland Islands Museum and National Trust through their Wills was also developed.


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 ...

INTO is a non-profit organisation that relies on public donations to meet the needs of supporting the international National Trust community.  Your contribution to the Small Grants Programme is invaluable, and we encourage you to donate using the button below.

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