Children Survive and Thrive: Rise and Shine

12 noon GMT on 22 March 2019

We are inviting applications from Kenya, Malawi and the United Kingdom

We will commit funding for 3 to 5 years

Up to £150K in the UK and up to £300K in Kenya and Malawi with larger investments in some cases.

Find out more details and apply here.


We are excited to launch this funding opportunity focused on community action for early childhood development – to help make sure that all children have the best possible start, and become happy, healthy and confident individuals.

For the past twenty years, a growing body of evidence has shown that significant results in children’s development can be achieved through critical support from the time of pregnancy through the early years of life.

The aim of this programme is to support child-centred approaches, and to make progress in addressing the comprehensive development needs of children during their early years, up to and including their transition to primary school.  These child-centred approaches should be based on recognised good practice.


  • Funding is available for 3 to 5 years
  • In the UK we will make investments of £150K and below, and in Kenya and Malawi we will make investments of £300K and below.
  • In some cases, we may approve investments at a higher level – up to £300K in the UK, and up to £750K in Kenya and Malawi – for organisations that will both deliver strong community-level efforts and also contribute to strategic changes. For example, this could be through a combination of supporting families directly, and influencing stakeholders, policy or guidelines at local or national level.  Please note, however, that we do not expect to fund many grants at the higher level.
  • The investment can be used to cover specific activities, or a combination of activities and the organisation’s core costs or overheads.  If an organisation’s main purpose is to advance early childhood development, and it can demonstrate its impact, we may consider funding core costs only.