The Noel Buxton Trust’s African Grants: hard-to-fund community-led organisations working to build local sustainable livelihoods, such as small business support and training and microfinance in both urban and rural settingsPurposes of fundingTrustees would like to focus their limited funds on economic development rather than service provision. Trustees favour work such as small business support and training, and microfinance in both urban and rural settings. Applications in support of initiatives that are building sustainable futures in the semi arid areas of Africa are especially welcome. Trustees also welcome appeals that support and protect street children, and help them find safe and sustainable livelihoods.The Trust would welcome applications that enable successful practical solutions to be replicated or that aim to bring about relevant policy change through effective advocacy. They would also welcome applications that demonstrate a commitment to strengthening community based organisations and ensuring the voice of poor and marginalised women and men are properly heard and respected.Who can apply?Trustees tend to offer grants to smaller, grass-roots organisations and do not generally respond to appeals from large and well-supported charities. The Trustees welcome applications from diaspora led organisations based and registered in the UK . The Trust is willing to consider direct applications from registered civil society organisations in Africa or UKbased charities which might be diaspora organisations based in the UK . Applications need to be made in English.