In 2017, TRAID will have £280,000 available for funding international development projects related to improving conditions in the textile industry.
Applications can be made for project funding or for the funding of ‘unpopular’ costs such as salaries*, research, pilot projects, extensive baseline studies or any other aspect of work that you are finding difficult to finance and which inhibits the efficacy or impact of your work. Please note, however, all costs must ultimately relate to textile projects.
*For example, for the proportion of a director or a finance manager’s (in the UK or in-country) salary which is spent on managing directly or indirectly a textile-related project.
We aim to be brave in our funding so are happy to fund work which is experimental but we also fund work which has been tried, tested and proven successful.
We aim to be open and approachable, so feel free to get in touch if there is anything you want to discuss before or while you are writing your concept note.
There have been some changes to this guidance, so please read even if you have made previous applications to TRAID. These guidelines are also available to Guidance Notes 2017 download as a Word Doc here. We hope that most questions you have will be answered below but if you have any other queries, please get in touch with Angela Russ, Head of International Programmes.
Angela is in the office on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Direct line: 020 8733 2584 or Email
TRAID will consider projects, and/or associated costs, that:
Combat the negative impacts of the textile supply and production chain on people and/or the environment
Projects can tackle issues relating to any of the stages in the chain eg growing; harvesting; spinning/weaving/knitting; bleaching/dyeing/washing and treatment; cutting and sewing; recycling/disposal
TRAID seeks to fund projects which:
- Reduce inequality
- Involve the local partner and beneficiaries in the project design, and include them in its implementation, monitoring and evaluation
- Build the capacity of the local organisation(s), and address the capacity of local stakeholders to advocate for their own rights where applicable
- Protect and improve the environment or do it no harm
- Aim for sustainability
TRAID is particularly interested in funding:
- Projects where the in-country partner is headed by a woman
- Projects which focus on second/third tier suppliers or homeworkers
TRAID will consider applications for any amount of funding up to the total budget available. We have no set number of grants we wish to make, nor do we aim to make grants of any particular size. We will consider applications for both co-funded projects and projects where we are the sole donor.
Length of project
Projects should have a plan in place for ultimate sustainability. There is no maximum length of project.
Location of project
We do not have a particular geographical focus for our funding. However, we do not fund projects in countries without a recognised development need. Please note, except in exceptional circumstances we only fund applications which are submitted through a UK based NGO.
Costs we fund
This year, we would like to broaden our support for organisations working on textile related projects. We will therefore also accept applications to fund costs (UK or in-country) associated with project management/implementation as well as applications for in-country projects. Your application could be for part of a partner director’s salary, or for research or a baseline study, for example. If you decide to apply for associated costs rather than for a project we will need to understand how our funding of these will ultimately contribute to combating the negative impacts of the textile supply and production chain on people and/or the environment.
For certain projects TRAID will want to commission its own evaluations, a year or more after its project funding has ended. Grantees and their partners would have to agree to this potentiality in the grant Memorandum of Understanding.
Number of projects funded
Organisations are welcome to submit as many Concept Notes as they wish. We do not place a limit on the number of applications an organisation can submit. Organisations who have previously applied for funding from TRAID, whether their application was successful or unsuccessful, are also welcome to apply for funding.
How to apply
Interested organisations are invited to submit a Concept Note as follows:-
- The Concept Note must be no longer than two sides of A4. Download the Concept Note as a Word Doc here.
- Please use the format provided as Concept Notes submitted using other formats will not be assessed.
- Submit to Angela Russ by email at email@example.com by 10am on 3rd March 2017.
- The Subject Line of your email must read ‘Your organisation name – TRAID Concept Note 2017’
- Receipt of Concept Notes will be acknowledged by email.
Organisations selected at the Concept Note stage will be met in person to discuss the proposed project. If your organisation is selected at this stage you will be required to write a full application. You will receive an application pack by 29th March 2017. The deadline for submission of full proposals is 10am on 1st June 2017. There may be further questions for you and your local partner from TRAID and its Trustees.
Final funding decisions will be made by the end of August.
Good luck with your application.