Small Initiatives Fund

Organisations wanting to improve the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules in countries other than where the Brooke works, can apply for a small grant.

   

The Brooke’s Small Initiatives Fund (SIF)

The Brooke aims to relieve immediate pain and suffering and substantially improve the health and welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules in areas where there is proven need, and to work with the communities who depend on those animals, so that they can properly care for them and sustain the improvements the Brooke brings about. 


We do this because there are around 100 million working horses, donkeys and mules across the world and during the course of their lives, it is estimated that more than half of these animals suffer from exhaustion, dehydration and malnutrition as a result of excessive workloads and limited animal health services. This results in suffering for the animals and insecure livelihoods for the people relying on them. These problems can be avoided.


The purpose of the SIF is to provide a means by which Brooke can offer a limited level of financial support, up to £5,000, to organisations which are working to improve the welfare of working equine animals in the developing world, but which do not qualify to receive a more substantial level of funding and technical support from the International Department.


The objective of the SIF is to support small, practical initiatives which fulfil one or more of the below:

  • assist in improving the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules in areas where there is proven need;
  • work with the communities who depend on those animals;
  • work towards the improvement of the policy or legislative context for working equine welfare;
  • and support learning by generating lessons learned based on the experiences within these initiatives.

For the first time we would now welcome applications from organisations wishing to undertake advocacy projects. The focus of these projects should be for organisations to improve the policy or legislative context in their areas/countries for working equine welfare.

Next step

In order to be eligible for a UK funded SIF, organisations must be working outside our current countries of operation (Afghanistan, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Jordan, Nepal, Nicaragua, Pakistan and Senegal) and not from one of the countries under the remit of the regional office pilots.

SIF pilots: During 2015-16 the SIF is being piloted in our East Africa (Kenya) and West Africa (Senegal) regional offices. Our East Africa office will be accepting applications from organisations in Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia (including Somaliland), South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. Our West Africa office will be accepting applications from organisations in Burkina Faso, Gambia, Mali, Niger and Senegal. Please see the below guidelines for further information.

Following a successful SIF pilot in India our Brooke India team now accept applications from organisations within India. If you are an organisation in India interested in SIF please contact our Brooke India team using the following e-mail address clearly stating your interest in applying for a SIF: mail@thebrookeindia.org

Applications for SIF are accepted and reviewed quarterly against the Brooke’s criteria and must be approved by the SIF Committee. For more information about how to apply and application dates, download the SIF application guidelines for 2015/16 as a pdf or word document.

For applications to the East Africa Office SIF pilot, please see the guidelines as a pdf or word document.


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us via e-mail: sif@thebrooke.org

Organisations we have funded to date:

Organisations

Country

Year and duration

Title of project

Asociación Defensora de Animales de Cartago - ADA

Colombia

2014-15, 10 months

Welfare and humanitarian management of work horses used for the artisanal manufacture of tiles and bricks

Social and Animal Welfare Service (SAWS)

Somaliland

2014-15, 3 months

Workshop for Donkey Welfare

Asociación Humanitaria San Fransisco de Asis (AHSFA)

Peru

2013-14, 9 months

Equine Care and Education in Northern Peru

All About Animals (AAA) UK

The Gambia

2013-14, 3 months

To promote and bring about a permanent and sustainable change in attitude towards the welfare of working equines in the Gambia Dundgobi Province

Tanzania Animals Protection Organisation (TAPO)

Tanzania

2012-13, 6 months

Promoting Donkey Welfare among the Donkey owners/handlers at Kahama District, Shinyanga Region, Western Tanzania

The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust (GHDT)

The Gambia

2012-13, 1 year

Education and Training Programmes with a focus on Harnessing

All About Animals (AAA) UK

The Gambia

2012-13, 4 months

Working with local communities to improve short and teach long term welfare for working equines

Asociación Humanitaria San Fransisco de Asis (AHSFA)

Peru

2011-12, 11 months

Equine Care in Northern Peru – Continuing the Care

Tanzania Animals Protection Organisation (TAPO)

Tanzania

2011-12, 6 months

Promoting Donkey Welfare among the Donkey owners/handlers at Kahama District, Shinyanga Region, Western Tanzania

Asociación Humanitaria San Fransisco de Asis (AHSFA)

Peru

2011-12, 6 months

Equine Care in Northern Peru – Continuing the Care

Cambridge Mongolia Development Appeal (CAMDA)

Mongolia

2010-11, 9 weeks

Mobile Vet Project, Dundgobi Province

Animal Defense and Environmental Protection (ADA) (Asociación Defensora de los Animales)

Colombia

2009-10, 4 months

Campaign to diagnose oral problems and dental maintenance for street horses, which work as vehicles in the city of Bogotá Colombia

Africa Animal Welfare Action (AAWA)

Kenya

2009-10, 5 days

Africa Union Animal Welfare Action (AU-AWA) Conference

Asociación Humanitaria San Fransisco de Asis (AHSFA)

Peru

2009-10, 8 months

Equine Care in Northern Peru


Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust

Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust (GHDT): "We are very grateful to the Brooke for enabling us to expand our teaching and harness workshops for the benefit of the Gambians and their working animals." ©The Brooke

School children learning about animal welfare

AHSFA (Peru): “Over the past few years we have achieved – what we feel is – great success with our working equine health care projects. These projects have been made possible by the Brooke’s, Small Initiative fund. In doing so, we have established a good relationship with our surrounding municipalities, communities, schools and of course the local people.” © The Brooke

workshop

SAWS (Somaliland): As the first organisation in Somaliland working to improve the welfare of working donkeys, the Brooke (through SIF) has enable us to hold a two day workshop designed for donkey owners. The workshop which was also attended by DG of Ministry of Livestock, member of Social Affairs Committees in Somaliland House of Elders, animal right activist from Denmark city and local council elected member, animal Right Activist from public community and a private Vet, enhanced the owners understanding of the importance of donkey welfare and helped to stop the abuse and cruelty of working donkeys. We would not have been able to facilitate these discussions with key stakeholders and donkey owners if it was not for the Brooke.

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