Brooke development fund: call for proposals

We are inviting funding proposals from organisations whose work supports people whose livelihoods depend on the labour of horses, donkeys and mules.

woman working with horse at a brick kiln

In South East Asia, complex issues of the brick kiln industry impact on the environment, people and the animals they rely on.

Brooke is seeking to build lasting and effective partnerships with organisations for the realisation of our respective strategies, realising the interconnections between working animals and the people who depend on them.

With active and effective partnerships, Brooke is seeking to extend and deepen its reach in making an impact on sustainable changes to animal welfare while also benefiting people and the environment (as per Brooke’s Global Strategy and Theory of Change). We are looking to invest in projects that deliver collaboration to improve human and animal welfare using an approach guided by the principles of One Welfare.

Brooke is inviting funding proposals of up to £50,000 - £200,000 per annum for a period of up to 36 months from organisations whose work includes people who depend on the labour of donkeys, horses or mules. A two-stage competitive selection process is outlined below for projects with start dates no sooner than 1 September.

Successful applications will be from established organisations with a track record for demonstrable impact and will show how the work will result in sustainable and measurable changes effecting animal welfare.

About us

Brooke is an international working equine welfare organisation which recognises that working horses, donkeys and mules support the livelihoods of some of the poorest people in the world through the provision of transport, draught and ploughing. They are key to successful farming systems and industry in the developing world. Often forgotten, their welfare is central to the success of these livelihood strategies. In supporting sustainable livelihoods and resilience, Brooke is contributing to the attainment of the sustainable development goals (SDGs), in particular:

  • Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

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the proposal

Successful project proposals will be innovative and effective in supporting small scale interventions that have been developed with the participation of those who will benefit and are reflective of the context in which change will occur. They will demonstrate an understanding of One Welfare and an alignment with the SDGs. 

We particularly welcome proposals that will result in:

  • Integration of working equine welfare into projects promoting livelihood benefits for equine owning communities
  • Empowerment of women equine owners/users and sustainable changes to their livelihoods and animals’ welfare
  • Work with children and young people
  • Contribution to household food and water security for livestock and owners 

Monitoring and Evaluation

All projects must demonstrate how progress towards results will be monitored, and are required to allocate part of the overall grant to monitoring, evaluation and learning. Additionally, Brooke reserves the right to commission independent mid-term or final evaluations of any project it funds.

​The Budget

Applicants are expected to set their budgets to cover the full cost of delivering the project. Support costs, such as salaries, are eligible, but must be critical to delivering the proposed project outcomes, rather than in supporting core activities of the recipient organisation.

Due Diligence

Pre-grant due diligence is a requirement for all successful Brooke applicants, prior to making any payments, as part of our processes to ensure donor income is spent appropriately. It is not used to short-list grantees, but to ensure that partners selected to receive Brooke funding/grants are legitimate organisations. All organisations seeking to partner with Brooke should be prepared to cooperate with this process.

Brooke's animal welfare policy

Brooke cannot fund activities that do not meet the requirements of this policy:

    How to apply

    Applicants should complete an initial project concept design and submit it to by 5pm on 15 June 2018.


    This is a competitive process. Project concept design submissions will be shortlisted and successful organisations asked to submit a full-length proposal. Success will depend on the following:

    • A clear organisational mission/purpose with a successful track record
    • Relevance to Brooke’s Global Strategy, Theory of Change and areas of interest highlighted above
    • Clear and informed identification of issues, considering the involvement of those most effected by the project
    • Realistic outputs and outcomes supported by relevant activities
    • Potential for sustainable impact
    • Value for money

    Review process timeline

    • 15 June: Deadline for submission of project concept design
    • 22 June: Successful applicants invited to submit full proposal (narrative, budget and logframe - templates to be shared by Brooke)
    • 20 July: Deadline for full proposal from applicant
    • 3 August: Decision from Brooke