Cape Empowerment Trust

The URCSA Cape Empowerment Trust is a broad-based beneficiary trust founded by the Cape Regional Synod.

OUR AIM

URCSA Cape Empowerment Trust aims to provide opportunities that enable people of all ages from disadvantaged communities to reach their full potential.

WHAT WE DO

The Trust distributes funding for sustainable projects that empower communities. Funding is allocated for
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT through:
  • skills development
  • educational and
  • empowerment projects.
HIGHER EDUCATION in the form of:
  • post-school BURSARIES or
  • SCHOLARSHIPS will benefit the community, such as social development, nursing, education, and community development.
ADULT BASIC EDUCATION AND TRAINING with the following as the main focus areas:
  • literacy,
  • numeracy and
  • early childhood development
FURTHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING which will enable people to:
  • upgrade their qualifications, and
  • do courses that will assist them to enter the job market.
SKILLS TRAINING FOR UNEMPLOYED PERSONS which will:
  • equip them with the skills necessary to obtain employment, or
  • become self-employed.

FUNDING IS MADE AVAILABLE FOR:

  • CAPACITY BUILDING,
  • EQUIPMENT and for
  • GENERAL OPERATIONS related to the project or programme for which funding is applied.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

Congregations and ministries on behalf of poor, needy, designated MEMBERS of CONGREGATIONS within the CAPE SYNOD of the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa.
AND
  • community-based organisations,
  • charities,
  • non-governmental organisations
  • non-profit organisations who are engaged in SUSTAINABLE projects which benefit the BROADER COMMUNITY, meaning POOR, individuals who are not part of the church.
Applicants must produce PROOF OF REGISTRATION.

FUNDING PROCEDURES

Our funding process requires that any tax-exempt organisation within the boundaries of the URCSA Cape Synod attend a mandatory information session, where they may request an official inquiry form which must be completed and submitted with a formal proposal.
Should the request align to one of our areas of interest, the applicant will receive a Grant Application Form with a unique code number after careful consideration.

CRITERIA FOR APPLYING

  • Organisations may apply for funding only once during a calendar year.
  • Organisations that have received funding previously must first submit a grant monitoring and feedback form and will be subjected to a formal visit to the project site for evaluation before they may apply for additional funding.

GRANT SCHEDULE

There are two rounds of information sessions annually during February and June respectively.

DEADLINES FOR SUBMISSION

  • Due dates for applications are before 31 March and 31 August of each year. Applications received after these dates will not be considered for funding.
  • All applications must be accompanied by the required documentation stipulated in the guidelines.
  • Consideration is based ONLY on the REQUIRED information requested in the Grant Application Form.

CONTACT

Mrs. Leonora Loff (Secretary)
028 713 2181 (tel)
074 301 7265 (cell)
Physical Address:
The Uniting Reformed Church
Cnr. of Watsonia and Suikerbossie
BELHAR
Postal Address:
URCSA Cape Empowerment Trust
Private Bag X1
BELHAR
7507