Miles Morland Foundation
Miles Morland set up the foundation which bears his name in 2013, after a career investing in Africa via two companies he created, Blakeney Management and DPI (Development Partners International). Based in London, the Miles Morland Foundation (MMF) is a UK registered charity which makes grants in areas reflecting its founder’s interests.
The Foundation’s main aim is to support entities in Africa which allow Africans to get their voices better heard. It is particularly interested in supporting African writing and African literature.
The judges met this week to decide on the Morland Writing Scholars for 2022. The new Scholars are: Muhammad L. Kejera (Gambia) Neema Komba (Tanzania) Chido Muchemwa (Zimbabwe) Chika Oduah (Nigeria) Lanre Otaiku (Nigeria) The winners each receive a grant of ₤18,000 to allow them to take a year off to write their book. The
The MMF has supported literary festivals in Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and Somaliland, cultural initiatives in east, west, central and southern Africa, London’s Film Africa festival, the Caine Prize for African Writing, several African educational initiatives and the new Rhodes scholarships for Africans.
The Foundation runs a yearly African writing scholarship scheme, see our MMF Writing Scholarships page, which aims to give writers of both fiction and non-fiction the financial freedom to complete an English-language book. Details of the scheme and how to apply for it can be found in the relevant section of this website.
The Foundation has also supported several human rights organisations, an array of London theatres, Oxford University women’s lightweight rowing, projects in Haiti and Palestine, a literacy initiative in London’s Shoreditch, plus several schemes which help recovering addicts and detained prisoners in the UK.
Only one of the Foundation’s staff works fulltime. The organisation’s minimal infrastructure means glossy brochures, unsolicited letters and mass-mailed appeals for money are automatically filed in the bin.
If you would like to support the work the Foundation does, please click on the ‘Donate’ button below. All donations are very gratefully received.