UK Aid Direct grants


Small Charities Challenge Fund project grants

The Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) is a funding opportunity for small UK-registered charities and not-for-profit organisations.

SCCF Project grants of up to £50,000 are available for projects of up to two years. Grants are for UK-registered organisations working towards addressing the Global Goals to improve the lives of the most vulnerable and marginalised.

The applying organisation, or downstream partner, will also need to be registered in the country of delivery for applications to be eligible.

This is a rolling funding opportunity whereby applications are reviewed on a six-monthly basis and can be submitted at any stage.

A PDF guidance document is available to download which provides detailed support on completing the online application. We urge all applicants to read this carefully before applying. The application process for an SCCF Project grant is a one-staged process and all applications must be submitted online via the online portal.

SCCF grant holders can be viewed on our where we work page.

Jo Cox Memorial grants

On Tuesday 6 March 2018, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) paid tribute to MP Jo Cox and announced a new £10 million funding opportunity in her memory, the Jo Cox Memorial Grants.

The grants are funded by UK Aid Direct and there are two types:

  • Network – grants for of up to £1 million for medium-sized organisations (with an average annual income of up to £10 million)
  • Strengthening – grants for up to £100,000 for small organisations (with an average annual income of up to £500,000).

The grants support projects working across two themes that Jo Cox was passionate about and dedicated her life to:

  • Theme one focuses on supporting and improving women’s social, economic and political empowerment; and
  • Theme two focuses on strengthening civil society capacity for the early prediction of identity-based violence and conflict prevention.

To be eligible, organisations proposed projects to support the most marginalised in one of the lowest 50 countries in the UN Human Development Index (HDI) or countries DFID considers to be of high or moderate fragility.

Community Partnership grants

UK Aid Direct Community Partnership grants are funding opportunities of up to £250,000 and are for small non-governmental organisations which are:

  • Registered in the UK or
  • Registered in one of the lowest 50 countries in the United Nations Human Development Index (UN HDI) or
  • Registered in a country considered by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to be of high or moderate fragility
  • With an average income of less than £1 million per annum
  • For projects being delivered in one or more country
  • Located in the list of lowest 50 countries in the UN HDI or
  • In a country DFID considers high or moderate fragility.

When applying for a Community Partnership grant, applicants are required to submit an initial concept note through the online portal. If successful, they are invited to submit a full application.

Impact grants

UK Aid Direct Impact grants are funding opportunities of between £250,001 and £4,000,000 and are for medium sized, non-governmental organisations which are:

  • Registered in the UK or
  • Registered in one of the lowest 50 countries in the United Nations Human Development Index (UN HDI) or
  • Registered in a country that the Department for International Development (DFID) considers to be of high or moderate fragility
  • With an average annual income of less than £10 million per annum for the past three years
  • For projects being delivered in one or more country
  • Located in the list of lowest 50 countries in the UN HDI or
  • In a country DFID considers high or moderate fragility.

When applying for an Impact grant, applicants are required to submit an initial concept note through the online portal. If successful, they are invited to submit a full application.