Applying for a Small Charities Challenge Fund grant (SCCF)

All organisations invited to submit an application will be asked to upload the following documents:

  • organisational strategy, i.e. the organisation’s strategic plan or equivalent
  • organogram (including a description and diagram of the applying organisation’s Board, management and key staff posts)
  • results framework (that summarises the proposed project’s planned results)
  • a copy of registration document (UK)
  • physical proof of registered address (utility bill, UK or country of registration)
  • signed letter of ‘good standing’ from your bank to confirm bank details
  • name, citizenship, and date of birth of the following persons: Chair and Deputy Chair of your Board, the MD or CEO, Director of Finance, and Programme Manager responsible for the UK Aid Direct grant
  • details of 3 referees (include written references if available) for work that you have done/similar projects that organisation has managed

Due diligence

  • if your proposed project is provisionally selected for support, UK Aid Direct will undertake a due diligence review of your organisation before funding is agreed
  • following the outcome of this review, our offer of a grant award will either be agreed or withdrawn
  • if the annual income of your organisation is less than £25,000 per annum, and you don't already have independently examined accounts, you will be required to have your accounts independently examined before the grant is finalised
  • The UK Department for International Development (DFID)'s due diligence framework provides a consistent approach for conducting due diligence during partner assessments, using an agreed set of guiding principles and assessment activities

We recommend that all applicants should be aware of DFID’s Smart rules for project management.

Successful applicants will be expected to become IATI compliant - guidance is available on BOND website.

Reporting Requirements

Grant holders will be expected to complete:

  • a grant agreement
  • quarterly financial reports
  • 6-monthly narrative progress reports
  • end of project assessment report

Reporting fraud

Grant holders will be expected to be compliant with DFID’s anti-corruption policy and approach to reporting fraud. As part of DFID’s zero tolerance policy on fraud, bribery and corruption there is no ‘minimum’ level for reporting an incident and we ask partners to report all allegations or suspicions immediately. This allows DFID to be aware of incidents as they arise, rather than once an investigation has been completed. It also means that DFID’s Counter Fraud Section can provide support and work with the partner involved if appropriate.


DFID sources information on fraud risks and exposures from other agencies (including other bilateral and multilateral donors, as well as the police, NGOs and charities) and provides data to other bodies for national reporting.


DFID is increasingly able to undertake proactive exercises to help our partners assess and address specific fraud risks and exposures.