How to apply

The Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) launched on Wednesday 5 July, 2017.

This is a new challenge fund from the Department for International Development (DFID) designed to strengthen grassroots organisations working with the poor, vulnerable and most marginalised.

The Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) was created to support small, UK registered not-for-profit development organisations, to scale-up and increase the reach and efficiency of their projects.

Grants of up to £50,000 will be available for projects of up to 2 years, for organisations with annual incomes of less than £250,000.

Applications for funding can be submitted via this website.

Applying for the Small Charities Challenge Fund is a one-stage process which means you only have to submit one online application for each Small Charities Challenge Fund grant.

The fund will remain continually open and all applications will be reviewed on a 6-monthly basis.

There is no limit to the number of applications that one organisation can submit. 

All applicants will need to:

  • register online to apply
  • complete an eligibility assessment
  • complete a full application

Before starting your application please read the eligibility page.  

Then visit our guidance page and read all of the guidance available on how to design your application.

Please also read the feedback from the previous UK Aid Direct funding round on what was done well and what was lacking.  

To support applicants through the application process we will hold webinars and subsequently update our FAQs. Please refer to the news page on our website for the latest information.

Applicants will need to be able to demonstrate that they 

All applications are assessed/reviewed by an independent Technical Review Panel.