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 designed to strengthen grassroots organisations working with the
poor, vulnerable and most marginalised.

Targeting Britain’s small not-for-profit organisations, the Department for
International Development (DFID) funded Small Charities Challenge Fund
(SCCF) will support small development groups 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, and applications for funding can be submitted via this website.

The application process 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.

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 be holding a webinar and updating our FAQs. Please refer to the news page on our website for the latest information.

Please note, there is no limit to the number of applications that one organisation can submit. However, if an application has been started but hasn't been submitted before the first review date, the application will need to be done again, it will not be saved automatically.  

Applicants will need to be able to demonstrate that they 

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