Eligibility

Overview

To apply for a UK Aid Direct grant, organisations must be registered as a not-for-profit organisation.

For Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) grants and Community Partnership grants, groups must be UK registered.

Impact grants are available to groups that are registered in the UK, in one of the lowest 50 countries in the UN Human Development Index (HDI) or in a country that DFID considers to be high or moderate fragility.

The project countries for all 3 types of grants, where organisations can implement their UK Aid Direct-funded projects in are:

  • the lowest 50 countries in the UN Human Development Index (HDI)
    or
  • certain countries the UK Department for International Development (DFID) considers to be of high or moderate fragility

In more detail

To be considered as UK-based, your organisation must be registered as a not-for-profit organisation in the UK.

If your organisation is part of an international family of organisations, your organisation must be registered in the UK and have its own UK constitution and an independent board of trustees.

The board must be locally appointed and be free and able to make independent decisions on strategic and operational issues.

Not-for-profit definition

The UK Department for International Development (DFID) defines 'not-for-profit' organisations as those that do not distribute surplus funds to owners or shareholders, but instead use them to help pursue the organisational goals.

Latest funding round - Specific focus

Read more about the priorities for the latest UK Aid Direct funding

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Applying: Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF)

Find out what is expected and required when applying for a Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF grant)

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Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) guidance

If you are considering applying for a Small Charities Challenge Fund grant, please read the guidance beforehand

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We will not fund - Funding restrictions

Find out what types of organisations and activities will not be considered for UK Aid Direct funding

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At a glance

Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) grants

For: Small (average income of no more than £250,000) not-for-profit organisations registered in the UK

Purpose: Small grants for projects to scale-up and increase the reach and efficiency of their interventions

Size: Up to £50,000 

Project countries: The lowest 50 countries in the UN Human Development Index (HDI) or certain countries DFID considers to be of high or moderate fragility (see here)

Duration: Up to 2 years duration

Concurrent grant limit: 2 per organisation

Matched funding: Not required

At a glance

Community Partnership grants

For: Small-sized (average income of less than £1m per annum for the past 3 years) not-for-profit organisations registered in the UK

Purpose: Small grants for initiatives focused on delivering results at a smaller, community-level scale

Size: Up to £250,000 per grant

Project countries: The lowest 50 countries in the UN Human Development Index (HDI) and certain countries DFID considers to be of high or moderate fragility (see here)

Duration: Up to 3 years duration

Concurrent grant limit: 2 per organisation

Matched funding: Not required

At a glance

Impact grants

For: Medium-sized (average income of less than £10m per annum for the past 3 years) not-for-profit organisations registered in the UK, in one of the lowest 50 countries in the UN Human Development Index (HDI) or one of the countries DFID considers to be of high or moderate fragility

Purpose: Large grants for initiatives focused on bringing tangible change at a larger scale

Size: From £250,001 - £4,000,000

Project countries: The lowest 50 countries in the UN Human Development Index (HDI) and countries DFID considers to be of high or moderate fragility (see here)

Duration: From between 3 to 5 years, proposals for 3+ years must be supported by a compelling case for longer duration.

Concurrent grant limit: 3 per organisation

Matched funding: At least 25%