Applying for a UK Aid Direct grant

Here are some general guidance tools designed to support civil society organisations to develop strong applications for UK Aid Direct funding.

1. Financial guidelines

  • a) Principles of reporting

    This document presents the basic guidelines for financial reporting covering DFID’s UK Aid Direct.

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  • b) Budget classification and budgeting

    This section of the guidance covers the classification system of UK Aid Direct budgets, and the methodologies used in calculating the expenditure of grants.

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  • c) Exchange rates

    This document presents operational guidelines on the treatment of foreign currency denominated transactions and appropriate methodologies for the budgeting, recording, and management of exchange rate fluctuations.

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  • d) Due diligence requirements

    This document informs applicants about due diligence and how the process will be conducted.

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2. Further Printable Guidance

  • Value-for-money case study from Women for Women International - NEW

    This case study looks at a highly rated, completed UK Aid Direct supported project and specifically, at what Women for Women International (WfWI) did that demonstrate excellent value for money.


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  • Value-for-money

    This guide presents a comprehensive VFM strategy and answers some key VfM questions.

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  • Theory of Change

    This provides insight into the Theory of Change and gives guidance on how to design your project’s ToC.

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  • Using and designing a logframe

    This document explains why a logframe is needed for a UK Aid Direct project, what exactly a logframe is, and how one is used.

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  • Beneficiary feedback

    This document explains what we mean by using a beneficiary feedback mechanism, why use one, and what needs to be done to ensure beneficiary feedback mechanisms are effective.

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  • What do we mean by 'Sustainability'?

    This document explores exactly what sustainability means, and how to achieve it with your project.

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  • What do we mean by gender?

    This guidance seeks to ensure that UK Aid Direct applicants and grant holders understand what DFID means by gender and gender mainstreaming.

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  • Defining 'marginalised'

    This guidance seeks to explore the term ‘marginalised’, what it means for projects, and to explain DFID’s pledge to leave no one behind.

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3. Presentations

  • How to measure disability

    This is the first publication in the User Guide series, a learning resource compiled in collaboration with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Washington Group.

    The User Guide is a narrated video on the UK Aid Direct Youtube channel, which provides information and advice on how groups can improve reporting on disability.

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  • Workplan and budget tool guidance

    This presentation provides insight to UK Aid Direct’s online workplan and budget tool; how it works, and how it will benefit your project.

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  • General funding round: full application webinar 16 March 2017

    This is a copy of a presentation given by members of UK Aid Direct Team on 16 March 2017 for the general funding round launched on 14 November 2016. Concept notes were submitted 31 January 2017.

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  • Full application webinar - financial

    This is a copy of a financial presentation given by members of UK Aid Direct Team on 16 March 2017 to successful concept note applicants.

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  • Full application webinar - questions and answers 1.

    This document features the most commonly asked questions from applicants at our webinar on 16 March, 2017 regarding full application to the general funding round. Our technical team has provided the answers.

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4. Lessons learnt and application feedback

  • Review of UK Aid Direct funding round 2 and the lessons learnt

    We have compiled a lessons learnt document to profile general feedback on the full applications received during the November 2016 general funding round.