Eligibility for an SCCF grant

Update: The Small Charities Challenge Fund is currently closed to applications.


The Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) is open to any small, UK-registered charity or not-for-profit organisation, with an annual income of £250,000 or less.

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

If your organisation is part of a larger international family, we will expect you to demonstrate significant autonomy; your organisation must be registered in the UK and have its own UK specific constitution and an independent board of trustees, i.e. the board must be locally appointed and be free and able to make independent decisions on strategic and operational issues. You may be asked to provide relevant documentation as evidence of this status.

Grant size

Grants of up to £50,000 for projects of up to 2 years, will be considered by an independent review panel.


Alongside other factors, the Department for International Development (DFID) will consider:

  • the dependency that the applicant organisation has or will have on DFID funding
  • the diversity of organisations able to access DFID funding and market share
  • the financial capacity of an organisation to manage the size of grant applied for

If your application is successful, you would be contacted by someone from the due diligence team at MannionDaniels who will ask you to send in certain documents within a two-week period. They will review your responses and supporting documents and arrange a call with you to discuss your approaches. The assessment will take a further six weeks to complete.

At the end of this time the assessment would be shared with you and DFID, and a rating would be given. Depending on this rating, there would be follow up actions for you to complete. At this point DFID would confirm if they will support your funding application.

Project countries

Projects can be set up in one or more of these project countries, made up of the lowest 50 countries in the UN Human Development Index (HDI) or certain countries DFID considers to be of high or moderate fragility.

UK Aid Direct funds cannot be used for poverty alleviation work or awareness raising activities in the UK.

What we will not fund

We cannot fund certain types of organisations or projects. Learn more on the what will not be funded page.


Small Charities Challenge Fund projects should run for up to 2 years.

Matched funding

No match-funding is required for this type of grant.

Number of applications

There is no limit to the number of applications that one organisation can submit. However, a maximum number of 2 SCCF grants per organisation, can be granted.