Applying for a Small Charities Challenge Fund grant (SCCF)

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. Application guidance

  • a) Results framework guidance

    This guidance for a Small Charities Challenge Fund grant aims

    • to increase applicants understanding of their programme’s goals and objectives
    • to define the relationships between the factors that are key to implementation
    • to articulate the internal and external elements that could affect their programme’s success
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  • b) Results framework template

    This template should be used to record:

    • outcome indicators
    • output activities
    • milestones
    • means of verification
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  • c) Budget and workplan template

    Download this template to complete your budget and workplan for SCCF.

    Updated on site 20 September, 2018

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  • d) Example of a good application

    We’re often asked by applicants what makes a good SCCF application.
    There’s no single answer to this, but we have produced a document which features some examples of quality answers to some of the key questions in the form. These answers are intended as a guide only. They have been taken, with permission from an application submitted by new SCCF grant holder Carers Worldwide.

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3. Further printable guidance

  • a) Value for money case study from grant holder

    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 demonstrates excellent value for money.

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  • b) Value for money overview

    This guide presents a comprehensive value for money strategy and answers some key value for money questions.

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  • c) 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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  • d) 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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  • e) 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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  • f) 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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  • g) Top tips for applicants

    This guidance is designed specifically with small organisations in mind and provides top tips for applicants regarding prospective project designs, results, and finance in particular.

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  • h) What does having a DFID grant entail?

    This guidance is designed to outline the processes we recommend you have in place, in order to be able to fully manage a DFID grant.

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4. Presentations

    a) Small Charities Challenge Fund: guidance webinar

    A new webinar to support potential applicants of the Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF).

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    Recorded: 4 September 2018.

  • b) Small Charities Challenge Fund: presentation to download

    This PowerPoint presentation is the document that was used to accompany the Small Charities Challenge Fund webinar (recorded 4 September 2018.)

    c) 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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5. Lessons learnt

  • Review 1: UK Aid Direct Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) applications and the lessons learnt

    The UK Aid Direct technical team has compiled a summary of their general observations regarding the applications submitted for SCCF grants.

    We hope this is helpful for organisations considering applying for a UK Aid Direct grant in the future.

    February 2018

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