Applying for a UK Aid Direct grant but new to working with DFID?

The UK Aid Direct team has been notified of a course designed for organisations considering applying for a UK Aid Direct grant and other DFID-related funds.

The course is entitled: DFID essentials: funding mechanisms, policies and priorities.

Run by BOND – the UK membership body for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in international development – the course will be held on 3 days in London:

  • Tuesday 1 May 2018
  • Monday 25 June 2018
  • Tuesday 16 October 2018

If you are considering applying for a Community Partnership, Impact or Jo Cox Memorial grant in the current funding round, we would recommend attending the workshop on 1 May.

By the end of this course you are expected to be able to:

  • explain DFID’s strategy and priorities clearly and confidently to others in your organisation
  • describe the range of funding mechanisms DFID offers and where to find out about these
  • compare different funds and identify those your organisation could apply for
  • describe key approaches organisations need to follow when working with DFID including theory of change, logical frameworks, value for money, beneficiary feedback, adaptive management
  • identify key steps your organisation must take to be ready to apply for DFID funding

To find out more and book your place see BOND’s website here (opens in a new window).

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Recording of Jo Cox Memorial Grants panel discussion and transcript available online

UK Aid Direct hosted a panel discussion on the Jo Cox Memorial grants on Tuesday 27 March.

Focusing on theme 1 – the social, economic and political empowerment of women – representatives of 180 organisations signed in to listen to the discussion which was designed to:

  • debate the key challenges and opportunities that the Jo Cox Memorial grants could try to tackle;
  • to help inform detailed guidance that would be made available to all applicants of the Jo Cox Memorial grants on the UK Aid Direct website

Excerpts from the discussion include:

Theo Sowa – CEO, African Women’s Development Fund (opens in a new window): “I think we can take real pride and encouragement from the work of women’s rights organisations on the ground…”

Musimbi Kanyoro – President and CEO, Global Fund for Women (opens in a new window): “…It does not matter if they’re in the City of London or in a village somewhere in Kenya or a slum in another city… the biggest barrier is the lack of equality of women and men…”

Dr Narmeen Hamid – Strategic Advisor, AmplifyChange (opens in a new window): “…I think in terms of the closing civic space for women’s organisations and how they are coping with it, language is important. So, they are modifying the language they are using…”

Jo Cooke – DFID’s Gender Equality team, who said:
“…Progress on gender priority has actually gone into reverse. That means some of the global rights that women and girls are facing have actually got worse, which I think really challenges most of our assumption that we are on a slow but sure improvement, globally. I think that was a wake up call for a lot of people…”

The panel discussion was moderated by Ben Latto, Head of DFID’s Civil Society Team.

To listen to the full recording of the discussion, visit the UK Aid Direct YouTube channel : and to download the transcript, click here.

Please note: the funding round is currently open and the closing date for submitting concept notes (if applying for a Network grant), or full applications (if applying for a Strengthening grant), is Wednesday 13 June 2018 at 17:00 (GMT).