New UK Aid Direct funding round opening

A new UK Aid Direct funding round will open for applications on Monday 4 March. We will be accepting applications for both Community Partnership and Impact grants.

As with previous rounds, proposals will need to demonstrate how they address the Global Goals. We will also be particularly welcoming applications focussed on tackling urban poverty.

Applicant organisations must be based in the UK, or in one of the lowest 50 countries in the UN Human Development Index (HDI), or in one of the Department for International Development’s (DFID) priority countries. UK based organisations will need to demonstrate how they are working in partnership with an organisation based in the country their project will be operating in.

Full details on the Theory of Change, eligibility criteria of each grant type, application process and new guidance materials will be made available on from Wednesday 20 February.

An information leaflet is available to download from this website.

A guidance webinar to support applicants will also be held on Tuesday 26 February at 11.30 – 12.30 and registration in advance is required.

The application portal will then open on Monday 4 March and deadline for submission will be Wednesday 17 April.

First organisations to benefit from the Small Charities Challenge Fund announced

On Thursday 15 November 2018, the Department for International Development (DFID) announced details of further organisations to benefit from the Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF).

This follows an announcement made on 27 July 2018, about Monmouth-based charity, Bees for Development. They secured SCCF funding to deliver a livelihoods project in Ethiopia.

As part of the first funding round of this type, these organisations are being awarded grants from the £4 million available to small UK-registered charities and not-for-profit organisations. The funding will help organisations to support the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world.

See the list of organisations below for full details:

Disability projects

Global Clubfoot Initiative (Uganda), Legs4Africa (The Gambia)

Education projects

Exeter Ethiopia Link (Ethiopia), Kids Club Kampala (Uganda), Learning for Life Ghana (Ghana), Redearth Education (Uganda)

 Health projects

Friends of Kipkelion (Kenya), International Network for Training Education and Research in Burns (Interburns) (Ethiopia), PHOEBE (Zimbabwe), Teams4U (Uganda), Zambia Orphans Aid UK (ZOA) (Zambia)

 Livelihoods projects

Bees for Development (Ethiopia),

Mbedza Projects Support (Malawi)

WasteAid (The Gambia)

Social protection projects

Carers Worldwide (Bangladesh)

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects

Water Works (Malawi)

More information about each project can be viewed on the SCCF grant holder page of the UKAidDirect website.

SCCF is a rolling fund and now particularly welcomes applications focused on securing better outcomes for widows, as well as those delivering to the Global Goals. The next review date is Thursday 28 March 2019 at 17:00 (GMT). Learn more in the Small Charities Challenge Fund overview section of the website.



New Community Partnership grant holder announced

UK Aid Direct is pleased to confirm the name of a non-governmental organisation to be awarded a grant in the second UK Aid Direct funding round.

Food for the Hungry UK will be working on a food security and nutrition improvement project in the town of Namatumba, in the eastern region of Uganda.

The 36 month-long project is expected to reduce the incidence of malnutrition in over 3,000 children under the age of 5 and women of reproductive age through:

  • improved nutrition and hygiene practices learned in a care group system;
  • reduced food losses and spoilage, and access to diversified foods using post-harvest handling technology and kitchen gardens;
  • improved access to treatment for acute malnutrition; and by
  • promoting economic empowerment of women using Village Savings and Loan Associations

This grant is in addition to the 3 announced on 7 August 2018 and the 30 announced on 29 May 2018.

Further information on Community Partnership grant holders is available to view here. You can also view the new Impact grant holders here.

The next UK Aid Direct funding round has now closed to applicants. Interested organisations can register to receive UK Aid Direct news HERE.