Find out more about our new organisations to benefit from the Small Charities Challenge Fund grants

On Friday 1 March 2019, the Department for International Development (DFID) shared details of further organisations to benefit from the Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF).

These 13 organisations are being awarded grants of up to £50,000. The funding will help organisations to support the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world.

The projects delivered by the charities and not-for-profit organisations will all work towards supporting the objectives of the Global Goals.

See the list of organisations below for details:

Disability inclusion projects

EdUKaid (Tanzania).

Education projects

Act On It (Sierra Leone), Future First Global (Pakistan), Teach2Teach International (Ghana), Education and Skills Development Group (Somaliland), Hay2Timbuktu (Mali), A Partner in Education (Rwanda), Baynards Zambia Trust (Zambia).

Health projects

On Call Africa SCIO (Zambia) and Knowledge for Change (Uganda).

SRHR projects

The Hunger Project (Uganda).

Livelihoods projects

WasteAid UK (Kenya).

Ending modern day slavery

Rosie May Foundation (Nepal).

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

SCCF is the first DFID fund specifically for small charities and was set up in response to the Civil Society Partnership Review which found that smaller UK charities haven’t always had the opportunity to work with DFID. It is a rolling fund and welcomes applications for projects strengthening the capacity of grassroots organisations by working with the poor, vulnerable and most marginalised, carrying out work in priority countries aimed at achieving the Global Goals.

At present we particularly welcome applications focused on securing better outcomes for widows.

The next review date for applications is Thursday 28 March 2019 at 17:00 (GMT). Learn more in the Small Charities Challenge Fund overview.


Guidance for new UK Aid Direct funding round

A new  UK Aid Direct funding round was announced on 18 January with both Community Partnership and Impact grant opportunities. The guidance has now been updated on our website and can be found in the links above.

A webinar providing additional guidance will be held on Tuesday 26 February and registration is required in advance. Existing grant holders Send a Cow and AbleChildAfrica will be joining Fund Director Karen Stephenson to share their experiences of submitting an application.  A recording of the webinar will be available to download after the event.

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

Do refer to the guidance and FAQs for each grant type if you have any queries or contact

A leaflet can be downloaded from this website also.

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 either in the UK, in one of the lowest 50 countries in the UN Human Density Index (HDI), or 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.

An information leaflet is available to download from this website.

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.

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.