Supporting the development of your Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) application

Forthcoming information and guidance webinar on the application process

To support applicants of the new Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) from the Department for International Development (DFID), the UK Aid Direct team is hosting a webinar.

This will take place on Thursday 20 July 2017 at 10.00 AM GMT and will last approximately 1.5 hours.
During the webinar the UK Aid Direct team will share a presentation on the application process and a question and answer session will then follow.

All interested organisations are welcome to join the webinar but please check if your organisation is eligible to apply for the fund.

To register for the webinar please click on this link (opens in a new window).

We may have to schedule another webinar if this proves to be very popular, so we recommend registering as soon as possible.

Guidance documents are also available for the Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) and they are located on this website. These include guidance on eligibility, finances, and project design support, together with further printable guidance on topics including:

  • value for money
  • beneficiary feedback
  • gender
  • definition of marginalised
  • top tips for applicants
  • what having a DFID grant entails
  • reporting on disability

We accept applications at any time for this fund and all applications will be reviewed on a 6-monthly basis.

All applicants who have submitted applications by 30 September 2017 for a Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) will be informed of the outcome in December 2017.

Do you need support publishing your organisation’s data on the International Aid Transparency Initiative Registry?


The UK Aid Direct team has been notified of a course designed for organisations receiving funds where IATI is a requirement.

Run by BOND – the UK membership body for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in international development – the course will be held on Tuesday 11 July 2017 in London and places are limited.

By the end of the workshop, you should be able to:

  • explain to colleagues the context of the IATI open data standard, how other organisations are using it to communicate about their projects and how the data is used around the world
  • articulate the types of information you will be sharing via IATI and the risks and opportunities associated with this, and how to meet DFID and Netherlands MFA requirements
  • set up a sustainable business process for IATI data publishing
  • have practical experience of using the software and publishing your first set of IATI data

To find out more and book your place see BOND’s website here

If you have any other questions or comments about your IATI publishing for the UK Aid Direct team, please submit the details here.

Guidance for applicants invited to full application stage

Downloadable resources now available to support successful applicants with preparing for the next stage

All applicants should have now been informed of the outcome of their concept note submissions.
For successful applicants invited to the next stage of the application you will have until 18 April to prepare and submit your full applications.
To support you with these we have compiled some guidance documents. These include financial guidelines as well as technical support.
We have also included copies of the presentations given at a webinar held on Thursday 16 March, 2017 for successful applicants.
There will be a further webinar on Thursday 23 March from 10am -12 noon (UK time) to respond to queries relating to full applications. Please click here to register for the webinar 
Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications received we will not be able to provide individual feedback on concept notes, nor discuss the outcome of specific applications, to those applicants who were not successful this time. We will be providing feedback however, on common issues and themes relating to the projects in due course.