Small Charities Challenge Fund: first review of proposals

Thinking about applying for the new Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) grant, or in the process of completing your application?  Although this funding round will remain open, all SCCF applications will be reviewed on a 6-monthly basis. The closing date for the first review of proposals is Saturday 30 September 2017 at 17:00 UK time, so should you wish to be considered in this review please submit your application prior to the deadline.

The UK Aid Direct helpdesk, ukaiddirect@manniondaniels.com will be open as usual, Monday to Friday 09:00 – 17:00 UK time. Please note that no support will be available on Saturday 30 September and we strongly advise that you aim to resolve any queries and submit all applications by Friday 29 September at the latest.

Outcomes are expected to be announced in early December.

We encourage all applicants to check ELIGIBILITY before applying for the fund and to read the SCCF GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS before submitting applications.

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.

New DFID-funded Small Charities Challenge Fund launched

A new challenge fund from the Department for International Development (DFID) designed to strengthen grassroots development organisations working with the poor, vulnerable and most marginalised has been launched.

The Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) will support Britain’s small non-profit groups, to scale-up and increase the reach and efficiency of their projects.

Grants of up to £50,000 will be available for projects of up to 2 years, and applications for funding can be submitted from 5 July 2017 via this website.

Applications will be accepted at any time and the first assessment will be in October (and every 6 months thereafter).

To find out if your organisation is eligible to apply visit the ELIGIBILITY section of this website or visit the HOW TO APPLY section.