Eligibility for an SCCF grant

All applications must be submitted online. Applications sent via email or post will not be accepted.


  • the Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) is open to any small-sized, not-for-profit UK registered organisation, with an annual income of £250,000 or less
  • to be considered as registered in the UK, your organisation must be registered as a not-for-profit organisation in the UK
  • if your organisation is part of a larger international family, we will expect you to demonstrate significant autonomy; your organisation must be registered in the UK and have its own UK specific constitution and an independent board of trustees, i.e. the board must be locally appointed and be free and able to make independent decisions on strategic and operational issues. You may be asked to provide relevant documentation as evidence of this status


Grants to support and strengthen the work of small UK registered charities to help enhance their capacity to carry out work in the priority countries in efforts to tackle poverty and work towards achieving the Global Goals.

Grant size

Applicants can apply for up funding of up to £50,000 per grant.

Project countries

Projects can be set up in one or more of these project countries, made up of the lowest 50 countries in the UN Human Development Index (HDI) or certain countries DFID considers to be of high or moderate fragility.

UK Aid Direct funds cannot be used for poverty alleviation work or awareness raising activities in the UK.


UK Aid Direct Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) grants can be used to fund projects of up to 2 years duration.

Matched funding

No match-funding is required for Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) grants. 

Number of applications

There is no limit to the number of applications that one organisation can submit. However, a maximum number of 2 grants per organisation, can be granted.