Grants Available to Small Charities Working in the Developing World (UK)

The Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) offered by UK Aid Direct is open to small UK-registered charities and not-for-profit organisations with an annual income of £250,000 or less.

Grants of up to £50,000 are available for projects for up to 2 years work that strengthen the capacity of grassroots development organisations working with vulnerable people in countries that are ranked in the bottom 50 of the UN Human Development Index (HDI) or if it is considered of high or moderate fragility by the UK’s DFID and work towards achieving the Global Goals.

Organisations that are part of a larger international family, are expected to demonstrate significant autonomy, be registered in the UK and have their own UK specific constitution with 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.

All applicants will be expected to address the UK Aid Direct  Programme Priorities which reflect those of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) i.e.

  • Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  • Strengthening resilience and response to crisis
  • Promoting global prosperity
  • Tackling extreme poverty and helping the world’s most vulnerable

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, DFID will be prioritising applications that can demonstrate that they are responding to longer term impacts of COVID-19. The fund remains open for applications addressing a wide range of Global Goals in a variety of contexts.  However, DFID will expect all applicants to be able to explain: how their project will address anticipated longer-term impacts of the virus and outline how the risks of COVID-19 to project delivery could be mitigated as part of their application.

Grants of up to £50,000 for projects of up to 2 years are available.

The Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) will remain open and all applications will be reviewed on a 6-monthly basis. The next review of proposals is 5pm on the 24th September 2020.

This is a one-stage process via the application form on the website.

A recording is available to listen to on YouTube (opens in a new window), of a guidance webinar held on Thursday 14 May 2020, which provides some further detail to the fund and applications.

Useful Links:

Guidance Notes

Current grant holders

Frequently Asked Questions

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