Apply for the UK Aid Direct’s Small Charities Challenge Fund for Small UK Registered Charities & Not-For-Profit Organisations (Up to £50,000 in funding)


UK Aid Direct is seeking applications from small UK-registered charities and not-for-profit organisations for its Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) to strengthen the capacity of grassroots development organisations working with the poor, vulnerable and most marginalised to carry out work in priority countries and work towards achieving the Global Goals. Grants of up to £50,000 are available for projects of up to 2 years will be considered by an independent review panel.


The Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) is open to any small, UK-registered charity or not-for-profit 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.



Alongside other factors, DFID will consider:

  • The financial capacity of an organisation to manage the size of grant applied for
  • The dependency that the applicant organisation has or will have on DFID funding
  • The diversity of organisations able to access DFID funding and market share

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.


Number of applications

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


To Apply For This Grant

Apply by 27/Sept/2018

Interested applicants can apply online by visiting the Small Charities Challenges Fund, by following the link provided below.

For more information, please visit Small Charities Challenge Fund.


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