Donor: Department for International Development (DFID)
Application procedure: Concept Note, Online Application
Donor base: United Kingdom
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: 30.06.2020

Financial details

Grant size: Medium - up to $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 250.000GBP
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Agriculture & Rural Development
  • Children & Youth
  • Climate Change
  • Covid-19
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Food Security
  • Governance & Democracy
  • Health
  • Peace & Conflict Resolution
  • Social Inclusion
  • Water & Sanitation
  • Women & Gender

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

  2. America

      Haiti, Venezuela

  3. Asia

      Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Yemen

  4. Pacific

      Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands


1) Objective

UK Aid Direct is a challenge fund designed to support the UK’s commitments to achieving the Global Goals. The aim is to fund small- and medium-sized national and international civil society organisations (CSOs) to reduce poverty and work towards achieving the Global Goals. Specifically, UK Aid Direct funding reaches the most marginalised and vulnerable populations, supporting the DFID agenda to ‘leave no one behind’. This agenda can be achieved through funding projects that encompass service delivery, economic empowerment, strengthening accountability or generating social change. Experience proves that small CSOs can: (1) work with communities and local institutions to adapt activities to ensure effective delivery; (2) add significantly to the richness and diversity of development, both in the UK and in developing countries; (3) adopt innovative and new approaches; and (4) have high levels of beneficiary accountability. These elements enhance the delivery of results and help to ensure sustainability.

During this round, applicants should consider how projects will directly tackle poverty and respond to one or more of the four UK Department for International Development (DFID) strategic objectives: (1) strengthening global peace, security and governance; (2) strengthening resilience and response to crisis; (3) promoting global prosperity; and (4) tackling extreme poverty and helping the world’s most vulnerable and (5) addressing the immediate and underlying causes of malnutrition among children under 5 years and adolescent girls and women of reproductive age. Small grants for initiatives focused on delivering results at a smaller scale, piloting new or innovative approaches or focusing on the most marginalised, working at the community level.

2) Eligibility

This call is open to applications from small-sized, non-governmental organisations that are registered as a not-for-profit organisation in the UK. The organisation must have an average income of less than £1,000,000 per annum for the past 3 years, as shown in approved organisational accounts. You may be asked to provide relevant documentation as evidence.

3) Location

Actions must take place in one of the lowest 50 countries in the UN Human Development Index (HDI) or in one of the countries that DFID considers to be of high or moderate fragility. The length of your project must be three years (36 months) or less in duration.

4) Budget

Applicants can apply for up funding for up to £250,000 per grant. No match-funding is required for Community Partnership grants.

5) Application

All concept notes must be submitted online. Applications sent via email or post will not be accepted. The next application deadline is 30 June 2020.

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