UK Aid Match brings charities, the public and UK government together to collectively change the lives of some of the world’s poorest people. It also gives the British public an opportunity to engage with international development issues and have a say in how UK aid is spent. The Department for International Development welcomes proposals for the latest £20 million round of UK Aid Match from charities working on the following issues: disability, health, women’s empowerment, youth employment, prosperity, modern slavery, girls’ education, plus oceans and plastics. This will be the first time the public will be able to double their donations to charities tackling the scourge of plastics waste in the world’s oceans.
UK Aid Match welcomes all applications that tackle poverty by addressing the Global Goals, and would expect that some successful proposals will focus on the following areas: (1) addressing the immediate and underlying causes of malnutrition among children under 5 years and adolescent girls and women of reproductive age (including those who are pregnant or breastfeeding); and (2) supporting DFID’s commitment to enable 24 million additional women and girls to gain access to family planning between 2012 and 2020, using rights-based, voluntary approaches (UK Aid Match will particularly support innovative work that promotes the broader empowerment of the poorest girls and women and those in hard-to-reach settings, or work that successfully challenges harmful norms).
The UK Aid Match fund is open to organisations that are: (1) UK-based; (1) non-governmental and not-for-profit organisation; (3) deliver poverty reduction projects in up to 2 of DFID’s eligible countries be able to provide published annual audited accounts or financial statements for the previous 2 years.
The countries that are eligible for organisations to implement their UK Aid Match-funded projects in are: (1) the lowest 50 countries in the UN Human Development Index (HDI); and (2) certain countries the UK Department for International Development (DFID) considers to be of high or moderate fragility.
Grant sizes range from £100,000 to more than £1,000,000. DFID will match all eligible donations from the public to the organisation’s appeal over an agreed period of up to 3 months and up to a maximum of £2,000,000. For every £1 donated to a UK Aid Match charity appeal, the government will also contribute £1 of UK aid, to help these projects go further in changing and saving lives. UK Aid Match is funded from the international development budget, for donations made by individuals living in the UK.
There is a 2 stage application process to apply for the scheme. In the first instance applicants submit a concept note. Applicants successful at the concept note stage will be invited to submit a full application. The application deadline is 13 December 2018. Full application will be open from 11 February 2019 and close on 21 March 2019.