Eligibility

To apply for a UK Aid Direct grant, organisations must be registered as a not-for-profit organisation.

Community Partnership grants are only available to groups that are registered in the UK.

Impact grants are available to groups that are registered in the UK, in one of the lowest 50 countries in the UN Human Development Index (HDI) or in a country that DFID considers to be high or moderate fragility.

The project countries for both types, where organisations can implement their UK Aid Direct-funded projects in are:

  • the lowest 50 countries in the UN Human Development Index (HDI)
    and
  • the countries the UK Department for International Development (DFID) considers to be of high or moderate fragility

See further basic eligibility details about both grant types below.

To be considered as UK-based, your organisation must be registered as a not-for-profit organisation in the UK.

If your organisation is part of an international family of organisations, your organisation must be registered in the UK and have its own UK constitution and an independent board of trustees.

The board must be locally appointed and be free and able to make independent decisions on strategic and operational issues.

Not-for-profit definition

The UK Department for International Development (DFID) defines 'not-for-profit' organisations as those that do not distribute surplus funds to owners or shareholders, but instead use them to help pursue the organisational goals.

Latest funding round - Specific focus

Read more about the specific focus and priorities of the latest UK Aid Direct funding round

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Concept notes - What is required?

Find out more about concept notes and what criteria they will be assessed against

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Full application - what is required?

Find out what is required and expected at full application stage

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We will not fund - Funding restrictions

Find out what types of organisations and activities will not be considered for UK Aid Direct funding

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At a glance

Community Partnership grants

For: Small-sized (average income of less than £1m per annum for the past 3 years) not-for-profit organisations registered in the UK

Purpose: Small grants for initiatives focused on delivering results at a smaller, community-level scale

Size: Up to £250,000 per grant

Project countries: The lowest 50 countries in the UN Human Development Index (HDI) and countries DFID considers to be of high or moderate fragility (see here)

Duration: Up to 3 years

Concurrent grant limit: Two per organisation

Matched funding: Not required

At a glance

Impact grants

For: Medium-sized (average income of less than £10m per annum for the past 3 years) not-for-profit organisations registered in the UK, in one of the lowest 50 countries in the UN Human Development Index (HDI) or one of the countries DFID considers to be of high or moderate fragility

Purpose: Large grants for initiatives focused on bringing tangible change at a larger scale

Size: From £250,001 - £4,000,000

Project countries: The lowest 50 countries in the UN Human Development Index (HDI) and countries DFID considers to be of high or moderate fragility (see here)

Duration: From between 3 to 5 years, proposals for 3+ years must be supported by a compelling case for longer duration.

Concurrent grant limit: Three per organisation

Matched funding: At least 25%

Case studies - People we have helped

UK Aid Direct grant holders work to reduce poverty overseas

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