Latest funding round focus

The latest UK Aid Direct funding round was launched on 14 November 2016, with a deadline for receipt of concept notes of 31 January 2017.


The focus for this funding round is to support civil society towards achieving the Global Goals, focusing on the most vulnerable and marginalised populations, in particular girls and women, to ‘leave no one behind’.

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 (click here to view DFID's Departmental plan):

  1. Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  2. Strengthening resilience and response to crisis
  3. Promoting global prosperity
  4. Tackling extreme poverty and helping the world’s most vulnerable

UK Aid Direct welcomes all applications that tackle poverty by addressing the Global Goals, and would expect that some successful proposals will focus on the following areas:

  • 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). See the DFID Nutrition Results.
  • 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 Direct 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 Modern Slavery Act 2015 defines modern slavery as encompassing slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking. Where it is more broadly defined, it also includes child labour, and extreme forms of labour exploitation.

The 2014 Modern Slavery Strategy focuses primarily on tackling modern slavery in the UK, but also includes a strong international dimension, which DFID is supporting.

Applicants should indicate which of the following approaches they will use:

  • Develop and use partnerships to promote greater accountability
  • Demonstrate partnerships with youth as agents and advocates for change
  • Strengthen the ability of existing and new advocacy actors to enable decision makers to be held to account
  • Improve access, supply and quality of basic services
  • Show positive behaviour change in targeted groups as a result of the interventions
  • Demonstrate increased opportunities for economic empowerment through job creation, income generation and improving market access
  • Strengthen the response to conflict and local-level crisis to improve resilience in fragile and conflict-affected states

All interested applicants should check the eligibility criteria for the grant they are interested in before submitting a concept note.

An indicative timeline for this funding round can be found below.

Key funding round stages:

  • 31 Jan - Concept note deadline
  • 1-23 Feb - Assessment of concept notes
  • 23 Feb-10 Mar - Moderation of concept notes
  • 13 March - Applicants invited to next round - full application process
  • 15 March - Webinars on how to fill out the full application form
  • 13 March-18 April - Full application window open
  • 18 April-17 May - Full application review period
  • 18 May-mid June - DFID assessment and approval process