UK aid agency launches funding scheme for small charities

4 Jul 17

The UK’s aid agency this week launches new funding schemes for small charities and projects focused on diversity, inclusion and eliminating the drivers of intolerance.

The Small Charities Challenge Fund is specifically for UK-registered charities with an annual income of less than £250,000. They will be able to bid for grants of up to £50,000 from a £4m fund over four years.

In a speech last week, international development secretary Priti Patel said small organisations were often best at connecting with people on the ground.

“Small organisations that are represented in the grassroots in our countries do amazing and very humbling work,” she said.

“They are highly trusted and highly valued by their local communities, in particular those who draw on an army of dedicated volunteers, thousands of people up and down the country who are passionate about doing good in the world.

The second fund – called UK Aid Connect – will support innovative and pioneering projects across eight areas:


·      Sexual health and reproductive rights

·      Disability inclusion

·      Open societies (including civic freedoms and free media)

·      Global security and stability (with a focus on fragile states and regions)

·      Civil society effectiveness

·      Child labour and modern slavery

·      LGBT inclusion

·      Tolerance and freedom of religion or belief


The first application window closes on 18 August with grants allocated by the autumn.

Patel said: “The world is changing and the global challenges that we face are far more inter-connected than we have seen in the past.”

She added that  “no one partner has the answer” and a wide range of players needed to be involved. 

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