United Kingdom Aid Direct’s Small Charities Challenge Fund 25-Mar-2021

About the Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF)

The Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) is a funding opportunity for small UK-registered charities and not-for-profit organisations.

SCCF project grants of up to £50,000 are available for projects of up to two years, for UK-registered organisations working towards addressing the Global Goals (opens in a new window), to improve the lives of the most vulnerable and marginalised. 

Your organisation or your downstream partner will also need to be registered in the country of delivery for your application to be eligible.

We welcome applications from organisations with strong links to the country in which their project operates. 

SCCF project grants are a rolling funding opportunity whereby applications are reviewed on a six-monthly basis and can be submitted at any stage.

Updates to latest funding round

  • COVID-19: Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, we will be prioritising applications that can demonstrate that they are responding to longer term impacts of COVID-19. The fund remains open for applications addressing a wide range of Global Goals in a variety of contexts.  However, we will expect all applicants to be able to explain: how their project will address anticipated longer term impacts of the virus and outline how the risks of COVID-19 to project delivery could be mitigated as part of their application. We appreciate the crisis is developing rapidly and that accurately predicting how COVID-19 will impact the specific context you work in will be challenging. Please refer to our COVID-19 FAQs page for further guidance. 

  • Projects in Kenya: To ensure an even spread of projects across different countries, the number of SCCF projects already operating in the local area will be considered during the application assessment process. Currently, the fund receives a particularly high volume of proposals for projects in Kenya. For Kenya, priority will be given to projects delivering in areas with high levels of poverty (for example, the North, East and urban slums) and those addressing issues like basic health, girls’ education, family planning and youth employment.

The next review date is:

  • Thursday 25 March 2021, 17:00pm (UK time)

The UK Aid Direct team hosted an application guidance webinar on Wednesday 21 October 2020. A recording of the event will be available to listen to on YouTube shortly.

The Small Charities Challenge Fund application process is a one-staged process. All applications must be submitted online via the online portal.

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