Covid – 19 specific funding opportunities

UK Aid Direct Small Charities Challenge Fund

Type of project: SCCF welcomes applications for projects working towards addressing the Global Goals to improve the lives of the most vulnerable and marginalised. It 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.

Location: Projects are only eligible if they are set up in a country that is ranked in the bottom 50 of the UN Human Development Index (HDI) or if it is considered of high or moderate fragility by the UK government. Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria are the exceptions to this rule and are not eligible. See a full list here. 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.

Eligibility: The Fund is open to any small, UK-registered charity or not-for-profit organisation, with an annual income of £250,000 or less. Your organisation or your downstream partner will also need to be registered in the country of delivery for your application to be eligible.

Grant size: Up to £50,000 for up to 2 years. UK Aid Direct does not specify how much of the budget should go to capital expenditure, monitoring and evaluation activities or UK costs. It is up to the organisation to make the determination appropriate to the project.

Deadline: 25 February 2021

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