Small Charities Challenge Fund

11th March 2019

The Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) is the first fund from the Department for International Development (DFID) tailored to the needs of small, grassroots British charities doing outstanding humanitarian and development work. With their expertise and dedication, these small charities are a crucial part of the UK’s offer on international development. An SCCF grant helps them to scale up and increase the reach and effectiveness of the work they already do to help the world’s poorest and most marginalised people. Grants of up to £50,000 are available for projects lasting up to two years.

For an organisation to be eligible for the Small Charities Challenge Fund, it must:

  • Be a UK-registered, non-profit organisation, from any sector
  • Have an annual income of no more than £250,000.

Organisations must demonstrate that their work:

  • Aims to reach the most vulnerable or marginalised
  • Benefits one of the lowest 50 countries on the Human Development Index (HDI)* or countries that DFID considers to have high or moderate fragility. See eligible countries here.
  • Contributes towards the Global Goals
  • Considers DFID’s wider strategic objectives
  • Supports the goals of UK Aid Direct.

    *excluding Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia


Applications for funding must be completed and submitted online through the UK Aid Direct website.

Applicants will need to:

  • Read the guidance
  • Register to apply
  • Complete an eligibility assessment
  • Complete a full application.

We accept applications at any time and all applications will be reviewed on a six-monthly basis.

The closing date for the next review of proposals is Thursday 28 March.

For further information, email:

Assessment Applications will be assessed on:

  • A good understanding and analysis of the need and context
  • Strength and relevance of the proposed approach
  • Approach to working with other stakeholders
  • Proposed results and impact
  • Approach to monitoring and evaluation, value for money and sustainability
  • Budget and approach to risk.

The Small Charities Challenge Fund is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and managed by Mannion Daniels.