Government Launches Phase 2 of UK Aid Match

The Department for International Development has launched the second phase of match funding opportunities to UK based civil society organisations for projects that reduce poverty in developing countries.

Following the successful completion of the first phase of the £120 million UK Aid Match (2013 to 2016), and in line with the UK Government’s manifesto commitment to double the scheme, the Department for International Development (DFID) has launched the second phase of funding opportunities.

The UK Aid Match programme aims to help UK not-for-profit organisations change the lives of some of the world’s poorest people by matching public donations to charity appeals with funding from the international development budget.

The second phase of UK Aid Match will build on the success of the current scheme. It will:

  • Support the achievement of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development through financing civil society projects.
  • Provide opportunities for the UK public to engage with international development issues and have a say in how a portion of the international development budget is spent.

It will do this by match funding public donations to appeals for projects to reduce poverty in developing countries. The key requirements are:

  • Not-for-profit organisation running the appeal must be based in the UK.
  • The work is reducing poverty in one of the eligible countries.
  • The appeal is set to raise at least £100,000.

Organisations can only implement their UK Aid Match-funded projects in:

  • The lowest 50 countries in the UN Human Development Index (HDI).
  • The countries that DFID considers to be of high or moderate fragility.

Grants of up to £5 million are available for each appeal.

UK-based, not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation delivering a project that reduces poverty in one or more of the eligible countries can apply as long as they:

  • Are proposing to run an appeal for money from the UK public which aims to raise a minimum of £100,000.
  • Are working in partnership with an organisation(s) which can help publicise the appeal so that at least 400,000 opportunities for the public to view information about the appeal are provided.
  • Have a robust proposal for spending the funds to reduce poverty which represents good value for money.
  • Be able to provide annual audited accounts for the previous two years.

Total DFID grant funding including UK Aid Match funding provided in any one year must not be more than 40% of the organisation’s annual income.

There is a two stage application process.

The deadline for concept notes is 31 January 2017 (5pm).

Full details can be found on the GOV.UK website

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