Funding brief: The Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) is a funding opportunity for small UK-registered charities and not-for-profit organisations.
This is a rolling funding opportunity whereby applications are reviewed on a six-monthly basis and can be submitted at any stage.
The application process is a one-staged process. All applications must be submitted online via the online portal.
Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) launched in 2017 as a two-year pilot funding opportunity for small, UK-registered, grassroots charities and not-for-profit organisations doing outstanding development work. Building on the successful pilot scheme, a full fund was launched in September 2019. The fund awards grants of up to £50,000 for projects that address the Global Goals. The SCCF is part of UK Aid Direct, a challenge fund to build the capacity of small and medium sized organisations, to support the UK’s commitment to achieving the Global Goals. UK Aid Direct priorities reflect the UK Department for International Development’s wider strategic objectives of:
● Strengthening global peace, security and governance
● Strengthening resilience and response to crisis
● Promoting global prosperity
● Tackling extreme poverty and helping the world’s most vulnerable. UK Aid Direct offers three main grant types:
● Small Charities Challenge Fund project grants: grants of up to £50,000 for organisations with an annual income of less than £250,000
● Community Partnership Grants: grants of up to £250,000 for organisations with an annual income of less than £1m
● Impact Grants: grants of up to £4m for organisations with an annual income between £1- £10m. The SCCF is always open for project grant applications. Applications are reviewed every six months and dates are listed on the UK Aid Direct website. To support organisations interested in applying for SCCF, we typically hold application guidance webinars every six months. Details of these events are posted on our website.
SCCF Capacity Development Grants DFID is offering new grants of up to £100,000 for organisations with the ability to build the capacity of small British charities working in international development. Up to six SCCF Capacity Development Grants will be awarded, to be spent over two years. DFID is looking for innovative, evidence-based and ambitious proposals from organisations with a track record of supporting small, grassroot organisations to achieve their ambitions.
Donor Name: UKAID
Funding name: Small Charities Challenge Fund
Deadline: The closing date for the next review of project grant proposals is Thursday 28th, November, 2019 at 17:00pm (GMT).
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Funding limit: SCCF project grants of up to £50,000 are available for projects of up to two years.
Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.
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Project duration: To deliver projects of up to two years duration
Eligible organization: As below
● Open to UK-registered charities with an annual income of £250,000 or less
● Applicants should register and complete an initial eligibility assessment form located on the UK Aid Direct website. If eligible, you will be able to continue your application on our online system. Applications sent via email or post will not be accepted and we do not consider any additional documents not explicitly requested as part of the online application process.
To be eligible for an SCCF grant your organisation:
● Must be registered in the UK
● Be a not-for-profit organisation
● Have an average annual income of less than £250,000 over the past three years
● Must be implementing projects in an eligible country
● Must be working towards addressing the Global Goals.
What cannot be funded with an SCCF grant
● Organisations that:
Are not registered in the UK
Are linked to any terrorist organisation
Discriminate against groups based on gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, colour, ethnicity, religion etc.
Are a governmental and or / inter-governmental organisation (or any other type of organisation that reports directly to government)
Are government institutions
Encourage activities which may lead to civil unrest.
● Projects/grants that would:
Support poverty alleviation work or awareness raising activities in the UK
Actively encourage civil disobedience or take a partisan political stance
In the case of organisations that include proselytising in their organisational objectives: fail to provide assurances that promoting religion will not hinder project implementation, or lead to exclusivity or conditionality
Include major capital expenditure like construction or purchasing buildings, cars or land. Any aspect of capital expenditure included in a proposal needs to be fully justified as directly contributing to a sustainable improvement in people’s lives
Support orphanages or other residential children’s institutions. Consideration may be given to projects that support the reintegration into families/family based care of children from institutions
Events which are not part of a wider project. For example: one-off conferences/seminars/training events/exchange, or costs associated to participants attending events
Provide educational scholarships
Provide organisational support for core costs. SCCF grants are designed to provide project funding and all project costs, including administration budget lines, must be clearly related to the project. See section 3.6 for guidance on how overhead/NPAC costs should be included in your budget.
Involve cash couriering at any level
Deal solely with the overseas transportation of goods and supplies.
Eligible Country: 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’s DFID. Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria are the exceptions to this rule and are not eligible project countries for SCCF project grants.
If you are proposing a multi-country project, all the countries must be eligible. The full list of eligible countries is below: Angola, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Democratic Republic of he), Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt (Arab Republic of), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Iraq, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Libya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, The Occupied Palestinian Territories, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tanzania (United Republic of), Togo, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Venezuela (República Bolivariana de), Yemen, Zambia , Zimbabwe
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● Applications must be submitted online. The online form is available at www.ukaiddirect.org and you should click the red login button in the top right hand corner of the home page. You will then be asked to complete an eligibility check and, if eligible, you will then be able to access the online application system. A PDF version of the form is available to download for your information, but you must fill in the final version online. Applications cannot be accepted via email or post.
● You will need to upload the following: Your organisation’s strategic plan if you have one and your organogram if you have one. Fiduciary documents, including:
Proof of organisational registration
Letter of good standing from your bank
Full name, date of birth and citizenship of your Senior Management Team. Please upload passport copies for each individual
Full name, date of birth and citizenship of the organisation’s Chair, Deputy Chair and Treasurer. Please upload passport copies for each individual
Proof of registered address
Details of two referees
Copy of the past three years’ annual accounts (audited or certified).
Note: Please contact with the donor directly to know the details of applying.
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