Updated Nov 23, 2017

Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF)

Offered by Department for International Development as part of UK Aid Direct

This is a new challenge fund from the Department for International Development (DFID) designed to strengthen grassroots organisations working with the poor, vulnerable and most marginalised.

The Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) was created to support small, UK registered not-for-profit development organisations, to scale-up and increase the reach and efficiency of their projects.

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Open Year RoundDeadline
Up to £50,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

Created inUnited Kingdom
Implemented in:
RegionLow and Middle Income Countries
Focus AreasDemocracy, Human Rights, and Governance
Economic Growth and Trade
Humanitarian Assistance
The Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) is open to any small-sized, not-for-profit UK registered organisation, with an annual income of £250,000 or less.

To be considered as registered in the UK, your organisation must be registered as a not-for-profit organisation in the UK.

If your organisation is part of a larger international family, we will expect you to demonstrate significant autonomy.

Other Requirements

Financial StatementsGrant holders’ obligations are set out below:

• ensure that the Project Funds are properly accounted for
•ensure proper financial accountability, through adequate financial management (including, but not limited to, adequate controls, accountability structures and procedures to ensure transparency) in accordance with the Financial Policy
• retain all invoices, receipts and accounting records and other relevant documents relating to the Project Funds for a period of five years after the expiry of the Grant Arrangements. Such records should be made available at the Fund Manager’s reasonable request for audit purposes during the lifetime of the Grant Arrangements
• keep the Fund Manager regularly informed of forecast spend during lifetime of the Grant Arrangement
• ensure that the Project Funds are not used in violation of any relevant UN conventions, resolutions of the UN Security Council or any law or otherwise
• comply with all terms of the Grant Arrangement
Reporting RequirementsThe Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) Results Framework template is a reporting tool used to monitor and measure the progress of the project to date. It looks at:

• which activities you have carried out to achieve the project’s objectives
• how have you have collected this data
• what would the successful outcome or goal of the project look like?

This guidance aims to:

• increase the understanding of the programme’s goals and objectives
• define the relationships between the factors that are key to implementation
• articulate the internal and external elements that could affect the programme’s success

Application Directions

All applicants will need to:

Register onlineto apply

Complete an eligibility assessment

Complete a full application

Application And Awards Process

Applying for the Small Charities Challenge Fund is a one-stage process which means you only have to submit one online application for each Small Charities Challenge Fund grant.

The fund will remain continually open and all applications will be reviewed on a 6-monthly basis.


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