Funding support for the third sector

DFID’s Small Charities Challenge Fund


Grants to support and strengthen the work of small UK registered charities to help enhance their capacity to carry out work in the priority countries in efforts to tackle poverty and work towards achieving the Global Goals.

All applications must be submitted online. Applications sent via email or post will not be accepted.


  • 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; your organisation must be registered in the UK and have its own UK specific constitution and an independent board of trustees, i.e. the board must be locally appointed and be free and able to make independent decisions on strategic and operational issues. You may be asked to provide relevant documentation as evidence of this status


Grant size

Applicants can apply for up funding of up to £50,000 per grant.

Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF)

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