UK Aid Match Soon to Open!

UK Aid Match Soon to Open!

This month, the latest funding round for the Department for International Development’s (DFID) UK Aid Match opens its doors to applications from UK-based charities and not-for-profit international development organisations.  

Over the past six years, 60 organisations from across the UK have run UK Aid Match projects in 34 developing countries, helping around 25 million people. Could your organisation be next? 

What is it?  

UK Aid Match is a UK government grant for projects implemented either in countries listed in the bottom 50 of the Human Development Index (HDI), or in countries that DFID considers to be of high or moderate fragility. All projects must demonstrate their contribution to the Global Goals, and those who have a climate and environment focus are particularly encouraged to apply.  

The grant operates on a match-fund basis; meaning “for every £1 donated to a UK Aid Match charity appeal by an individual living in the UK, the UK government will also contribute £1 of UK aid, up to £2 million”.  

Why match funding?  

The grant aims to co-ordinate help for the world’s most vulnerable communities, whilst promoting international development and fostering long-term support for the sector from the British public.  

As mentioned in the Alliance’s Handy Hints: Crowdfunding Document, match funding is a particularly great way to fundraise as it doubles up as a marketing tool for organisations and their causes; informing the wider public of the work they do, whilst simultaneously attracting donations. This is great for both participating organisations and for the sector as a whole.  

Who is eligible?  

The full list of criteria can be viewed on the UK Aid Direct website

What does success look like? 

Successful projects must aim to raise at least £100,000 from individuals living in the UK within a three-month appeal period. Alliance members: Waste Aid UKBritish Red CrossChristian AidIslamic ReliefMary’s MealsOxfamSense ScotlandTraidcraft ExchangeUNICEF, and Wateraid have all previously been awarded UK Aid Match funding.  

EMMS International secured an enormous £800,050 from the UK Government, bringing them to a grand total of £1.7 million raised! To read about how they ran such a successful campaign, you can view a presentation by their Head of Communications, Dan Reynolds, and Communications & Fundraising Officer, Eric Bankier at the Dundee Training Day in 2018, within the previous events section of the website.  

You can also see the full list of last year’s successful grantees on DFID’s DevTracker.  

How do I apply?  

Before applying, have a look at the FAQs about the grant. They should answer any questions you may have about the grant/application process. If you need any further information you can contact the fund managers Mannion Daniels via the UK Aid Match website. 

Applications open 20 August, deadline 12 November. Good luck!