Please note: UK Aid Match is currently not accepting applications.
The concept note is the first step in the UK Aid Match application process. A timeline of the process can be found below.
You must complete a concept note for both the appeal and the project. Both parts of the concept note will be assessed equally to ensure applications meet fund criteria. All concept notes will be assessed, and successful applicants will be asked to submit a full application.
How to apply
All applications must be made through the online portal. At the concept note stage, the following documents must be provided:
- Annual audited accounts for the last three years
- Draft project budget
- Constitution of organisation
- Name, citizenship, and date of birth of the following persons: Chair and Deputy Chair of the Board, the Managing Director or CEO, Treasurer, Director of Finance, Communications Manager responsible for the appeal and Programme Manager responsible for the UK Aid Match grant
- A written agreement from your communications partner(s) that confirms:
1) That their support is pro bono
2) The details of the specific communication channels, frequency and content they will deliver
3) They will include the UK Aid Match logo and messaging in related content
4) Their commitment to reporting back on the progress of the appeal and project
5) The details of their opportunities to view.
- A completed A1 appeal communications proposal form
- A completed A2 communications proposal form.
More details on the concept note stage can be found on page eight in the Developing your project proposal and application guidance and page seven of the Communications and appeal application rule book.
Developing your project proposal and application guidance
This document will help guide you through the development of your project proposal and the submission of your application
Communications and appeal application rule book
This document will help guide you through the development of a successful and eligible appeal
Concept note application forms
A1 Communications proposal form
A2 Communications proposal form
Find out more about our safeguarding policies on the dedicated safeguarding page.
Pre-application appeal checklist
Use our quick checklist to see whether your organisation is set up to run a UK Aid Match appeal
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