Please note: UK Aid Match is now open for application.
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
12 project design tips to maximise your chance of securing funding
Motivation, a Bristol-based organisation that provides wheelchairs and services for disabled people in developing countries, has received two UK Aid Match grants, and will be running its third UK Aid Match appeal in December 2019. In this video, Head of Fundraising and Communications Jo Hall discusses the positive effects of running a UK Aid Match appeal and shares her top tips for applying. (5 mins)
Podcast: Top tips for applying for a UK Aid Match grant and running an appeal with Motivation
Jo Hall, Head of Fundraising and Communications, Motivation
0.00 – 2.13: Introduction
2.13 – 6.04: Overcoming the challenges of applying for a grant
6.04 – 9.08: Selecting and utilising communications partners
9.08 – 15.20: Delivering an appeal; channels and influencers
15.20 – 23.52: Delivering an appeal; social media and messaging
23.52 – 29.18: Effects of UK Aid Match on donations and the organisation
Click below to download or listen.
Carol Flint, Head of Marketing, Street Child
0.00 – 2.54: Introduction
2.54 – 7.50: Recruiting and managing communications partners
7.50 – 11.46: Different types of communications partners and their effects
11.46 – 15.00: Challenges of a UK Aid Match appeal and its impact
Kim Webster, Communications Manager, Mary’s Meals
16.08 – 18.18: Recruiting and managing communications partners
18.18 – 19.35: Different types of communications partners and their effects
19.35 – 21.34: Challenges of a UK Aid Match appeal and its impact
Click below to download or listen.
Podcast: How to reach new audiences with Afrikids
Isla Pullinger, Individual Experience Manager, AfriKids
0.00 – 5.25: Introduction
5.25 – 10.10: Reaching new audiences
10.10 – 19.40: Key learns and tips from your UK Aid Match appeal
19.40 – 26.38: Challenges of a UK Aid Match appeal and its impact
Click below to download or listen
How to engage local communities and members of parliament during an appeal: a conversation with Tearfund
In a short interview, UK Aid Match grant holder Tearfund explain how they engaged local communities and members of parliament and how it affected their appeal.
Theory of Change: Resilience to Climate Change
This Theory of Change has been developed for those interested in submitting projects addressing climate change issues.
A guide to designing livelihoods projects
This guide explains how to design a livelihoods project and how to mitigate some of the common challenges
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