Eligibility

UK Aid Match is now open for applications.

All concept notes must be submitted through the application portal.

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When applying for UK Aid Match, organisations will need to demonstrate how they and their proposed project and appeal meet the criteria below.

The organisation must:

  • Be a UK-registered, non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation with its own UK constitution and independent board of trustees
  • Be registered with the Fundraising Regulator (except CSOs registered in Scotland only)
  • Not hold three or more UK Aid Match grants for projects that have more than nine months left to run
  • Provide published annual audited accounts or financial statements for the last three years.

It is important to note that eligible UK organisations, if successful, will be expected to fulfil all grant holder responsibilities in relation to management oversight and FCDO reporting requirements for UK Aid Match grant activity. When assessing where an organisation is based, the UK Aid Match team look beyond legal registration to consider:

  • Where the organisation is controlled from
  • The level of autonomy of different offices
  • Who governs the organisation, relating to the financial management of the entity
  • If there are significant ongoing operations based in the UK related to grant holder oversight and management of donor funded projects.

If successful, further verification in this area will be undertaken during full due diligence. The organisation implementing the project in the country of delivery must be registered with the appropriate body/bodies in that country.

The proposed project must:

  • Be implemented in countries ranked in either the lowest 50 countries in the Human Development Index (HDI) or in certain countries the UK government considers to be of high or moderate fragility
  • Be implemented in a maximum of two eligible countries
  • Demonstrate how they contribute towards the Global Goals
  • Either show that funding will be used for new projects lasting up to three years or show that it will be used to extend ongoing projects by up to three years, clearly identifying the additional activities that UK Aid Match funds will support and providing a schedule for delivery
  • Propose a minimum 10% contribution from match sources – either the appeal or other sources 

The appeal must:

Note that all eligible donations made by the UK public will be matched up to a maximum of £2 million, subject to due diligence assessment.

Organisations that should not apply to UK Aid Match

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) will not consider applications from think tanks, policy institutes, research organisations or academic institutions. Applications will not be considered from organisations that undertake activities that might lead to civil unrest, ones that are linked to any terrorist organisation, or any that discriminate on the grounds of gender, disability, race, colour, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religion.

Refer to the guidance documents below for more information about the application process. Questions asked by applicants at a recent webinar have also been collated and answered in this document.

If you have any further questions, contact the UK Aid Match team.

UK Aid Match Round Five project application guidance


UK Aid Match Round Five communications and appeal guidance