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Please note: UK Aid Match is currently not accepting applications

The full application is the second step of the UK Aid Match application process. Those who have been successful at the concept note stage will be invited to submit a full application. A timeline of the application process can be found below.

Full proposals will be independently assessed after the deadline for submissions has passed and following approval from the Department for International Development (DFID), the shortlisted applications will be offered a provisional award of funding, subject to satisfactory completion of a due diligence assessment.

How to complete a full application

All applications must be made through the online portal. At the full application stage, the following documents must be provided: 

  • The project rationale and justification (including baselines to indicate/estimate the scale of the problem)
  • A clear and simple theory of change, outlining assumptions
  • The specific improvements that would be seen by the end of the project
  • A simple graph showing the expected improvements over time
  • The scope of work and top priorities
  • The project approach explaining how the improvements would be delivered in the time available
  • The main risks and mitigating actions
  • Organisational credentials and the achievements of the proposed team members, including those delivering the appeal
  • The approach to sustainability
  • The stakeholder engagement that has taken place
  • The project’s approach to promoting gender equality, disability inclusion and empowerment (including linking with the leave no one behind agenda), women and girls with disabilities, women and girls affected by gender-based violence or the threat of violence
  • The approach to monitoring and evaluation
  • Value for money of the anticipated change
  • Delivery chain and risk map setting out the flow of the project funds
  • Realistic budget
  • Logframe
  • A completed C1 appeal communications proposal form
  • A completed C2 communications proposal form

More details on the concept note stage can be found on page nine in the Developing your project proposal and application guidance and page nine of the Communications and appeal application rule book.

You will find the resources and forms you need to complete the full application at the bottom of the page. 

Due diligence assessment

If DFID has never conducted a due diligence check for your organisation or has not done one in the last three years a full due diligence review will be needed. If DFID has assessed your organisation within the last three years an additional review may be needed to assess your capacity to deliver this specific project. 

You will have to address any issues that arise during this review. Depending on how important they are, you might have to do so before the grant starts, or you may be able to deal with them during the first months of the project. 

Serious issues may mean that UK Aid Match funding is withdrawn. 

Application guidance

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

Application forms

C1 appeal communications form

C2 communications proposal form

Safeguarding

Find out more about our safeguarding policies on the dedicated safeguarding page.

Templates

Logframe template

Safeguarding

Find out more about our safeguarding policies on the dedicated safeguarding page.

Additional guidance

12 project design tips to maximise your chance of securing funding

Video: The benefits of being a UK Aid Match grant holder and top tips for applying with Motivation

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.

Podcast: How to recruit and manage communications partners with Street Child and Mary’s Meals

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.

A guide to logframes
This guide explains what a logframe is, their purpose and how to develop one

Theory of Change: Resilience to Climate Change
This Theory of Change has been developed for those interested in submitting for projects addressing climate change issues.

A guide to developing a theory of change
This guide explains what a theory of change is, its purpose and how to develop one

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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