How to apply

Applications are typically made through a two - stage process; the submission of a concept note and then if successful a full proposal. DFID will ensure feedback is given on all applications at both stages, including unsuccessful applications. This feedback is aimed to be as helpful and informative as we can. All decisions are final, and there is no appeals process.

All applications are to be made online through the online portal. The online portal is accessible through the red button on the right hand corner of this website's home page.  Supporting documents must be uploaded via the portal. We will not accept any applications by email.

All applicants will need to firstly:

  • register online to apply
  • complete an eligibility assessment via the online application form on the portal
  • complete a concept note

The highest scoring applicants at concept note stage will be invited to submit a full proposal, for which they are given 4 weeks. During this 4 week period, there will be a webinar for organisations to ask questions about different aspects of developing a full application including developing a log-frame.

At concept note stage both development project proposals and communication appeals will be assessed equally. See the section on assessment for further details.

Full proposals will be independently assessed and scored together after the deadline for submissions has passed, and the highest scoring applications that meet the minimum standard will be offered a provisional award of funding, subject to satisfactory completion of a due diligence assessment/review. Equal weighting will be given to assessment of both the project and appeal proposal.

Documents needed to be uploaded to the portal

Concept note Full application
Project Theory of Change


Organisational strategy, i.e. the organisation’s strategic plan or equivalent
Annual Audited Accounts for the last 3 years


Organogram (including a description and diagram of the applying organisation’s Board, management and key staff posts)
Draft project budget


A theory of change for the proposed project (how do you foresee change happening, covering at least your proposed project’s overall goal and outcomes)
A written statement of interest (letter/email) to support the appeal from each of your appeal communications partner(s), including agreement to promote appeal and to include UKAM message and branding in communications about the appeal, and specific details of estimated OTV(s) and what communication channels and activities they will contribute (see section on demonstrating communications partner commitment) Logical framework (that summarises the proposed project’s outcomes and outputs)


If available, a brief CV of the lead person responsible for delivering the project/programme or job description if they are yet to be recruited. A copy of registration document (UK and/or other country)


Physical proof of registered address (utility bill, UK or country of registration)
Signed letter of ‘good standing’ from your bank to confirm bank details
Name, citizenship, and date of birth of the following persons: Chair and Deputy Chair of your Board, the MD or CEO, Director of Finance, and Programme Manager responsible for the UK Aid Match grant
Details of 3 referees (include written references if available) for work that you have done/similar projects that organisation has managed
Final written evidence of support from communications partners – any provisional agreements must be formalised and provide any new details. Additional partners may be added at this stage.
C1 Communications plan
C2 Communication's activity timetable