Check your eligibility

The funds provided by UK Aid Match must support DFID’s objectives to help vulnerable people in developing countries.

To be successful, applicants have to meet these requirements:

  • Be a UK-based, non-government, not-for-profit organisation working to reduce poverty in up to two of DFID's eligible countries
  • Provide published annual audited accounts or financial statements for the last two years
  • Meet the minimum requirements of the communications partnership that will publicise the appeal to the public
  • Hold no more than three UK Aid Match grants for projects that have more than nine months left to run (‘live projects’)
  • Plan projects in one or more of the lowest 50 countries in the UN Human Development Index (HDI)
  • Either show that funding will be used for new projects lasting up to three years


  • Show that it will be used to extend ongoing projects by up to three years, clearly identify the additional activities that UK Aid Match funds will support and provide a schedule for delivery.

Brush up on compliance

UK Aid Match can only consider applications from appeals that comply with relevant legislation and good practice for charities in fundraising, marketing and advertising. All appeals must comply with the Code of Fundraising Practice.

Organisations making applications must be registered with the Fundraising Regulator (unless they are registered solely in Scotland).

You can find links to the relevant organisations and their guidance on the right.

Organisations that should not apply to UK Aid Match

DFID will not consider applications from think tanks, policy institutes, research organisations or academic institutions – or any organisation that doesn’t fit the criteria listed at the top of the page.

And it won’t consider applications 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.

It must be UK-registered, have its own UK constitution and an independent board of trustees.

What does a successful application look like?

All applications must demonstrate how they contribute towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals and how they respond to the priorities of UK Aid Match.

Applications that support the development objectives associated with ending the illegal wildlife trade will be particularly welcomed. These projects will need to show how they can reduce poverty and improve the quality of life amongst populations affected by the illegal wildlife trade.

We are keen to see applications for innovative projects that use technology in new ways that can be developed to support all the themes.

To meet UK Aid Match’s minimum standard an appeal must:

  • Aim to raise at least £100,000 from individuals living in the UK within a three-month appeal period
  • Communicate clearly to the UK public about what their money and the UK Aid Match funding will achieve
  • Include the UK Aid Match message in all appeal communications
  • Use a pro bono communications partnership to promote the appeal
  • Start within six months of approval, with process to appeal lasting no more than three months

UK Aid Match funding can only be used to deliver the development project. It must not be used for any expenses incurred in running the appeal, fundraising, promotion or communications.

Projects that are successful in the two-stage application process will receive match funding from DFID for all eligible donations, up to £2m.