Development project proposal

Applications will be particularly welcomed on:

  1. Disability
  2. Health
  3. Women’s empowerment
  4. Youth/youth employment
  5. Prosperity
  6. Ending modern slavery
  7. Girls’ education
  8. Oceans and plastics

Applications containing an element of innovation and technology for development across all themes will also be particularly encouraged.

All applications must demonstrate a link between the subject area and a clear developmental outcome for vulnerable and marginalised people.

If the application is successful DFID will match all eligible donations from the public from your organisation’s appeal:

  • Over an agreed appeal period of up to 3 months
  • Up to a maximum of £2 million, subject to due diligence assessment

The funding round is a 2-stage process.

UK Aid Match grants will be awarded to organisations for projects in countries ranked in the bottom 50 countries in the Human Development Index (HDI) and in countries assessed as highly or moderately fragile.

Projects with a proposed total value of more than £2 million can operate in up to 2 countries. Any project under £2 million should only work in one country. Your proposal must provide relevant information for the proposed activities in each country. The project does not have to follow the same approach in each country, but all project activities must contribute to achievement of the project outcome. Applicants must provide a clear rationale for working in multiple locations/countries as opposed to working in one location/country.

Project timeframe

Funding can be used for new, time-limited projects of up to 3 years duration, or to expand on-going projects by up to 3 years. Additional activities funded by UK Aid Match in ongoing projects, and the additional results they are expected to achieve, must be clearly identified, with a clear, time-limited schedule for delivery, and a distinct budget.

Project budget

Your project proposal should be for a single project of sufficient scale to use all of the expected match funding, but it does not need to be 100% funded by match funding. For example, your proposal could be for a project which is 50% funded by UK Aid Match and 50% by a combination of other sources such as public donations to the appeal, core funds, or co-funding from other donors.

Since the amount that your appeal raises will not be known when you apply for match funding, your application will need to explain broadly how the proposed project activities could be either scaled up or down. Once the total income from public donations to the appeal is confirmed, you will need to provide a revised proposal for the actual amount of UK Aid Match funding your organisation will receive and the project will not be able to start until this has been approved.

Project activities

UK Aid Match must be used to fund activities which aim to reduce poverty in eligible countries. All projects designed to bring about measurable and lasting benefits to poor people within the project life span are eligible.

If your appeal is for a specific aspect of your organisation’s work, UK Aid Match funds must be used for the same purpose. If your appeal is for funds to be used flexibly across any area of your organisation’s work, you must use the UK Aid Match funds for the activities set out in your proposal but you can use funding raised by the appeal flexibly.