Eligibility criteria

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the funding round, applicants must:

  • be a UK-based (1) non-governmental and not-for-profit organisation (2) that delivers poverty reduction projects in up to 2 of DFID’s eligible countries
  • be able to provide published annual audited accounts or financial statements for the previous 2 years
  • submit an application that meets the minimum requirements of the communication partnership
  • not be in receipt of more than 3 ‘live’ UK Aid Match grants. 'Live' is defined as having more than 9 months left to go on an active project.
  • plan to implement the proposed projects in countries ranked in the bottom 50 countries in the Human Development Index (HDI) and in countries assessed as highly or moderately fragile
  • show that funding will 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 on-going 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

On appeals

DFID will only consider:

  • applications from appeals that comply with relevant legislation and good practice for charities in fundraising, marketing and advertising, from bodies including the Charity Commission, Information Commissioner’s Office, Fundraising Regulator (or Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel for CSOs registered in Scotland only), the Institute of Funrdaising and Advertising Standards Authority. All appeals must comply with the Code of Fundraising Practice
  • applications from organisations that are registered with the Fundraising Regulator (except for CSOs registered in Scotland only)

The Code of Fundraising Practice can be found here: https://www.fundraisingregulator.org.uk/code-of-fundraising-practice/code-of-fundraising-practice-v1-4-310717-docx/

Information about registering with the Fundraising Regulator can be found here: https://www.fundraisingregulator.org.uk/registration/registering-fundraising-regulator/

Information about the Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel can be found here: https://www.goodfundraising.scot/

The Advertising Standards Authority has a number of guides for CSOs, including a best practice guidance for charity advertising https://www.asa.org.uk/advice-online/voluntary-sector-advertising.html

Information about the Charity Commission and fundraising can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/topic/running-charity/fundraising

Information about the Information Commissioner’s Office and charities can be found here: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/charity/

DFID will not consider applications from:

  • organisations based outside the UK (even if they are organisations which deliver development projects in developing countries)
  • think tanks, policy institutes or research organisations
  • academic institutions (including institutions which are eligible for funding from the Higher Education Funding Councils and equivalents in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland)
  • governmental and inter-governmental organisations (or any other organisation which reports directly to government)

DFID will not accept applications from organisations that:

  • undertake activities which may lead to civil unrest
  • are linked to any terrorist organisation
  • discriminate against any group on the basis of gender, disability, race, colour, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religion

If we have concerns about an existing UK Aid Match (or any other DFID) grant we may decide not to accept another application from the same organisation until those concerns have been addressed.

Alongside other factors, DFID will also consider:

  • the financial capacity of an organisation to manage the size of grant applied for
  • the dependency that the applicant organisation has or will have on DFID funding
  • the diversity of organisations able to access DFID funding and market share

To qualify as UK-based, the largest or main office of the organisation that is applying for funding should be in the UK.

If the receiving organisation is part of a larger international family, its UK office will need to be accountable for any funding provided.

The organisation must be registered in the UK and have its own UK constitution and an independent board of trustees, i.e. the board must be appointed by the UK based receiving organisation and be free and able to make independent decisions on strategic and operational issues. We may request to see relevant documentation to support this.

A not-for-profit is any organisation that does not distribute its surplus funds to owners or shareholders, but instead uses them to help pursue its goals.