Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF)

DFID’s centrally managed fund for small UK based not-for-profit organisations working with the poor, vulnerable and most marginalised.

Short overview

The Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) is DFID’s centrally managed fund for small UK based not-for-profit organisations. It provides grants to organisations with an annual income of £250,000 or less that work in priority countries to help enhance their capacity and efforts to tackle poverty, and towards achieving the Global Goals.

Grants of up to £50,000 will be available for projects of up to 2 years.

The SCCF is open for applications on a continuous basis and applications are reviewed every 6 months. For information on the next review date visit the SCCF website.

What the fund will achieve

The SCCF will support Britain’s small not-for-profit groups to scale-up and increase the reach and efficiency of their projects.

Grant recipients

Current SCCF grant recipients include:

  • Bees for Development
  • Carers Worldwide
  • Exeter Ethiopia Link
  • Friends of Kipkelion Charitable Trust
  • Global Clubfoot Initiative
  • International Network for Training Education and Research in Burns (Interburns)
  • Kids Club Kampala
  • Learning for Life Ghana
  • Legs4Africa
  • Mbedza Projects Support
  • Redearth Education
  • Teams4U
  • WasteAid UK
  • Water Works
  • Zambia Orphans Aid UK

How to apply

All applicants will need to complete an online application form

Background information on the fund

The Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) is part of UK Aid Direct, DFID’s main fund for small and medium sized civil society organisations (CSOs). UK Aid Direct operates in the lowest 50 countries in the Human Development Index and in countries DFID considers to be of high or moderate fragility.


For further information about UK Aid Direct, please contact the Fund Management team at:

Published 5 July 2017
Last updated 15 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. List of current SCCF grant recipients added.
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