UK Aid Direct

UK Aid Direct supports small and medium sized civil society organisations, based in the UK and overseas, to achieve sustained poverty reduction and deliver the UK’s development priorities.

The latest UK Aid Direct funding round was launched on 14 November 2016, with a deadline for receipt of concept notes of 31 January 2017. Please visit the UK Aid Direct website for further information.

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UK Aid Direct is DFID’s central funding mechanism for awarding grants to small and medium sized UK and international civil society organisations working to reduce poverty overseas. Formerly known as the Global Poverty Action Fund (GPAF), the fund was relaunched in 2014 as UK Aid Direct. Since 2010, more than 200 grants have been awarded across 36 countries.

From 4 January 2016 the Fund Manager for UK Aid Direct has been MannionDaniels, working in consortium with Oxford Policy Management (OPM), Education Development Trust, Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) and Royal Tropical Institute (KIT).

The countries that are eligible for organisations to implement their UK Aid Direct-funded projects in are:

  • the lowest 50 countries in the UN Human Development Index (HDI)
  • the countries the UK Department for International Development (DFID) considers to be of high or moderate fragility

Please refer to the UK Aid Direct website for the full list of eligible countries.


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

Published 22 December 2015
Last updated 4 November 2016 + show all updates
  1. The UK Aid Direct funding round has been launched and applications can be submitted online from 14 November 2016.
  2. Update to fund status.