UK Aid Match

This page provides grants to UK-based civil society organisations and charities for poverty reduction projects in developing countries.

Disasters Emergency Committee

UK Aid Match has increased the impact of a number of the Disasters Emergency Committee’s (DEC’s) recent appeals, helping to provide immediate support to countries facing large-scale humanitarian disasters.

Most recently, this has included delivering life-saving aid to people affected by the devastating floods in Pakistan, and to people needing help due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.

At times of crisis overseas, the DEC brings together 15 leading UK aid charities to raise funds quickly and efficiently. By pooling resources to work as one, DEC is pivotal in co-ordinating the UK public’s response to these crises. It helps to save, protect and rebuild the lives of people facing life-and-death situations through effective humanitarian response.

DEC appeals which the UK Government has supported though UK Aid Match:

Crisis UK Aid Match Total raised including UK Aid Match
2023 Turkey-Syria Earthquake Appeal £5 million active
2022 Pakistan Floods Appeal £5 million active
2022 Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal £25 million active
2021 Afghanistan Crisis Appeal £10 million £50 million
2020 Coronavirus Appeal £10 million £62 million
2019 Cyclone Idai Appeal £4 million £43 million
2018 Indonesia Tsunami Appeal £2 million £29 million
2017 Rohingya Crisis Appeal £5 million £30 million
2017 East Africa Crisis Appeal £10 million £66 million
2017 Yemen Crisis Appeal £5 million £30 million
2015 Nepal Earthquake Appeal £5 million £87 million
2014 Ebola Crisis Appeal £5 million £37 million
2014 Gaza Crisis Appeal £2 million £19 million
2013 Philippines Typhoon Appeal £5 million £96 million

How it works

UK Aid Match brings charities, the British public and the UK government together to collectively change the lives of some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.

It provides opportunities for the UK public to engage with international development issues and have a say in how UK aid is spent. At the same time it boosts the impact of the very best civil society projects to reach the poorest people in developing countries.

For every £1 donated to a UK Aid Match charity appeal, the government will also contribute £1 of UK aid, to help these projects go further in changing and saving lives. UK Aid Match is funded from the international development budget, for donations made by individuals living in the UK.


The first phase of UK Aid Match, launched between 2013 and 2016, funded 59 appeals. An estimated 3.6 million people in the UK donated to match-funded appeals. A total of £120 million went to 42 charities, operating in 22 countries and running projects including health, education and water, sanitation and hygiene which are expected to benefit 19 million people.

The second phase of the programme is active and runs between 2016 and 2023.

Since 12 February 2018 the Fund Manager for UK Aid Match has been MannionDaniels, working in consortium with Oxford Policy Management (OPM), Education Development Trust (EDT), Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), and the Social Change Agency (SCA).

For more information on the fund, or to make an application, visit the UK Aid Match website.

To find out more about current UK Aid Match projects or to donate to a live appeal, visit UK Aid Match live appeals and projects.


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

Updates to this page

Published 15 February 2016
Last updated 8 February 2023 + show all updates
  1. The Turkey-Syria Earthquake Appeal has opened with £5 million match funding.

  2. Information added showing the DEC appeals which the UK Government has supported though UK Aid Match

  3. Updated UK government matching funding of public donations from £20 million to £25 million for the Disaster Emergency Committee's (DEC's) Ukraine Humanitarian appeal.

  4. Added information on new Ukraine appeal

  5. Updated information on funding rounds 1, 2 and 3

  6. Updated information on funding rounds added.

  7. New UK Aid Match funding round opened on 30 April 2018

  8. Website now added.

  9. Details of 4 appeals gone live in September 2017

  10. Timetable for the current round of Aid Match has been updated.

  11. The UK Aid Match fund is open for applications

  12. Updated list of successful applicants added - 4 October 2016

  13. List of successful applicants updated 4 July 2016

  14. Revised Annual Review template added

  15. Updates to list of successful applicants - interim and rounds 1 to 5 and Donate to an appeal information

  16. Revised Budget template and reporting format added