UK Aid Match

Provides grants to UK based CSOs for poverty reduction projects in developing countries.


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 is designed to provide opportunities for the UK public to engage with international development issues and have a say in how UK aid is spent, whilst boosting 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. This year, more than 20 charities from across Britain have been selected to run UK Aid Match appeals and implement high-quality projects in developing countries.

UK Aid Match is funded from the international development budget, up to a total of £5 million per appeal, for donations made by individuals living in the UK.

Charities running UK Aid Match appeals now:

Read a little more about the appeals on DFID’s Facebook page or visit a specific charity’s homepage. Follow this page and DFID social media for updates as appeals launch and end.

Recently matched appeals (now closed):

Further appeals will be highlighted on here and on DFID’s social media channels as they are launched. UK Aid Match is funded from the international development budget, up to a total of £5 million per appeal.

2017 UK Aid Match fund application criteria

This year, UK Aid Match welcomed applications that would tackle poverty by addressing the Global Goals focusing on the following areas:

  • addressing the immediate and underlying causes of malnutrition among children under 5 years and adolescent girls and women of reproductive age (including those who are pregnant or breastfeeding)
  • supporting DFID’s commitment to enable 24 million additional women and girls to gain access to family planning between 2012 and 2020, using rights-based, voluntary approaches
    • particularly supporting innovative work to promote the broader empowerment of the poorest girls and women and those in hard-to-reach settings, or work that successfully challenges harmful norms
  • Supporting the UK’s commitment to work together to stamp out modern slavery worldwide . Tackling modern slavery makes an important contribution to achieving DFID’s strategic objectives
    • The UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 defines modern slavery as encompassing slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking. Where it is more broadly defined, it also includes child labour, and extreme forms of labour exploitation
    • the 2014 Modern Slavery Strategy focuses primarily on tackling modern slavery in the UK, but also includes a strong international dimension, which DFID is supporting

UK Aid Match

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 £120m 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.

How to apply

The UK Aid Match fund is not currently accepting any further applications. Dates for any further funding round will be announced in due course.

Eligibility requirements

The UK Aid Match fund is open to organisations that are:

  • based in the UK
  • not-for-profit
  • working to reduce poverty in developing countries (full list of eligible countries)
  • planning to run a public appeal to raise at least £100,000

To be successful, applicants will need to demonstrate that:

  • they are able to deliver poverty reduction projects which achieve development results representing good value for money
  • their appeal communications will provide at least 400,000 opportunities to view

You can see the full criteria in the General guidance for applicants.


UK Aid Match Team, Department for International Development (DFID).

Guidance and application templates

Reporting templates

Successful applicants

Interim, and R1-5 live appeals are all now closed. Details of the appeals can be found in the following list:

Published 15 February 2016
Last updated 28 September 2017 + show all updates
  1. Details of 4 appeals gone live in September 2017
  2. Timetable for the current round of Aid Match has been updated.
  3. The UK Aid Match fund is open for applications
  4. Updated list of successful applicants added - 4 October 2016
  5. List of successful applicants updated 4 July 2016
  6. Revised Annual Review template added
  7. Updates to list of successful applicants - interim and rounds 1 to 5 and Donate to an appeal information
  8. Revised Budget template and reporting format added