Small Charities Challenge Fund - Applications Open

Small Charities Challenge Fund opened last week for applications for small charities based in the UK.

The Small Charities Challenge Fund is DFID’s first fund designed specifically for very small charities based in the UK. It provides grants for development organisations with an annual income of £250,000 or less working in some of the world’s poorest countries to deliver on wide-ranging priorities including Education and Health. Grants of up to £50,000 are available for projects up to two years in duration (i.e. they can be for a shorter period than two years).

The fund previously ran as a pilot, committing £3.5 million to 74 small charities delivering a diverse range of projects. These projects include waste management and plastics recycling in rural Kenya, supporting women with disabilities to establish sustainable social enterprises in Tanzania, and transforming the lives of carers in Bangladesh. Charities supported through the fund are based across the UK and many are volunteer-run.  

Small charities can apply to the fund at any time that suits them. Application review dates will be clearly communicated on the Small Charities Challenge Fund website.  The next review will take place on 28 November and I hope as many small charities as possible in West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will apply. Details of how to apply, including the application form and review dates, can be found online at