Charities urged to apply for grants


International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt.

  • Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) offers grants to help grassroots organisations access the aid budget
  • International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt is encouraging small Scottish charities to apply
  • The deadline for applications is Thursday 28 March

By Lizzie Healey

Local charities working to reduce global poverty are being urged to apply for UK aid funding by International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt.

Grants of up to £50,000 are available from the UK Government’s Small Charities Challenge Fund to allow smaller charities to help the world’s poorest and most marginalised people.

Ms Mordaunt is calling for more charities from Scotland to take advantage of SCCF grants – with the deadline for the latest round of applications approaching on Thursday 28 March.

This week, she announced a full roll-out of the fund to support more outstanding UK charities, reaching the most marginalised communities. 

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said:  “Small UK charities often punch above their weight and UK aid’s Small Charities Challenge Fund exists to make sure those organisations with big hearts get the early support they need to help end poverty.

“For example, Scottish charity On Call Africa has used this money to scale up their work helping thousands of people around the world who would otherwise have no access to health care.

“This summer we will be the launching the fund in full. It will be nimbler, easier to apply to and always open for applications.”

The fund was launched by the Department for International Development (DFID) in 2017 to help small, grassroots charities from across Britain to help developing nations.

Jane Salmonson, chief executive of Scotland’s International Development Alliance, said: “We warmly welcome DFID’s Small Charities Challenge Fund as a badly needed new source funding for small charities in Scotland.

“It is exciting to read of the achievements of charities who are in receipt of these funds and I hope very much that we will see more Scottish charities benefiting from this programme.”

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