Resource Exchange


UK Aid Direct New Funding Rounds in 2020: Community Partnership Grants and Impact Grants

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted June 1, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on June 29, 2020
UK Aid Direct logo
UK Aid Direct logo

Funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), UK Aid Direct supports small and medium sized civil society organisations (CSOs), based in the UK and overseas, to achieve sustained poverty reduction and to achieve the United Nations’ Global Goals.

Formerly known as the Global Poverty Action Fund (GPAF), the fund was relaunched in 2014 as UK Aid Direct.

As a flexible fund, UK Aid Direct is adaptive and demand-led, responding to DFID’s key priorities:
> strengthening global peace, security and governance;
> strengthening resilience and response to crisis;
> promoting global prosperity;
> tackling extreme poverty and helping the world’s most vulnerable;
> delivering value for money.

Community Partnership grants are for small, non-governmental organisations.
To be eligible for a Community Partnership grant, you will need to:
1. Be registered as a not-for-profit organisation in the UK OR
2. Be registered in one of the lowest 50 countries in the UN Human Development Index (HDI) OR
3. Be registered in a country considered by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to be of high or moderate fragility;
4. Have an average income of less than £1 million per annum, for the past three years.

Utilize This Offer

UK Aid Direct is pleased to announce its new funding rounds ‘Community Partnership Grants’ and ‘Impact Grants’ to support small to medium-sized organisations who can demonstrate how they will help achieve the Global Goals whilst also addressing the longer term impact of COVID-19.

Applicants can apply for funding for up to £250,000 per Community Partnership grant, for projects lasting three years or less.

Projects can be set up in one or more eligible country. These are:
a) Made up of the lowest 50 countries in the UN Human Development Index (HDI) or
b) Countries the UK’s Department for International Development DFID considers to be of high or moderate fragility;
c) UK Aid Direct funds cannot be used for poverty alleviation work or awareness raising activities in the UK.

The deadline for concept note submissions is Tuesday 30 June 2020 at 17:00 (UK time).

For more information, please visit

Comments 2

Log in or register to post comments
Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jun 01
Jun 01

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required from an organization like yours);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6; Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network.

Jill Langhus
Jun 03
Jun 03

Thanks, Ana.