MP welcomes Small Charities Challenge Fund

North East Hertfordshire MP, Sir Oliver Heald, has welcomed the launch of a Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF) by the Department for International Development. The new Fund will target the very smallest UK-registered Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) with an income of less than £250,000 a year. Organisations will be able to bid for grants of up to £50,000 to support life-changing projects amongst the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people groups in the world’s poorest countries.

Sir Oliver commented: “Both I and the Secretary of State fully believe that smaller organisations are a crucial part of the Great British offer on international development. These organisations are found in every corner of the UK, often run by volunteers and highly valued and trusted by their local communities. They are able to make some of the most direct connections with the people we’re trying to help and those wanting to help them. And they are highly effective at building trust with local communities and tailoring their specialist services around people’s actual, day-to-day needs. I encourage charities in North East Hertfordshire to apply.”

Applications for funding must be completed and submitted online through the UK Aid Direct website: For further information, please email: