UK Funding

General Advice

The Department of Foreign and International Development (DFID), the ministerial department for international development, provides guidance and information on various types of international funding schemes from governmental departments as well as a Funding Finder, a search tool for international development funding opportunities. DFID also manages funding programmes directly.

BOND, the UK membership body for organisations working in international development, provides general information and training on various funding programmes and project management. A list of funding opportunities provided by Bond’s members and other institutions is available on its website.

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Funding programmes

Tropical Health Education Trust

The Tropical Health Education Trust (THET) manages different grant programmes to support health partnerships in low- and middle-income countries, such as the Africa Grants Programme (AGP) and the Health Partnership Scheme (HPS).

The HPS is a four-year programme to support the development of health services in some of the world’s poorest countries. The HPS website provides resources for the formation and growth of effective partnerships that respond to low-income country demands, matching them with support in the UK and elsewhere and sharing good practice and learning.

The AGP supports the training of health professionals through partnerships between health organisations in the UK and Ireland, and their counterparts in Africa.

The size and duration of the grants depends on the funding stream. For information about the different funding streams and upcoming calls, visit the THET website or subscribe to the THET newsletter.

Comic Relief

Grants Programmes

Comic Relief helps some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the world to turn their lives around. They do this by giving all the money the public raise to charitable projects across the UK and some of the poorest countries in the world, especially Sub-Saharan Africa.

In order to be eligible, applications to the International Grants Programme firstly must come under one of the seven specific programme goals: women and child health, education, gender equality, people living in slums, children and young people at risk, people affected by HIV and economic opportunities for people living in poverty. More information on criteria and the application process can be found at the Comic Relief website 

Big Lottery Fund

International Funding Programme

The Big Lottery Fund distributes a share of the funds by the National Lottery to fund projects in the UK and world-wide. As International Communities - the Big Lottery Fund’s last international funding programme – ended in 2015, the Big Lottery Fund is preparing a new international funding programme in line with the Sustainable Development Goals and their own Strategic Framework. To find out about current opportunities for international projects, visit the Big Lottery Fund’s Funding Finder page.

Charles Heywood Foundation

The Charles Heywood Foundation is a grant-making charitable trust, which awards grants to charities that are registered in the UK. Funding is available for projects that improve the livelihood of disadvantaged communities in the Commonwealth countries of Africa, with a focus on:

  1. Basic health programmes
  2. Clean water and sanitation
  3. Self-sustainability through training in farming skills.
BMA Humanitarian Fund

The BMA Humanitarian Fund is designed to support and encourage the development of new initiatives, to help teams undertaking humanitarian projects. Projects must offer clear health benefits to the local population, must involve at least one current NHS employee and should have a sustainable impact.

James Tudor Foundation

The Foundation is a charitable company established to relief sickness in the UK and internationally. It provides grants for UK charities across six programme areas:

  1. Palliative Care
  2. Medical Research
  3. Health Education
  4. Relief of sickness
  5. Overseas projects
  6. Other means in line with the objectives of the foundation.

The foundation focuses primarily on small and medium-sized UK charities that have been established for more than 2 years.