Institutional donor funding for international development NGOs provides regular, reliable, year-on-year resourcing for high quality development projects. However, such funds are highly competitive.
This guide gives you the essential information about the main UK/European institutional donors offering funding to UK NGOs to help you secure funding for your organisation.
Institutional donors are either government or other large-scale development agencies with high value, multi-annual funds. This guide looks at donors to UK-based civil society organisations, including:
- The UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID)
- The European Union (EU)
- Comic Relief
- The National Lottery Community Fund (formerly Big Lottery Fund).
Most of the grants programmes run by these donors operate on an open, two-stage competitive process: Stage 1 normally is a concept or summary stage, followed by invitation to submit a Stage 2 or full application.
This guide was originally published in 2017 and has been recently updated.
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