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Application Guidelines

Please note that with effect from now until the end of 2017, we are not accepting new applications to our World Development Small Grants Fund. The Fund will reopen to new applications in January 2018; please check back at that point for further information, or contact us via

Every year we receive hundreds more funding applications under our World Development fund than we are able to support with grants making it our most competitive fund. We are therefore only able to support the strongest applications which all:

  • Follow our application guidelines
  • Clearly meet our funding criteria
  • Provide evidence of the success of their previous programmes 

We understand that different sizes of organisation have different funding needs.  The level and type of funding we provide is dependent on the size of the organisation applying to us for funding and also on the scale of their work. You should use the criteria below to assess your eligibility for EITHER a Main Grant OR a Small Grant, and then follow the appropriate link to read the relevant guidelines for submitting your application.


Typical Main Grant Recipients:

Typical Small Grant Recipients:

Have an annual income of over £300,000

Have an annual income of less than £300,000

Deliver development programmes at a district, regional or national scale

Deliver projects at a local scale, for example supporting just one or a small number of communities, schools or groups

Have experience in delivering multi-year
programmes guided by multi-year strategic plans

Tend to plan and deliver projects over a one-two year time frame

Can demonstrate a strong track record
of delivering long-term development

Can demonstrate successful project delivery and the ability to monitor project outputs and outcomes

World Development Main Grant Application Guidelines

World Development Small Grant
Application Guidelines


  • Education
  • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
  • Sexual and reproductive health (SRH)

and the funding round timetable for 2017.


  • Education
  • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)