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You have identified your organisation as eligible to apply to our World Development Main Grants Programme. This is principally intended to support large charities which have the capacity to deliver substantial development programmes. 


We recognise that development work at this scale often takes a reasonable period of time before achievements are evident, and we will therefore consider providing multi-annual grants. Grant durations are usually between 1-3 years. The majority of our grants in this programme are for a total amount of between £50,000 and £100,000. We are happy for any grant we provide to be a contribution towards the total programme budget, rather than the whole amount.


Before applying, visit our thematic pages to ensure that your project aligns with TWF’s current funding priorities: Nutrition and SRH -- for SRH application guidelines please refer to the SRH Fund specific page.

Our Main Grants Programme is open all year round without topic-specific
deadlines. Please feel free to apply at any point by emailing your application to We are unable to assess applications sent to any other email address.

Please note that we aim to acknowledge all applications within 7 days of receipt. If we have not acknowledged your application within 14 days, please contact us via or on 02920 838980 to ensure that it has arrived safely.


We don’t have a formal application form, so you are free to formulate your proposal as you wish.  However, when applying to the World Development Fund, please follow these guidelines:

  • Limit the proposal to approximately 2-3 sides of A4, and send it in the body of an email. Please note that tables and figures don’t always display well in this format.
  • At the very top of your application, please list the following key information:
    • Your organisation’s name and address
    • The title of your project
    • The amount you are requesting and over what period of time
    • Key contact details for the application.
  • Please state clearly that you are applying under our World Development Main Grants Programme, and state which theme you are applying to – Nutrition or Sexual and Reproductive Health. Please also let us know how you heard about this particular funding programme.
  • Don’t include attachments or photos; we can ask for these later on.
  • Supply other basic information on your organisation – address, charitable status, annual income and expenditure, sources of funding and website address.
  • Supply a reference if you are applying as an organisation based in a developing country (see the Frequently Asked Questions for more guidance on this).
  • Provide evidence that your previous projects have led to successful outcomes and sustained impact.
  • Briefly describe the project or purpose for which you are seeking funding. You must outline how this meets the priorities of the programme you are applying to.
  • Provide brief project details such as cost, timescales and activities. We don’t need to see the full project plan or budget at this stage.
  • Briefly outline the anticipated project outcomes and how these will be measured, including any post-implementation studies you plan to undertake.



Are there specific deadlines?

We currently have no specific deadlines in our World Development fund by which applications need to be received. We will continue to accept applications all year round.

What are the timescales for applications to be reviewed? 

We aim to undertake a first review of all new applications within 2 months of submission.  If your funding application is unsuccessful we will let you know as soon as we can after this first review.  If your funding application is able to be taken forward to be reviewed in more detail, we will then contact you to discuss it further.  It can take up to 6 months from initial application for a final decision to be made, so please consider this when submitting an application.

Can I apply if I am from outside the UK? 

We prioritise providing funding support to UK-based charities, many of whom work in close partnership with smaller local NGOs based in the countries in which they operate.  We are happy to consider providing some support towards the capacity-building of local NGO partners, as part of a grant to support project delivery.

If you are an organisation based in a developing country and you are applying to our World Development programme, we need to be sure that you are a legitimate organisation undertaking charitable objectives.  Therefore you must send us contact details for a named person who is willing to provide us with a reference for your work.  This must be someone who:

  • Works for an international NGO with offices in the UK
  • Works for an organisation that the Foundation has previously given a grant to
  • Works for an organisation with offices in the UK, which has been a current or former donor to your organisation
  • Works for an academic institution, think tank or as an independent consultant who is based in the UK, and which has evaluated your organisation.

Ideally, the person you provide as a reference will have visited your organisation and be able to provide feedback on the quality of your work. Please state the name, contact details and your relationship to the referee (i.e. past funder) at the beginning of your application. Only applications with references will be considered.

My last application to the Main Grants Programme was unsuccessful. Can I reapply?

You are welcome to reapply, but only after 18 months from the date of your last application.  

What type of grants does TWF provide? 

The majority of our grants support projects or programmes which deliver direct outcomes in developing countries.  Occasionally we are able to provide grants which are not entirely restricted to the direct costs of project delivery.  However, grants that are predominantly for core costs or unrestricted funding will only be open to organisations which we have previously supported with a grant, and which are invited to apply for this type of funding support.

I’ve read all the above, and can’t find the answer to my question. How do I contact you? 

Please send us an email with your enquiry at and we will endeavour to respond to you as soon as we can. If your query is more urgent, please call the office on 02920 838980.