Department for International Development launches largest match-fund scheme

Action for Children, Concern Worldwide and Build Africa are among the charities chosen to take part in the programme, which could result in an additional £30m of funding

The Department for International Development has launched its largest round of match funding, worth up to £30m across 25 charity appeals.  

For every £1 the chosen charity appeals raise, the government will donate a further £1 under the UK Aid Match scheme up to a total of £30m. 

Action for Children, World Child Cancer, Concern Worldwide, the Mine Advisory Group and Build Africa are among the charities already chosen by government to have their fundraising totals matched for appeals running between next month and September next year.

To qualify for the scheme, appeals must be run by a charity and be aiming to raise at least £100,000 from individual donors over a three-month period.

The government asked for applications from appeals aimed at addressing malnutrition in children under five years of age and adolescent women and girls, helping women gain access to family planning support or tackling modern slavery.

Priti Patel, the Secretary of State for International Development, said in a statement: "By matching pound for pound donations to charities of all sizes from across the country, we can champion a wide range of causes close to people’s hearts."

She encouraged people to donate their old pound coins, which are due to be withdrawn from circulation in October.

Between 2013 and 2016, previous rounds of UK Aid Match have funded 59 appeals from 42 charities, attracting 3.6 million donations and resulting in £120m going to charity.

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