Government plans £40m fund to support charities working against poverty

Poverty Impact Fund will offer two types of grant, but DfID is running a consultation first

The Department for International Development has announced a consultation into a £40m fund that will offer support to third sector organisations that work with the world’s poorest people.

The Poverty Impact Fund will offer ‘innovation grants’ of up to £250,000 to organisations with annual turnovers of less than £500,000 that want to develop new ideas. ‘Impact grants’ of up to £2m will be available for larger programmes.

Andrew Mitchell, the international development secretary, has written to charities announcing a consultation into how the fund is run.

"The government is committed to establishing a new results-focused Poverty Impact Fund to support poverty-fighting groups in delivering against the millennium development goals," he said.

"We know that there are many potential partners with experience and expertise relevant to the fund, and we want the benefit of your insights and views to ensure that the fund is designed in a way that best meets the needs of poor people."

The consultation is open until 22 September. To respond to the consultation, email

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