The Big Lottery Fund has launched a new £25m fund for UK-based charities tackling poverty overseas.
The fund, called International Communities, will provide grants of between £50,000 and £500,000 for overseas projects that improve access to primary education, healthcare and natural resources, build sustainable livelihoods and support the human rights of disadvantaged people.
The grants will last for between two and five years and will be available to UK-based charities working with overseas partners in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central and South America, the Caribbean and parts of eastern Europe.
Sir Clive Booth, chair of the Big Lottery Fund, said: "Despite the financial pressures we see all around us, international aid and supporting the poorest and most vulnerable communities remains a priority for the UK public."
The fund will open for applications today. More information about applying for grants is available here.