UK Development Minister announces US$37 million in new funding for UK-based small and medium-sized charities combatting COVID-19 in poor countries
The UK Secretary of State for International Development, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, has announced an additional £30 million (US$37 million) of UK development assistance will be made available to UK-based charities fighting COVID-19. The first funding round will open on May 18th, 2020 through the UK Aid Direct program. Charities will be able to bid for grants up to £4 million (US$5 million) each.
Trevelyan also provided greater detail about UK NGOs that have already received development assistance for COVID-19 related projects. For example, organizations such as Humanity & Inclusion, Action Against Hunger, CARE, and Christian Aid, have received funding from the Department of International Development's (DFID) £20 million (US$25 million) humanitarian assistance package. These organizations have provided essential healthcare, food, and shelter to some of the world’s most vulnerable populations in countries such as Yemen, Afghanistan, Somalia, and the Sahel region. Action Aid, Population Services International (PSI), Water Aid, and the International Rescue Committee have also received funding via DFID’s £100 million (US$124 million) partnership with Unilever to improve sanitation in poor countries fighting COVID-19.