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MP asks local groups to support UK development efforts

Julian-SmithJulian Smith MP is encouraging charities and not-for-profit groups in Skipton and Ripon to bid for money from a £4m fund to support efforts to reduce global poverty.

The Global Poverty Action Fund’s Community Partnership Window allows small, UK-based organisations to put forward innovative ideas in pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals to help the poorest people around the world.

The bidding process has now opened and closes on 9 July 2013.

Julian, who is the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for International Development, said:

I know there are large numbers of individuals and organisations in Skipton and Ripon who spend a lot of time and effort supporting those most in need around the world. The Community Partnership Window of the Global Poverty Action Fund allows them to put forward their ideas to help people the poorest parts of the globe with successful projects receiving funding to turn their vision into reality.


Justine Greening, Secretary of State for International Development, added: 

This fund is aimed at giving smaller charities and groups the opportunity to support the UK’s development efforts around the world. I encourage any organisation that has an idea for delivering real, positive change to those most in need to submit a bid.


  • The Global Poverty Action Fund is managed by the Department for International Development (DFID), the Community Partnership Window is a £4 million fund.
  • On 28 May 2013 the Community Partnership Window of the Global Poverty Action Fund (GPAF) opens, closing on 9 July 2013.
  • Small UK-based not for profit organisations may apply – they must have an average income of less than £1 million per annum for the past 3 years. Applicants do not have to be registered charities.
  • Grants can be used to fund new, time limited projects of up to 36 months (three years) duration.
  • Proposals will be considered up to a total value of £250,000. No match-funding is required for the Community Partnership window
  • The GPAF Community Partnership window is designed to encourage Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to submit applications for projects focused on poverty reduction linked to MDGs. Projects focused on MDGs demonstrated to be off-track in the project context will be prioritised. This window supports initiatives focused on delivering results at community level which will achieve real benefits for men, women, boys and girls
  • Applicants must submit a concept form available at the GPAF page on the website before midnight on 9 July 2013




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