About the CAF Advocacy for Development (A4D) Fund

The CAF Advocacy for Development (A4D) Rapid Response Fund is currently closed to new applications. Similar funds may open in the future. Please check our open programmes.

Our aim is to mobilise targeted financial support for opportunistic global advocacy initiatives - in the UK and Europe - through small scale, one-off strategic grants.

What will the Advocacy for Development (A4D) Fund support?

The goals, objectives and criteria set out below explain key areas of interest, in terms of the projects that this fund will consider funding:


CAF A4D will support advocacy efforts in Europe across a broad range of global development issues (with a primary focus on health and agriculture) that aim to:

  • Secure more and better resources for global development issues
  • Raise public awareness about global development issues and efforts
  • Improve communications across the global development community
  • Create an enabling policy environment for development in donor countries and global forums


  • Timely and responsive support, sensitive to funding opportunities as they arise, so that projects achieve their potential for social impact (including increased awareness, funding, engagement and/or understanding).
  • Generate additional and necessary financial assistance to support some of the most pressing global opportunities around the priority area.
  • Increase action and the sense of urgency at grassroot and institutional levels, from awareness raising to high level policy changes.
  • Demonstrable impact against the overarching CAF Advocacy for Development (A4D) Fund aims and objectives shall take priority - most notably in relation to global health and agriculture.

Eligibility criteria

  • The Advocacy for Development (A4D) Fund will make grants to projects that aim to make a demonstrable difference to development issues globally in line with the objectives and goals above.
  • Most projects will require a start date within the next three months.
  • Projects will not normally last for more than one year.
  • Grants will range in size from £20,000 and £50,000 sterling, with an average grant size of £35,000.
  • In exceptional circumstances grants of up to £100,000 may be awarded to projects lasting up to two years. These applications will be considerably more competitive.
  • All organisations/projects must be charitable under UK law as determined by CAF’s validation processes. All non UK registered charities must successfully complete this process to receive a grant.

What will CAF Global Development Advocacy not support?

This fund will not support projects that:

  • Are likely to influence the outcome of any election for public office or to carry on any voter registration drive
  • Lobby activity or otherwise support attempts to influence local, state, federal, or foreign legislation
  • Organisations/ projects that are not considered to be charitable under UK law

Application process

  • The Advocacy for Development (A4D) Fund is a rapid response fund and as such aims to take applications from expression of interest stage to a decision within 4-8 weeks, depending on circumstances.
  • CAF will work with eligible applicants to develop a strong application with a clearly articulated theory of change before finalising the application.
  • All grant decisions are made by CAF with non-binding inputs and recommendations provided by an independent panel of development experts.
  • The Advocacy for Development (A4D) Fund does not accept unsolicited applications.


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