Frequently Asked Questions

UK Aid Match

Sorry! Our Matched Giving Appeal is now closed.

Thank you so much if you donated to the appeal. Your kind gift will help Tearfund bring transformation in countries where the need is greatest. Match funding will be used to tackle plastic pollution around the world.

If you haven’t donated yet, it’s not too late. Your gift won’t be matched, but it will still make a huge difference!

Thank you.

What is UK Aid Match and how does it work?

UK Aid Match is a scheme that allows the UK public to have a say in how some of the government’s international aid budget is spent. The UK government will match public donations (within set dates and up to an agreed amount), to selected charities which tackle poverty in developing countries. So this will increase the impact of your donations.

I read that the match funding limit was £2 million rather than £3 million, what changed?

Originally, the limit was £2 million. On 11 March, the UK government increased the match funding limit to £3 million, meaning even more impact among communities in Pakistan and around the world suffering due to plastic pollution!

The reason the match funding limit was increased is due to the generous response of people like you, reflecting the growing recognition in the UK and internationally that plastic pollution is a crisis that must be addressed urgently.

How will the money be spent?

Donations to this appeal will help Tearfund transform lives in countries where the need is greatest.

Match funding from the UK government will be used to tackle waste around the world. In Pakistan, for example, this funding will support our partners to set up innovative recycling hubs in some of the poorest slum communities. These hubs will help tackle plastic pollution, provide sustainable livelihoods and improve people’s health and living conditions.

Read more about the project benefiting from the Tearfund Matched Giving Appeal.

Will all donations to Tearfund qualify?

Money raised in response to our Matched Giving Appeal from 18 February to 17 May, will be doubled by the UK government, up to £3 million.

Will the UK government match the Gift Aid on donations?

No, only donations to the appeal will be matched, up to £3 million.

Will Direct Debits be matched?

The UK government will match the first three monthly payments of all Direct Debits set up between 18 February and 17 May only. All three payments must be made by 17 July 2019 in order to be eligible for match funding.

Will donations from private companies be matched?

No. However, an individual from the company can, of course, donate and their gift will be matched.