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The UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) funds 90% of the ICS programme. The remaining 10% comes from volunteer fundraising.

If accepted onto the programme you must fundraise at least £800. We see this as a part of the programme, it demonstrates commitment and helps you develop vital skills. 

Below is some information and resources to support your fundraising. You will also have a dedicated Fundraising Support Officer to help you. As well as this ongoing support from ICS staff you will also have access to weekly tips and online networks. You’ll also have fundraising sessions at your assessment day and at pre-placement training.

Please do not let fundraising put you off applying. If you are concerned about cost, contact us at

Fundraising guide

You can find loads of help and inspiration for your fundraising here.

Fundraising blog

See how other volunteers have been raising money.

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Funded by the UK Government.

ICS is funded by the UK's Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), which projects the UK as a force for good in the world, including reducing poverty and tackling global challenges.

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