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Continue to deliver European Union (EU) development, humanitarian and external action programmes in a no deal scenario
This notice sets out the government’s offer to UK organisations, which will allow them to continue bidding for EU development, humanitarian, and external action official development assistance (ODA) funding without undertaking unmanageable financial and programmatic risk, and to implement those programmes as planned. It ensures that vulnerable populations are not penalised if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
Organisations affected by this notice
The EU has stated that it intends to terminate funding to some on-going programmes delivered by UK NGOs in the event of a no deal Exit. Private contractors will remain unaffected. The termination affects all development and humanitarian programming, other than European Development Fund and Development Cooperation Instrument funding that is delivered in Least Developed Countries and Highly Indebted Poor Countries, for which UK organisations will remain eligible due to the UK’s OECD status, as well as the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) and the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP), since participation in these instruments is open without restrictions.
To facilitate continued applications by UK organisations to EU development and humanitarian programmes, and to avoid early termination of programmes, the government commits to funding the post-Exit outputs of any such programme whose funding is cut where funding is ODA eligible. This commitment applies only to applications made up until the last day of the UK’s membership of the EU. The UK government will not reimburse any programme activity that was undertaken prior to this date. This commitment is subject to the below principles and will apply only in a no deal scenario when the EU terminates funding based on their assessment that the UK organisation is no longer eligible to receive funding. Please note that this commitment does not apply to the Partnership Instrument.
If the UK leaves the EU with a deal, the EU will continue funding UK organisations for all programmes bid during the implementation period, per the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement.
What you need to do to receive financial assurance
For ECHO programmes, this assurance applies only to UK organisations who are lead or sole implementer for the programme. For DEVCO and NEAR programmes, this assurance can apply to UK organisations who are either lead or sub-contractors.
What you need to provide DFID when applying for assurance
Please follow the steps below to receive assurance
- please fill in this spreadsheet and send to DFIDContingencyPlanning@dfid.gov.uk
- if applying for a new grant, applicants must notify DFID of the date on which they applied for funding and on the date on which the EU awards the grant
- await confirmation from DFID that your application for assurance has been successful
- if you have applied for financial assurance prior to this Technical Notice being updated on 29 March 2019, there is no need to re-apply
What you need to do to receive funding
Please follow the steps below to receive funding
- organisations must give DFID sight of draft grant agreements prior to signing
- organisations must have successfully undergone due diligence acceptable to DFID and must comply with all standard DFID Accountable Grant clauses
- organisations must provide evidence for the funding disbursements already received from the EU prior to UK Exit and confirmation that all chargeable work under the grant to this date has been paid for by the EU
- the government reserves the right to apply the same delivery, safeguarding and fiduciary requirements and expectations as set out by ECHO, NEAR, or DEVCO, or the government’s own where higher, and to terminate or withhold funding if these are not met
Help and support
Applicants should direct all queries to DFIDContingencyPlanning@Dfid.gov.uk. Whilst DFID endeavours to respond to all queries within 72 hours, please note that due to a high volume of emails this is not always possible. Applicants should mark emails as urgent if a response is required within a shorter timeframe.