Humanitarian Response Funding Guidelines for NGOs
These guidelines apply to bilateral funding to NGOs for humanitarian emergency responses and to new grants and modifications of existing grants.
A new application window for the RRF is open until midday on Monday 20 February 2017. Please see Current Applications below.
DFID has revised its ‘Humanitarian Response Funding Guidelines for NGOs’ with updated requirements and amended procedures to match best practice. These guidelines replace:
- any previous editions of DFID’s Humanitarian Response Funding Guidelines for NGOs, including their templates and annexes
- the ‘Rapid Response Facility (RRF) pre-qualified accountability guidance’
- any previous Rapid Response Facility (RRF) guidance
These guidelines apply to bilateral funding to NGOs for humanitarian emergency responses and apply to new grants as well as modifications of existing grants. NGOs applying for humanitarian response funding should comply with this guidance and meet internationally accepted standards and good practice.
Applying for funding
Following a rapid onset, conflict or sudden spike in a chronic emergency the UK can provide funding to partners to respond. In rapid onset humanitarian emergencies or conflicts, DFID’s immediate funding is likely to be through the multilateral system or to RRF partners. This guidance applies to all methods of bilateral funding for NGOs.
Our decision-making process
A range of factors are considered to inform decisions on humanitarian engagement, including the:
- estimated humanitarian impact of the events
- capacity of the affected country
- reaction of other donors
- UK perspectives and considerations
- assessment of a non-prescriptive framework with a clear set of criteria
Funding decisions are informed by our response strategy for the specific humanitarian emergency, which outlines our focus areas and sectors. All partners are strongly advised to ensure any proposal fits into this strategy. We will continue to assess and analyse humanitarian need throughout a response and the strategy may be updated.
Current RRF partners
RRF partners are: Action Against Hunger, ActionAid, British Red Cross, CAFOD, Care International, Christian Aid, Concern, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, Deutsche Welthungerhilfe, GOAL, Habitat for Humanity, HALO, Handicap International, HelpAge International, International Health Partners, International Medical Corps, International Rescue Committee, Islamic Relief Worldwide, MapAction, Mercy Corps Scotland, Mine Advisory Group, Mission Aviation Fellowship International, Norwegian Refugee Council, Oxfam GB, Plan UK, Relief International, Save the Children UK, Solidarites, Tearfund, World Vision, BBC Media Action, Internews Europe.
Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) are invited to submit applications to pre-qualify as an implementing partner for the RRF. DFID aims to ensure that we work with partners in a humanitarian emergency response who are able to deliver high quality results and provide value for money. We are seeking partners with at least five years’ experience working in the health sector.
Applications will be reviewed to determine the eligibility and suitability of organisations to receive funding for a humanitarian emergency response. Pre-qualification is no guarantee of DFID funding or that organisations will be able to submit proposals under the RRF.
Applicants should complete this form - Rapid Response Facility pre-qualification application form 2016 (MS Word Document, 71.8KB) - and provide relevant answers in a suitable separate document.
All applications must be submitted to Karen Lewin (email@example.com) by midday on Monday 20 February 2017. We will aim to provide feedback within four weeks.
If there are any questions about this application process, please contact Karen Lewin: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rapid Response Facility pre-qualification application form 2016 (MS Word Document, 71.8KB)
Humanitarian response funding guidelines for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) (PDF, 512KB, 33 pages)
Proposal template (MS Word Document, 29.5KB)
Budget template (XLSM, 115KB)
Interim report template (MS Word Document, 27.1KB)
Final report template (MS Word Document, 27KB)
DFID value for money in humanitarian programming (PDF, 341KB, 5 pages)
Published: 25 March 2013
Updated: 7 December 2016
- Updated as a call for applications for NGOs to pre-qualify for the RRF is now open until midday on Monday 20 February 2017.
- Updated intervention criteria guidance document
- Intervention criteria for humanitarian response in sudden onset contexts: Guidance framework added
- First published.