UK Invites Aid Groups to Register for New Rapid Response Funding Facility

Members of the U.K. International Search and Rescue team work in heavy snow in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Photo by: Ed Hawkesworth / DfID / CC BY

The United Kingdom has launched a new funding facility that is expected to rapidly mobilize funding for prequalified U.K. aid organizations responding to man-made and natural disasters in the developing world.

The Rapid Response Facility is designed to disburse funds to support relief and humanitarian work in the first six weeks of response to large-scale and complex emergencies. It was established to fulfill part of the commitments made by the United Kingdom in its response to a recent independent review of the country’s international humanitarian response policies and system.


U.K.-based aid groups need to prequalify for the RRF before they can request for funding through it. The Department for International Development said this prequalification process is necessary to ensure a strong focus on delivery and value for money.

Prequalified organizations are “pre-approved for our funds — ready to be invited to make proposals to meet humanitarian needs in the event of a humanitarian emergency,” DfID said.

DfID is now accepting applications to prequalify for RRF funding. Application forms and terms of reference are available on the department’s website. DfID said it would accept applications until Nov. 8.

RRF operational plan

Whenever DfID identifies the need for a humanitarian response, the U.K. secretary of state for international development has the option to activate the RRF — an option that is generally expected for larger-scale and more complex emergencies.

If the RRF is activated, DfID will immediately invite “light-touch funding proposals” from prequalified organizations within its pool, depending on the required expertise and location of the response.

“Organizations invited to submit proposals will need to respond within 12 hours of being notified, outlining their willingness and capability to respond, what they can deliver, by when and the total funding required,” DfID said, adding that RRF funding is limited to the first six weeks of the response.

Any funding proposal for beyond these six weeks will be considered under separate arrangements, the department noted.

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