Apply for CERF Funds

CERF provides seed funds to jump-start critical relief operations and fund life-saving programmes not covered by other donors. Based on priorities established under the leadership of the Humanitarian/Resident Coordinator (RC/HC) in the field, UN funds, programmes and specialized agencies as well as the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are eligible to apply for grants and loans. The process is meant to be inclusive and transparent and efforts should be made to engage NGO and government partners. Requests are submitted to the Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC).

Applying for Rapid Response grants

CERF rapid response funds can help reduce the inconsistency and delays humanitarian organizations may experience when receiving voluntary contributions. Rapid response funds help support life-saving activities at the onset of a crisis. More>>

Applying for Underfunded grants

One-third of CERF grants are given to support humanitarian response activities within an underfunded emergency. Twice a year, the ERC invites selected countries to apply for grants from the underfunded emergencies category. The ERC selects countries based on a number of criteria, including funding statistics, UN agencies’ recommendations, inter-agency consultations and discussions with the RC/HC.  More>>

Applying for Loans

CERF’s loan element provides money to eligible humanitarian organizations to begin implementing their emergency response activities. These funds are crucial, as organizations may experience delays when receiving donors’ contributions. More>>

The interactive graphic below explains the process step-by-step. NOTE: The links embedded in the graph will open PDF files.

Application Process

  • Apply using the CERF Application Template (English Word - January 2015) unless the ERC agrees to fund against a Flash Appeal or similar document.
  • If funding against an appeal, the RC/HC submits a summary table with a list of projects and requested funding amounts for each.
  • NOTE: Simultaneously prepare Flash Appeal and prioritize projects for CERF funding; provide CERF allocations in summary tables within Flash Appeal document if the ERC has already approved funding.
  • CERF grant-proposal packages should not substitute the development of a Flash Appeal.
  • In all cases, agencies must submit a CERF Budget Tool 2013 (Excel - January 2013).
  • In all cases, proposals should be sent as a package with a cover letter/e-mail from the RC/HC to the ERC and the CERF secretariat.
  • Cheat Sheet on CERF, CAP and Flash Appeals (PDF - November 2008)

No Cost Extensions, Reprogramming and Redeployment of Funds

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