Humanitarian Innovation Fund: Grants for Disasters

OVERVIEW:  Launched in 2010 by Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance, the Humanitarian Innovation Fund focuses on material relief and services, emergency food assistance, relief coordination, reconstruction relief, and disaster prevention and preparedness.

IP TAKE: HIF seeks innovative and novel ideas, but grantseekers must clearly demonstrate how their projects will make a positive impact on humanitarian outreach. HIF also seeks projects that demonstrate a strong potential to scale in the future.

PROFILE: The Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) is an initiative of Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance (ELRHA). Based in the U.K., HIF takes a broad-based approach to its humanitarian funding. The HIF supports "organizations and individuals to identify, nurture and share innovative and scalable solutions to the challenges facing effective humanitarian assistance.” Areas of grantmaking interest include material relief and services, emergency food assistance, relief coordination, reconstruction relief, and disaster prevention and preparedness.

HIF offers five types of grants:

Recognition. Grants of up to £50,000 are available to humanitarian groups that are in the process of identifying specific challenges and opportunities as they relate to humanitarian aid.

Invention. Grants of up to £50,000 are available to groups that support the process of identifying solutions to humanitarian problems.

Development. These grants range from £75,000 to £150,000, and go toward supporting the development of practical and actionable plans.

Implementation. Ranging from £75,000 to £150,000, these grants are reserved for organizations that are ready to implement their programs and those that are prepared to move beyond the proof of concept phase.

Diffusion. Grants of up to £50,000 that are available for humanitarian groups which prepare outreach and scaling activities.

HIF announces open calls for proposals throughout the year. Projects can take place anywhere in the world. Humanitarian work that relates both man-made disasters and crises, as well as natural disasters, is eligible for funding. While HIF is U.K.-based, it does not require its applicants to be registered with the U.K. Charity Commission. 

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