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Outlining Available Emergency Funding for the International Aid Sector

More than a year since Covid-19 swept the world, the effects can be felt across every sector. The international development sector in particular faces it’s biggest funding crisis yet, with 40% of NGOs facing closure in the next six months, alongside an increased demand on services.

To support the sector during this pandemic, the team here at IG Voluntary have identified some key sources of funding that international aid charities and NGOs can access to help to ensure that they are able to support their local communities through this ongoing crisis. Please just click on the hyperlinked titles to be taken through to the relevant funding page. 

UK Aid Direct Small Charities Challenge Fund

Project Grants up to £50,000 are available for small UK registered voluntary organisations for projects focused on addressing the Global Goals. The deadline for application is 25th February 2021.

The Tech Coalition Safe Online Research Fund

End Violence Against Children recently launched this fund for proposals for research that will explore methods for preventing online CSEA.

JTI Foundation

Ongoing funding support is available for projects that align with JTI’s Foundation’s mission of transforming lives affected by disaster.

John Ellerman Foundation

If your project can deliver long-lasting impact in arts, environment or social action then the John Ellerman Foundation might be able to support you through their ongoing funding scheme.

Outright International LGBTIQ Emergency Fund

Grants of between $2500 and $10,000 are available to grassroots LGBTIQ organisations on the frontlines where an emergency has occurred as a result of Covid-19.

Volant Trust

The trust’s Covid-19 Response Fund is accepting applications for funding from voluntary organisations in the UK and internationally with projects focused on supporting vulnerable groups throughout the pandemic.

The Freedom Fund

Their Covid-19 Emergency Fund is offering immediate small-scale funding to NGOs working at the frontline with vulnerable communities in India, Nepal, Myanmar, Ethiopia, Thailand and Brazil.


We hope you find the above list of resources helpful and we will be looking to keep this list updated as new funding sources become available. If you come across any sources yourselves that you think should be on this list then please reach out to us through our social accounts below.

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You can access further articles and resources that we've developed to support the international development sector here.