The overall objective of the DERF is to provide flexible and rapid humanitarian funding enabling Danish CSOs within three months of the onset of an acute humanitarian crisis to initiate provision of emergency relief to affected populations to meet urgent needs and prevent further loss of life or escalation of suffering.
All Danish CSOs, who do not have a strategic partnership agreement with the DMFA, are in principle eligible for DERF funding. The Danish CSOs must demonstrate that they have relevant access, capacity and expertise to assist people affected by crisis, preferably through partnership with local or national CSOs or in certain instances through their own organisation.
Minimum requirements for the Danish CSO's are as following:
The organisation needs to be private, and it must
have legal and organisational domicile as well as
some activities in Denmark.
The chairperson or most members of its governing body must be Danish citizens or foreigners
with permanent residence permit and home
address in Denmark.
The organisation must have existed for at least
The organisation must have a minimum of 50
paying members or contributors in Denmark.
The organisation must have a set of statutes and
accounts subjected to an audit.
The applicant organisation’s governing body must
be able to take on full responsibility for the application and for any subsequent grant.
The organisation is able to seek DERF funding for
humanitarian interventions in any country which is
eligible for DERF funding and where the applicant
has localised presence, capacity and expertise.
The DERF Funding Modality Anticipatory Action aims to reduce the consequences of an expected climate change related disaster or crisis, and/or contribute to prevent that a natural hazard develops into a humanitarian crisis. It is a 0-6 months intervention, and the organisation can apply for up to 300,000 DKK.
The DERF Funding Modality Rapid Response responds to the impact of natural disasters or man-made crisis situations with the aim to save lives and support particularly vulnerable groups affected by crises. It is a 0-6 months intervention, and the organisation can apply for up to 2 million DKK, though this amount might differ from crisis to crisis.
The CHS (Core Humanitarian Standards) provides the strategic foundation for funding of humanitarian intervention by DERF. The assessment criteria are all derived from the four humanitarian principles of; humanity, impartiality, independence and neutrality, and the nine commitments set out in the CHS.
There exists two main sets of assessment criteria, one for assessing applicants' organisational capacity and one for assessing the proposed humanitarian intervention.
The capacity of Danish CSOs will be assessed based
on the following criteria:
DERF processing time for applications covers all elements of the process from submission of a complete application by the Danish CSO until notification of the applicant of the outcome of the assessment.
Anticipatory Action applications can be submitted on an ongoing basis. DERF processing time is 12 work days.
Rapid Response applications can be submitted within 3 weeks after the DERF has issued a Call for applications. DERF processing time is 12 work days.