The overall objective of the DERF is to provide flexible and rapid humanitarian funding enabling Danish non-HPA NGOs and 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 humanitarian partnership agreement with the DMFA (non-HPA CSOs), are in principle eligible for DERF funding. Non-HPA 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
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 Early Action aims to mitigate the impact of an anticipated food crisis. It is a 0-6 months intervention, and the organisation can apply for up to 0,5 million DKK.
The DERF Funding Modality Rapid Response adresses acute humanitarian needs during a crisis. It is a 0-6 months intervention, and the organisation can apply for 2 million DKK.
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 in the case of OCA applications, or until the disbursement of funds from DERF to a successfull applicant in case of humanitarian intervention application.
Prequalification (Organisation Capacity Assessment / OCA) applications can be submitted at any
point of time, either separately or together with
an intervention application, when DERF funding is
available. When an OCA application is submitted
separately the processing time is 21 work days.
When an OCA is submitted as an application to
update an existing approved prequalification
processing time is 14 work days. When an OCA
is submitted together with an intervention application when DERF funding is available processing
time is 14 work days.
Early Action applications can be submitted within
3 weeks after the DERF has issued a call for applications. For non-prequalified applicants, DERF processing time is 14 work days and for prequalified
applicants it is 7 work days.
Rapid Response applications can be submitted
within 3 weeks after the DERF has issued a Call
for applications. For non-prequalified applicants,
DERF processing time is 14 work days and for prequalified applicants it is 7 work days.