Start Fund COVID-19


Start Fund COVID-19 enables Start Network members to anticipate and respond to critical virus-related humanitarian needs in low-income countries.

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About Start Fund COVID-19


The Start Fund COVID-19 was launched in April 2020, when the need for humanitarian support beyond the Start Fund’s remit was communicated by our members. This mechanism sits within the Start Fund and provides rapid funding to address neglected or underfunded aspects of the broader COVID-19 crisis at a local level. This funding is not accessible on an ad hoc basis, but in response to a Call for Alerts being opened by the Start Fund team. The frequency of Calls for Alerts being opened, as well as the number of projects that can be funded through them, depends on levels of funding being made available.

Following an initial call for alerts at the start of April, in response to which 85 alerts from 69 countries were submitted, a prioritisation exercise has delimited the number of countries eligible to access funding in subsequent calls. One of the sources which helped to prioritise these countries (among other criteria) is the INFORM index, and can be accessed here.

 

Support the Start Fund COVID-19

The fund has received support from the IKEA Foundation, UK Aid, Jersey Overseas Aid, the German Federal Foreign Office and private donors. However, as the types of crises produced through primary and secondary impacts of COVID-19 continue to diversify, the Start Fund is urgently seeking more donors. To reach affected communities as effectively as possible, it’s vital that NGOs are funded directly, and that donors do not react to funding concerns by reverting to former practice and channelling funds through multilateral mechanisms. The first Call for Alerts generated evidence of a funding gap of over £20M, which is a figure that is likely to have increased. If you are able to support us in any way at this critical time of global need, please get in touch with us at fundraising@startnetwork.org

 

 

 

 

Guidance for members on accessing the Start Fund COVID-19

A new call for Start Fund COVID-19 alerts was launched in November 2020. Each time funding is available, Start Network members are notified by email and on Skype – the countries eligible for submitting an alert are also communicated at that time.

The Start Fund COVID-19 has already funded 35 projects in 22 countries, with mid- and end-term projects providing learning and feedback for future rounds of funding. We appreciate that needs generated from COVID-19 are well beyond those of the funding capacity available. If members have questions about the first or second call for alerts, please contact startfund@startprogrammes.org

The Start Fund COVID-19 is still seeking further funding. If new funds become available, we will communicate the process to access this funding again. This might differ slightly from the usual Start Fund process in order to adapt to the specific needs of this global pandemic and considering the operational capacity of both the membership and the Start Funds team.

 


 

Resources and analysis by Start Network's members and partners

 

Guidance document

Alert template

Q&A presentation

List of question and answers

 

NB: For Start Fund COVID-19, anticipation and response have been combined so that there is only one alert template.

 

Please refer to the above documents for more information. If you cannot find the answer to your question in those, please get in touch with the team via startfund@startprogrammes.org


Latest alerts

The lastest alerts and awarded agencies are:

CV19 096 Uganda

Age International

Catholic Relief Services

CV19 097 Ethiopia

Dorcas Aid

Tearfund

CV19 098 Congo (Republic)

ACTED

Age International

Catholic Relief Services

CV19 099 Togo Care

Humanity & Inclusion

Plan

Catholic Relief Services

CV19 102 Nigeria

Christian Aid

Tearfund 

CV19 103 Mozambique

Age International

Plan International

World Jewish Relief

 

The table below will be updated with further information on the alerts above shortly.

E.g., 01/18/2021
E.g., 01/18/2021
Alert Alert date Country Crisis type Alert type Status of alert Amount awarded Agencies Funded
CV19 097 Ethiopia 1 24 Nov 2020 - 12:00 Ethiopia Disease Outbreak Implementation £390,593 Dorcas Aid, Tearfund Read more
CV19 098 Congo (Republic) 24 Nov 2020 - 12:00 Congo [Republic] Disease Outbreak Implementation £339,696 ACTED, Catholic Relief Services Read more
CV19 102 Nigeria 24 Nov 2020 - 12:00 Nigeria Disease Outbreak Implementation £350,000 Christian Aid, Tearfund Read more
CV19 099 Togo 24 Nov 2020 - 12:00 Togo Disease Outbreak Implementation £400,000 Care International, Catholic Relief Services, Plan International Read more
CV19 100 Tanzania 24 Nov 2020 - 12:00 Tanzania Disease Outbreak Not allocated Read more
CV19 096 Uganda 24 Nov 2020 - 12:00 Uganda Disease Outbreak Implementation £400,000 Catholic Relief Services Read more
CV19 101 Ethiopia 2 24 Nov 2020 - 12:00 Ethiopia Disease Outbreak Not allocated Read more
CV19 103 Mozambique 24 Nov 2020 - 12:00 Mozambique Disease Outbreak Implementation £350,000 Plan International, World Jewish Relief Read more
CV19 069 Honduras 6 Apr 2020 - 09:00 Honduras Disease Outbreak Not allocated Read more
CV19 071 Guatemala 6 Apr 2020 - 09:00 Guatemala Disease Outbreak Not allocated Read more
CV19 073 Brazil 6 Apr 2020 - 09:00 Brazil Disease Outbreak Not allocated Read more
CV19 074 Ecuador 6 Apr 2020 - 09:00 Ecuador Disease Outbreak Not allocated Read more
CV19 075 Jordan 1 6 Apr 2020 - 09:00 Jordan Disease Outbreak Not allocated Read more
CV19 076 Nepal 6 Apr 2020 - 09:00 Nepal Disease Outbreak Not allocated Read more
CV19 077 China 6 Apr 2020 - 09:00 China Disease Outbreak Not allocated Read more
CV19 029 Sudan 6 Apr 2020 - 09:00 Sudan Disease Outbreak Implementation £248,131 Save the Children Read more
CV19 002 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 6 Apr 2020 - 09:00 Bosnia and Herzegovina Disease Outbreak Not allocated Read more
CV19 085 Tanzania 2 6 Apr 2020 - 09:00 Tanzania Disease Outbreak Not allocated Read more
CV19 086 Jordan 2 6 Apr 2020 - 09:00 Jordan Disease Outbreak Not allocated Read more
CV19 087 Pakistan 6 Apr 2020 - 09:00 Pakistan Disease Outbreak Not allocated Read more
CV19 088 DRC 6 Apr 2020 - 09:00 Dominican Republic Disease Outbreak Not allocated Read more
CV19 094 Yemen 2 6 Apr 2020 - 09:00 Yemen Disease Outbreak Not allocated Read more
CV19 005 Colombia 1 6 Apr 2020 - 09:00 Colombia Disease Outbreak Not allocated Read more
CV19 008 Paraguay 6 Apr 2020 - 09:00 Ethiopia Disease Outbreak Not allocated Read more
CV19 037 Armenia 6 Apr 2020 - 09:00 Armenia Disease Outbreak Not allocated Read more
CV19 029 Sudan 6 Apr 2020 - 09:00 Sudan Disease Outbreak Reporting Save the Children Read more
CV19 066 Colombia 2 6 Apr 2020 - 08:00 Colombia Disease Outbreak Not allocated Read more
CV19 072 Colombia 4 6 Apr 2020 - 06:00 Colombia Disease Outbreak Not allocated Read more
CV19 001 Malawi 2 Apr 2020 - 09:00 Malawi Disease Outbreak Not allocated Read more

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