Start Fund

Filling a gap in the humanitarian sector

The Start Fund was created to fill a gap in humanitarian funding. It enables NGOs to make collective decisions on the basis of need alone and to respond early and fast to ‘under the radar’ emergencies.


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About the Fund

The first multi-donor pooled fund managed exclusively by NGOs

The Start Fund provides small-scale grants for small to medium scale emergencies that often receive little funding. Projects are chosen by local committees, made up of staff from Start members and their NGO partners, within 72 hours of an alert. This makes the Start Fund the fastest, collectively-owned, early response mechanism in the world.

New: Crisis Anticipation Window

The Start Fund Crisis Anticipation Window is designed to facilitate anticipatory interventions. It enables our member agencies to analyse forecasting information, collectively assess risks, and access flexible funding to respond early and reduce suffering.

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Underfunded emergencies

Response to small to medium scale emergencies that often receive little funding;

Early response

Early response to slow-onset crises to protect at-risk communities;

Fast response

Fast response to both rapid-onset crises and spikes in chronic humanitarian crises.

The Start Fund niche

Filling the Gap


Figures about the Start Fund since its inception in April 2014 to 31 March 2017.
Read more in the Start Fund annual report.

People reached


People reached

Crises responded to


Crises responded to

Alerts raised


Alerts raised

Average hours between alert and response (excluding anticipatory responses)


Average hours between alert and response (excluding anticipatory responses)

Responses in # countries


Responses in # countries

Pounds disbursed


Pounds disbursed

Latest news


Start Evolves Video: Emily Montier on the Family of Financing Facilities

The Start Network’s vision is a humanitarian system in which funding will be dependable and predictable, responses are based on humanitarian need and context-appropriate. For this to become reality, the Start Network needs to evolve into a global, decentralised 'network of networks'.


Blog Post

Start Fund: rapid response to Marawi crisis

Within a few days of violence erupting in Marawi, Philippines, the Start Fund had been activated, and a consortium of Start members including ACTED, ACF, Oxfam and CRS responded to address the increasing needs of local families. 


News Article

ALIMA treats last cases of Ebola in DRC with support from the Start Fund

In May this year, Start Network member ALIMA contained an Ebola outbreak in the DRC, with support from the Start Fund. Read ALIMA's account of the response here.


News Article

Emergency treatment and prevention of cholera in Yemen

International Medical Corps, with funding from the Start Fund, has been working in Yemen to provide an emergency response to the cholera crisis, providing life-saving support with the goal of averting this entirely preventable outbreak.


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