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.
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.
Response to small to medium scale emergencies that often receive little funding;
Early response to slow-onset crises to protect at-risk communities;
Fast response to both rapid-onset crises and spikes in chronic humanitarian crises.
About the Start Fund
Alerts to the Fund
The Start Fund niche
Figures about the Start Fund since its inception in April 2014 to February 2017.
Read more in the Start Fund annual report.
Crises responded to
Average hours between alert and response (excluding anticipatory responses)
Responses in # countries