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

Performance


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

6,148,338

People reached

Crises responded to

99

Crises responded to

Alerts raised

150

Alerts raised

Average hours between alert and response (excluding anticipatory responses)

65

Average hours between alert and response (excluding anticipatory responses)

Responses in # countries

50

Responses in # countries

Pounds disbursed

22,828,719

Pounds disbursed

Latest news


Blog Post

Catholic Relief Services: Reaching out to displaced families from Marawi

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) was awarded Start Funds to respond to the crisis in Marawi, Philippines, where fighting broke out in May. Here Aiko Jane Osa tells us about CRS's response.

30Aug17

Blog Post

How preparedness and collaboration enabled a rapid response to the Marawi crisis

Violence is still raging in Marawi 100 days after fighting began in May and tens of thousands of people who had to flee their homes remain displaced. The Start Network is providing help to people affected by the conflict through two programmes, the Start Fund and the Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP).

30Aug17

Blog Post

How the Start Fund is responding to deadly flooding across South Asia

Last week, while many were focused on the devastating landslides in Sierra Leone, elsewhere more than 16 million people were affected by deadly flooding in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal. Start Network’s Melina Koutsis discusses.

24Aug17

Blog Post

The Start Fund rapidly bridges gap in the fight against cholera in Yemen

Start Network’s Laura-Louise Fairley reports on the Start Fund response to cholera in Yemen, when the rapid release of funds allowed those suffering to receive help in just two days while major humanitarian donors were only just waking up to the emerging crisis.

14Aug17

Further Information

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