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What can National Societies apply for?

The Investment Alliance aims to strengthen National Society capacity to deliver relevant and effective humanitarian services in their countries. Investments are demand-driven which means National Societies determine the investment objectives and their support needs.

Financing focuses on organizational development, technical and functional capacity development, and increasing resource mobilization. Emphasis is placed on three areas:

  • enhancing the relevance, safe access, quality and sustainability of National Society services
  • strengthening leadership, governance and systems at all organizational levels to improve National Society accountability and transparency
  • increasing National Societies’ capacity to create adaptive financial and business development strategies and to generate diversified resources to enhanced organizational sustainability.

What funding is available?

The size of investment grants will vary, from the Bridge grants of up to 50,000 Swiss francs for up to 12 months, to a maximum of 1 million Swiss francs of Accelerator funding to any one National Society given on an annual basis for up to five years.

The two main funding streams are:

  1. the main multi-year Accelerator funding for long-term development
    • 3-5 year investment plans developed by National Societies
    • for organizational development and improving sustainability
    • funding for up to five years (reviewed annually)
    • maximum funding of 1 million Swiss francs over five years.
  2. the smaller Bridge grants to support National Societies in preparing for future investment
    • support to develop a credible evidence-based investment plan
    • increase readiness to apply for NSIA Accelerator or other sources of funding
    • maximum 50,000 Swiss francs for up to 12 months

The Guidelines for Applicants provide further information on the types of activities that can be funded by Accelerator or Bridge funding.

The investment plan can provide a frame for the National Society to coordinate and align development support from partners inside and outside the Movement.

This first funding round is a pilot for the Investment Alliance, with testing and learning in order to adapt and improve future rounds. The Alliance aspires to grow the Fund significantly over the next years to meet the demands for funding.

Can my National Society apply?

All National Societies are invited to apply. However, National Societies operating in medium, high and very high-risk contexts will have a greater likelihood of being supported by the Investment Alliance. Check the Country Risk Environment list in the Guidelines for Applicants to determine the risk rating for your country.

The Investment Alliance is aimed at National Societies where leadership has the ambition to undertake change to take their organizations to new levels of performance and humanitarian impact. Support will only be available to National Societies demonstrating strong commitment to the Fundamental Principles and operating with a high level of integrity, as explained below.

The Investment Alliance has specific eligibility and selection criteria for its support.

If your National Society aims to apply for Accelerator funding:

  1. Can you demonstrate a proven humanitarian or development need where investment can add value?
  2. Is your National Society’s leadership clear about the change it seeks? Is it strongly committed to reform?
  3. Can you provide:
    • a sound evidence-based analysis of the organization and its context
    • relevant financial information and financial management capacity
    • a viable and realistic development and investment plan with a clear link to humanitarian impact
  4. Does it have the capacity to implement the changes proposed, or plans to develop such capacity?
  5. Can you show how the impact of any investments will be sustained? Do you have clear measures of success?

If your National Society needs to do some internal work before it is ready to answer positively to the above questions it may be able to apply for a Bridge grant with the objective to develop a plan and prepare the organization for future investment. To discuss an idea prior to application, please contact the NSIA Office.

National Society Integrity

A National Society will not qualify for funding if it is an ‘integrity case’ being addressed by the IFRC’s Compliance and Mediation Commission. If integrity issues are identified at the time of the application, the Steering Committee will assess their relevance to the application, as well as the National Society’s leadership and management response. The Investment Alliance will consider funding if the issues have been or are being managed proactively, transparently and effectively, and if safeguards are in place to avoid recurrence.

For more information on eligibility and application requirements refer to the guidelines.

How and when can we apply?

National Societies can apply following a call for proposals for either Accelerator funding or a Bridge grant. Each has its own application form.

Resources are allocated through funding rounds, which will be announced to National Societies with the first round being announced later in 2018. The first funding round aims to allocate an initial 3 million Swiss francs. It is envisaged that only a small number (perhaps five or six National Societies) across the different risk contexts will be supported in round one, with a focus on Bridge funding grants to prepare the ground for future funding. The exact number of National Societies supported will depend on the applications received and the funds available.

What are the expected outcomes and reporting requirements?

National Societies will be expected to show how the Investment Alliance support has contributed to enhanced and sustainable capacity for delivery of relevant humanitarian services at national and local levels, and their learning from their organizational development.

Biannual narrative reports on changes, results, learning and financial reports will be required.

For more information contact:

Kim Scriven
Fund Manager, National Society Investment Alliance

Office of the National Society Investment Alliance
c/o International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
Route de Pré-Bois 1, 1214 Vernier, Switzerland