Through the support of USAID’s Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), the International Migration for Organization (IOM) in Sudan established the Rapid Response Fund (RRF) in Sudan with the aim of delivering rapid humanitarian response to external shocks resulting from natural and man-made disasters. The RRF provides a streamlined and flexible grant application and disbursement process that allows for the implementation of life‐saving humanitarian responses in locations experiencing sudden emergencies throughout Sudan. Emergency responses can be supported through the provision of grants to allow for immediate access to funds on a rolling basis.


To meet acute, emergency humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable populations, namely those affected by new aspect of ongoing crisis, natural and/or man-made disasters, by providing a flexible, effective and need-based funds disbursement mechanism to humanitarian actors operating in the emergency response.

When is RRF activated? 

The RRF Sudan can be activated in the event of:
a)    Conflict-induced displacement resulting from  inter‐ and intra‐ state conflict and inter‐ and intra‐ethnic violence.
b)    A natural disaster such as flooding or drought that results in displacement, asset losses, and/or significant health threats.

Targeted Sectors 

IOM, in collaboration with BHA, will support activities that maintain a strict focus on emergency relief activities consisting of:

  • Shelter and settlement (including shelter-related non-food items [NFIs])
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
  • Health
  • Protection
  • Humanitarian coordination and information management

Who can apply?

To apply for RRF Sudan grants, it is compulsory for all applicants to undergo and successfully pass screening against OFAC sanction lists. Prospective humanitarian organizations should complete the Rapid Response Fund Sudan Project Proposal form.


To be eligible to receive funds from the RRF Sudan, applicants must meet the following basic conditions:

  • Be registered with the Sudan Humanitarian Aid Commission at the federal level for INGOs and/or at the State level for National NGOs.
  • Have established and current sectorial competence in the area of potential intervention to be supported by the RRF Sudan.
  • Have established and current geographical presence in the area(s) of operation.
  • Have current access to the proposed areas of implementation.
  • Have a current and valid technical agreement in place with state/federal Humanitarian Aid Commission to support the proposed project, or the demonstrated ability to secure such a technical agreement quickly (within one month of the project start date). Organizations who have never worked in the proposed locality, under the proposed sector are unlikely to be eligible for the RRF, and will only be eligible under exceptional circumstances, which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Have a current and acceptable staffing level in place to implement the project (the requirement to recruit new staff for key positions in the proposed project will not be accepted).
  • Have availability of own funds to commence immediate implementation (whilst RRF grant is being processed).
  • Be able to produce a well‐structured, concise and meaningful project proposal that clearly demonstrates adherence to the RRF Guidelines and falls within the recommended sector priorities and standards.
  • Be able to meet standards of financial probity acceptable to the RRF Grants Manager and BHA. 
  • Have the capacity to meet monitoring, evaluation and reporting requirements established by IOM and BHA (see Section 6 of these Guidelines on Monitoring and Evaluation).
  • Be able to agree to restrictions and conditions relating to ineligible goods, restricted goods, and suppliers as set out in USAID procurement regulations.
  • Applicants already receiving BHA funds should first consult with BHA before applying for the RRF to determine if identified needs can be met through their already existing BHA-funded awards, or if identified needs are most appropriate for the RRF.

Application procedure 

In order to be considered eligible to apply for RRF Sudan grants, it is compulsory for all applicants to undergo and successfully pass screening against OFAC sanction lists. Prospective humanitarian organizations should complete the Rapid Response Fund Sudan Project Proposal form (available upon request from the RRF Grants Manager). Upon submission, the RRF Grants Manager will undertake an initial review of proposals, contacting potential grantees with follow‐up questions to assist in the decision‐making process. In addition, relevant Sector Leads will be consulted for guidance on whether the proposed activities meet Sector‐identified priorities for the targeted emergency. Proposals passing these initial reviews will be forwarded on to USAID/BHA for final decision.

Selection of grants

Proposals will be selected based on their match with the general and Sector‐specific requirements set forth in this RRF Sudan Guidelines document

  • Proposals should be completed using the RRF Sudan Narrative and budget Proposal template. 
  • Agencies may apply for a maximum of USD 250,000 per project application, unless exceptional circumstances and well‐established and justified needs require a larger funding amount. 
  • Total amount of funding available per sector may be less than USD 250,000; please therefore contact the RRF Grants Manager prior to applying to verify the maximum amount available per sector.

Related documents

IOM Sudan Rapid Response Fund Guidelines 2020 - 2021

IOM Sudan Rapid Response Fund Narrative Proposal Template 2021 - 2022

IOM Sudan Rapid Response Fund Proposal 2021 - 2022