Funding Allocations

Under the direction of the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC), the CHF aims to support the timely allocation and disbursement of donor resources to the most critical humanitarian needs, as defined by the annual Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP). In order to meet this goal, the CHF has two inclusive, transparent and efficient allocation processes.

  • Standard Allocation: process through which most of the funds will be allocated to ensure funding for priority projects in line with the HRP, usually occurring twice a year after the launch of the annual HRP and following the HRP mid-year review, depending upon funding levels.
  • Reserve Allocation: more streamlined process used for the rapid and flexible allocation of funds set aside by the HC, taking place as required in the event of unforeseen emergencies or to immediately address strategic humanitarian needs.

The Standard and Reserve Allocations are completed within specified periods of time to allow implementing partners to respond in a timely manner.  For all allocations, the HC publishes an allocation strategy paper in line with the HRP sectoral priorities that specifies the sectors and activities eligible for funding, developed by OCHA’s Strategy and Coordination Unit and in coordination with the relevant Clusters. For the Standard Allocation process, the CHF Advisory Board reviews and endorses the Standard Allocation Strategy paper.

The Review committees consisting of representatives from Clusters, UN agencies, NGOs and OCHA evaluate the submitted proposals, recommending strategically relevant and technically sound projects aligned with the key priorities of the allocation strategy paper for the HC’s final funding decision. The allocation strategy paper also lists the key strategic and technical criteria which project proposals must adhere to, such as value for money, monitoring requirements, beneficiary selection, as well as guidance on cross-cutting issues of access, protection mainstreaming and gender responsiveness in humanitarian response.

The project cycle management process for the CHF is done through OCHA’s Grant Management System (GMS), an online platform allowing for better management and institutional memoryof all CBPFs. CHF partners use this interface to submit project proposals and reports, and the HFU coordinates project review, monitoring and partner performance. 

Allocation Documents
First Standard Allocation Strategy, Timeline and Guidance (February 2017)
First Reserved Allocation Guidance and Annexes  (September 2016)
Second Standard Allocation Strategy and Annexes  (August 2016)
First Standard Allocation Strategy and Guidance (May 2016)
First Standard Allocation - Emergency Response to IDPs (May 2016)
Second Reserve Allocation Strategy - Earthquake Response (November 2015)
Second Standard Allocation 2015 - List of Approved Projects
Second Standard Allocation Strategy (September 2015)
First Standard Allocation Strategy & Annexes (March 2015)
First Standard Allocation 2015 - List of Approved Projects
Second Reserve Allocation Strategy & Annexes (November 2014)
Second Reserve Allocation 2014 - List of Approved Projects
First Reserve Allocation Strategy & Annex (October 2014)
First Reserve Allocation 2014 - List of Approved Projects
Second Standard Allocation Strategy & Annexes (August 2014)
Second Standard Allocation 2014 - List of Approved Projects
First Standard Allocation Strategy & Annexes  (March 2014)
First Standard Allocation 2014 - List of Approved Projects