Turkey Humanitarian Fund

The Turkey Humanitarian Fund (THF) is a multi-donor Country-based Pooled Fund. It was established in 2014 following UN Security Resolutions 2139 and 2165 in view of the magnitude and complexity of the Syria crisis.

The THF supports projects in line with the priorities of the Syria Strategic Response Plan (SRP). It aims to provide flexible and timely resources to partners thereby expanding the delivery of humanitarian assistance, increasing humanitarian access, and strengthening partnerships with local and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

The THFis managed by OCHA at the country-level under the leadership of the Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator (DRHC). Donor contributions to the Turkey Humanitarian Pooled Fund are un-earmarked and allocated by the Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator through an in-country consultative process.

Aim of the Turkey Humanitarian Fund

The long-term aim of the Turkey Humanitarian Fund is to strengthen the capacity of Syrian NGOs. This is done by:

  • Providing direct funding to projects of Syrian NGO;
  • Applying participatory capacity assessment methodologies to identify and address capacity needs of partners;
  • Funding projects of UN agencies and international NGO’s targeting Syrian NGOs with distinct capacity building components.

Within the programmatic framework of the Syria Strategic Response Plan (SRP), the THF will enable the delivery of humanitarian assistance by:

  1. Promoting needs-based assistance in accordance with humanitarian principles.
  2. Responding rapidly to critical life-saving needs, with a particular focus on besieged and hard to reach areas.
  3. Improving the relevance and coherence of the humanitarian response by aligning with the Strategic Response Plan and Cluster Priorities;
  4. Strengthening coordination and leadership through the cluster system and function of the Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator.

Allocations & Application Process

The THF can allocate funding through two modalities:

  • A standard allocation (through a call for proposals), which is issued twice a year, usually in February and July, and which is aligned to the priorities of the Cluster Working Groups, who form technical review committees to review and recommend projects for funding.
  • A reserve allocation (as a certain percentage of the fund), which is maintained to allow partners to rapidly respond to unforeseen emerging humanitarian needs and is called at the discretion of the DHRC in consultation with the clusters.

Submitted projects go through two types of project review: a strategic review to ensure alignment with strategic priorities of the call, and a technical review to determine the soundness and quality of proposals and ensure alignment with the cluster priorities. The strategic and technical reviews will be discharged by respective review committees, which operate separately by cluster and who make recommendations for funding to the Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator.

Who can access the THF?

Country-based Pooled Funds are managed by OCHA and priority is given to funding projects of Syrian National Non-Governmental Organizations (national NGOs – NNGOs).

International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs), Red Cross/Crescent and UN agencies are also welcome to apply and are encouraged to include capacity building components for Syrian NGOs in their projects.

Proposals for both Allocation Modalities should be submitted by eligible partners on the Grant Management System at https://cbpf.unocha.org/

How to become eligible partners of the THF

In order to become eligible partners of the Turkey Humanitarian Fund, NGOs applying for funding must be active members of Cluster Working Groups and have to participate in a capacity assessment process. In this assessment institutional, technical, management and financial capacities of partners are systematically and transparently reviewed and determine the appropriate operational modalities for the administration of funding contracts.