There are two types of allocations: standard and reserve.
This is the process through which the majority of funding is channelled to support priority activities within the Humanitarian Response Plan. Funding permitting, two rounds are usually conducted during the year, each based on an Allocation Strategy Paper formulated under the leadership of the Humanitarian Coordinator in conjunction with the Inter-Cluster Working Group (ICWG) and the SSHF Advisory Board.
This is used for a rapid and flexible allocation of funds in the event of unforeseen emergencies, or to address emerging humanitarian needs. It allows for engagement with particular humanitarian situations necessitating a coordinated response outside the Standard Allocations. Specific parameters are determined through an Allocation Strategy Paper established by the Humanitarian Coordinator, while the process is typically lighter and quicker than for a standard allocation.
The indicative process for a standard allocation includes the following:
- Formulation of the Allocation Strategy Paper;
- Determination of inter-cluster priorities and requirements;
- Endorsement of inter-cluster priorities and requirements;
- Call for and submission of concept notes by implementing partners;
- Strategic review of concept notes and recommendation of selected concept notes for funding;
- Submission and technical review of fully-fledged proposals;
- Final approval of proposals and corresponding fund allocations;
- Contracting and disbursement of funds.
Project cycle management, including the allocation process and the submission of concept notes, is done using an online platform - the Grant Management System (GMS).