COVID-19 Rapid Response grants: half-way point impact

Categories: COVID-19 pandemic, Funding rounds, Learning, Project impact
31 August 2021


To illustrate the impact of the UK Aid Direct Rapid Response funding, we have created an infographic to highlight some of the key achievements made and lessons learned by Rapid Response grant holders three months into their projects (implemented in 2020).

Infographic showing data on impact of the rapid response fund

To support charities during the outbreak of COVID-19, existing Community Partnership and Impact grant holders were given the opportunity to apply for additional funding from UK Aid Direct to scale up their responses to the pandemic.

The grants of up to £45,000 for Community Partnership grant holders (small non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and up to £200,000 for Impact grant holders (medium-sized, NGOs), were approved for 33 grant-holder charities in 14 countries.

The additional funding was designed to support grant holders to prepare, mitigate and respond to the primary short- and medium-term impacts of COVID-19 on marginalised communities over a six-month period. A majority of these interventions were active between October 2020 and April 2021.

Over the next few weeks, we will be releasing a series of impact videos made by four Rapid Response grant holders, explaining what they have achieved with the extra funding from UK Aid Direct.

Coming soon on Monday 6 September – a video from Leprosy Mission, Nepal.