COVID-19 Rapid Response grants: impact after six months

Categories: COVID-19 pandemic, Disability inclusion, Education, Funding rounds, Learning, Project impact
20 September 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 after the full six months of implementation in 2020.

This infographic captures what the impact of this Rapid Response funding has been after the full six months of implementation.

In response to COVID-19 pandemic, the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) developed a Rapid Response funding under UK Aid Direct for existing grant holders. 33 grants were made in 14 countries, for six-month interventions to prepare, mitigate and respond to the primary short- and medium-term impacts of COVID-19 on marginalised communities.

The grants have been successful and effective in delivering vital emergency relief to marginalised populations. The complementarity with longer-term development projects, and the resultant programmatic and technical learning has enabled these Rapid Response grants to contribute significantly beyond their emergency relief aims to the wider goals of UK Aid Direct.

Watch videos of impact from four Rapid Response grant holders:

Leprosy Mission of English and Wales, Nepal

Children in Crossfire, Tanzania

Action on Poverty, Sierra Leone

Street Child of Nepal