Core Grants

The Humanitarian Innovation Fund supports organisations and individuals to identify, nurture and share innovative and scalable solutions to the challenges facing effective humanitarian assistance.

The Fund exists to support humanitarian innovation. We see this as the process of creating, testing and scaling novel approaches in humanitarian aid, in order to positively benefit communities affected by crisis.

Our grant making is based on our understanding of five stages in innovation: recognition, invention, development, implementation and diffusion. This guides our funding and support framework while also recognising that taking ideas from inception to reality is not a simple linear process, and that these stages are iterative and interconnected. Many projects have applied for more than one of our grants, as the innovation develops and grows.


* Please note:  While an external evaluation of the HIF programme is being carried out, alongside the development of our new programme strategy, we will not be opening the next Development and Implementation (DIP) funding call or be accepting applications to our Early Stage Innovation (ESI) grants for Recognition and Invention projects.

We’re looking forward to building on our work since 2011, supporting over 75 innovations through our core funding of Early Stage Innovation, Development and Implementation, and Diffusion grants.

There will be further announcements on the future funding opportunities and activities later in the year. Sign up to our mailing list to be among the first to hear and keep up to date with our latest news. If you have further queries please get in touch.*

Elrha is hosted by Save the Children, a registered charity in England and Wales (213890) and Scotland (SC039570).

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