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

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.


These grants are focused on parts of the innovation lifecycle that are often under-resourced:  problem recognition, advancing seed-funded projects, and project diffusion

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Elrha is a registered charity in England and Wales (1177110).

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