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Rapid Response Fund: application guidelines

The Rapid Response Fund is closing temporarily from Friday 19 July 2024. We will be using this time to gather important feedback on the RRF and redesign the fund so that it works more effectively for funders and fundraisers. Final applications must be submitted by Friday 19 July at 17:00 BST. Full statement here.

Application criteria:

  • Applicant: Any UK-based individual, group, network or organisation with a charitable purpose may apply.
  • Location: Work can be anywhere in the world.
  • Amount: The maximum request is £25,000 (average amount raised is £10,000).
  • Timing: The specific event or situation to which you are responding must have  been impossible to anticipate. It must be the case that action needs to happen quickly in order to be effective. Actions must be implemented within three months of securing funding. 
  • Issues: We welcome applications for work on all environmental issues, but will give preference to work on thematic issues that EFN research has found to be less well funded:  a) trade and finance, b) consumption and waste, c) toxics and pollution, d) transport and e) fresh water.
  • Approaches: EFN research has indicated that the UK environment sector thinks more resources are needed for a) policy and advocacy work, b) ‘movement-building’ involving work engaging with the grassroots and civil society coordination, and c) communications work with a greater focus on attitudes, behaviours and values. In addition, our conversations with sector leaders have indicated that funds are often needed urgently for work related to legal action. We will give preference to proposals for work using these approaches.

Application process:

  • Applications are made online via a google form.
  • The form cannot be saved part way through, so once you begin, you will need to answer all the questions and submit the form. We recommend preparing your answers offline and then copying and pasting them into the online form when you are ready. 
  • Applications must be completed in English. 

What happens next:

  • We will respond to you as soon as we can. We aim for the overall process from application to potential funding to take no longer than six weeks. 
  • Please bear in mind that, even if your application is favourably reviewed, there is no guarantee it will receive any funding. 
  • Applications can receive funding pledges but, if the minimum amount of funding is not reached, funders can decline to action their pledge. 
  • If you have any questions, please contact Aliyah.