Launch: Challenge Fund

Location: Sendai, Japan,   Start Date: All day Mar 16th 2015
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The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) will launch a Challenge Fund on March 16, 2015, at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in Sendai, Japan.

The Challenge Fund, through a small grant program, will seek to address challenges to accessing and using risk information for decision making to ensure disaster risk reduction and improved disaster and climate resilience. These challenges can include access to high resolution digital elevation models, the integration of climate change scenarios in risk modelling, and access to post-disaster data.

The challenges, to be defined by an Expert Working Group—comprising of 11 practitioners working in disaster risk management in the private, public, multilateral and non-profit sectors—will be published on this page in the next few weeks.


The first phase of funding will be a series of grants ranging from $20,000-$150,000. A maximum of 20 projects will be appraised at this stage with a project cycle of six months.

Projects with the highest potential will receive further funding under the second phase of the Challenge Fund in 2016. This phase of the project cycle will be 6-12 months.


Expressions of interest can be submitted shortly after the competition is launched in Sendai. Further instructions on proposal submissions will be also available on this webpage in the coming weeks.

Proposals will be reviewed by the Expert Working Group, and, based on their initial review, applicants will be given the opportunity to revise their applications before final submission.

The winners of the first phase of funding will be announced in June 2015.


The following key features will be highly regarded in the selection process:

We welcome partnerships and collaboration on projects among different organizations.

For more information, please contact Emma Phillips ( or Amal Ali (