DiPS COVID-19 funding


Diaspora Project Support (DiPS) Call for proposals


With the spread of COVID-19 and consequences that it is expected to have on communities in Afghanistan and Somalia, the diaspora has a crucial role to play in the provision of localized responses. Activities funded through this call for proposals will be led and supported by diaspora actors and may focus on: 

  1. Containing the spread of COVID-19 

  1. Supporting communities where COVID-19 has – or is expected to worsen already strained protection, social and economic situations 

  1. Advocating for refugees, internally displaced people, migrants and host communities that are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 or its derived social and economic effects

Based on the above, DRC has decided to publish this call for proposals to support diaspora responses to COVID-19in their countries of origin. Funds are made available by Danida. 

Read the full call for proposals.

Deadline for applying 

The call will be open for submission on a rolling basis from 20 May 2020 and will close on 1 July 2020

How to apply 

Afghan and Somali diaspora organizations based in Denmark that wish to apply, should send the following documents to [email protected]: 

  • Completed DiPS application form for COVID-19 responses

  • Completed DiPS budget templated for COVID-19 responses

  • Completed DiPS work plan 

  • For former DiPS grantees only: updated statutes and the minutes of the most recent general assembly

Forms and guidelines

Additional information will be requested if the proposal is accepted for funding. Grantee organizations will be vetted according to DRC procedures. This may not applicable for former or currentDiPS granteethat have already been vetted.  

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ 

Who can apply?

This call is open to Afghan and Somali diaspora organizations based in Denmark. Activities should be planned to be carried out with local partners or directly with target communities. 

Which activities can be supported?

Activities supported by this call should clearly provide relief and support to communities that are currently or are expected to be affected by the spread of COVID-19. 

Outlined below are examples of activities that could be supported. This is, however, not exhaustive and new ideas to provide solutions would be assessed positively.  

In relation to (i) containing the spread of COVID-19, activities could focus on issues such as: 

  • Awareness-raising of how to limit or stop the spread of COVID-19 via radio, TV, social media or WhatsApp campaigns, community networks or other channels that may be accessible to the diaspora 

  • Remote knowledge transfer activities by diaspora health care professionals to local health care facilities

  • Learning packages for children about COVID-19, for example workbooks, school supplies, or educational flashcards 

  • Identifying relevant places for and setting up community washing stations (while keeping in mind social distancing) with awareness campaigns on how to effectively wash hands 

In relation to (ii) supporting communities where COVID-19 has – or is expected to worsenalready strained protection, social and economic situations, activities could focus on issues such as: 

  • Supporting livelihoods, e.g. training for tailors to make protective face masks 

  • Mental health services, e.g. setting up virtual psychosocial counselling or virtual anonymous peer-to-peer helplines 

  • Delivering care packages to vulnerable groups, including elders, children and persons with disabilities

  • Supporting community members who are not able to carry out essential daily life activities due to COVID-19

In relation to (iii) advocating for refugees, internally displaced people, migrants and host communities that are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 or its derived social and economic effects, activities could focus on issues such as: 

  • Advocacy toward local and national authorities calling for e.g. making COVID-19 responses more socially inclusive 

  • Setting up mechanisms for communities to report protection issues to the government in coordination with elders 

How much can be applied for?

Diaspora organizations may apply for up to DKK50,000 per intervention that may last up to four months. Each organization may apply for up to two interventions. A maximum of DKK500,000 has been allocated for this call. 

What are the selection criteria and assessment process?

All proposals are assessed against the following criteria: 

  • Purpose and relevance (1-5 points) 

  • Expectedimpact (1-5 points) 

  • The assessed capacity of the applicant organization and their local partner to carry out the proposed activities (1-5 points) 

  • Risk reflections (1-5 points)2 

  • Level of costs (1-5 points) 

Who decides on grant allocations (governance)?

All proposals will be assessed by the DiPS team and Diaspora Programme Advisory Board members. Based on the assessments, the DiPS team will make recommendations to the Evaluation Committee. Decisions on funding allocations rest solely with the Evaluation Committee (two DRC management representatives). 

When will you know if you got funding?

Applications will be assessed on an on-going basis and answers may be expected within a maximum of three weeks. 

What are the terms and conditions?

For this call, the DiPS administrative guidelines apply. Final narrative and financial reports are required. Guidelines and templates are available at in this dropbox folder 

In cases where compliance with the DiPS administrative guidelines is not possible, the applicant may suggest alternative methods of accountability and compliance, to be assessed by DRC.  

Contributions from the diaspora organizations (own contribution) are not mandatory but will be assessed positively.