Updated Nov 23, 2017

FP2020's Rapid Response Mechanism

Offered by Department for International Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and United Nations Population Fund as part of FP2020

The RRM provides grants that respond toemerging, unanticipatedand/ortime-boundopportunities that will help FP2020 meet its goal of enabling 120 million more women and girls using contraceptives by 2020. The RRM supports projects that amplify existing family planning programs in anFP2020 focus country.RRM grants are catalytic, unblocking challenges to stimulate FP2020 work and aims.
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Open Year RoundDeadline
Up to $250,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 1: Ideation, Stage 2: Research & Development, Stage 3: Proof of Concept, Stage 4: Transition to Scale, Stage 5: Scaling and Stage 6: Sustained Scale
Implemented in:
CountryMongolia, Comoros, Afghanistan, Guinea, Ghana, Gambia, The, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Congo, Republic of the, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Chad, Cameroon, Cambodia, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Bolivia, Benin, Bangladesh, Haiti, Sao Tome and Principe, Papua New Guinea, Malawi, Senegal, Rwanda, Philippines, Palestinian Territories, North Korea, Nigeria, Niger, Nepal, Mozambique, Mauritania, Liberia, Lesotho, Laos, Kyrgyzstan, Kenya, Iraq, India, Honduras, Guinea-Bissau, Egypt, Cote d'Ivoire, Central African Republic, Bhutan, Togo, Timor-Leste, Tajikistan, Solomon Islands, Uzbekistan, Uganda, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Vietnam, Tanzania, Sudan, Sri Lanka, South Sudan, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Nicaragua, Madagascar, Myanmar, Pakistan and Yemen
Focus Areas
Sexual and Reproductive Health (Health)
The RRM follows a dual track, being either (1) a consultancy-based contract or (2) an activity-based grant around one of four main themes: - Technical assistance provided to key stakeholders in need of expert support (for example, the cost of a high-level consultant in supply chain management). -Non-routine training of family planning providers (for example, to train Community Health Extension Workers after a new task-shifting policy has been passed). - Advocacy, including through a pilot project (for example, gather evidence through a pilot on the positive effects of youth-friendly family planning services, to inform upcoming budgetary negotiations and secure increased funding for this type of service). -Increasing access for hard to reach and marginalized groups, including adolescents and youth, and in post-crisis contexts. -Other (e.g. an urgent need such as time-sensitive, local adaptation of contraceptive guidelines).
Who Is Elgible? -Registered NGOs, CSOs and INGOs, governments, private and UN organizations are eligible.
-Applicants must have a bank account registered to the organization’s name.

Other Requirements

Planned Usage of FundsThe RRM cannot be used to fund the following:

- Purchase of contraceptives
-Government staff salaries or honorariums
-Scholarships to individuals
-Fees to attend a conference
-Basic research, academic studies or surveys
-Capital equipment (such as machinery, vehicles, IT equipment, and office furniture)
OtherRRM funding is disbursed rapidly by the FP2020 Secretariat and must be spent within a maximum of 12 months by the Grantee. The majority of RRM-funded projects last 3 to 6 months.Awards will not exceed US$ 250,000. However, the vast majority of RRM-funded projects receive less than US$100,000.

Application Directions

The FP2020 Secretariat accepts new RRM applications on a rolling basis.

Prospective organizations can apply through two distinct channels:
- On-line application form on the FP2020 website (recommended link here, see “Apply Now!”)
-Off-line application form, available upon request atrapidresponse@familyplanning2020.org The FP2020 Secretariat strongly encourages applicants to use the forms and templates provided on our website (especially the RRM budget template). Selection of RRM applications is competitive, based on how relevant the proposed project is to fulfill the RRM mandate and how much funding is available at any given time. Applicants must demonstrate that the grant will help address an unanticipated need or urgent opportunity and that there are clear benefits or reasons to secure rapid funding. Selection of RRM grants will be handled by the FP2020 Secretariat, in consultation with our country support teams as appropriate. All grants will undergo a degree of validation and due diligence. The following documents must be provided by the applicant (templates available in the “Resources” section below): - Registration Documents (always required, unless the applicant is a government body) -Audit report or Bank Letter (always required, unless the applicant is a government body) -Commitment Letter (only if the applicant plans to implement its proposed project jointly with one or several partner organization(s) -Support Letter from aFP2020 commitment entity(only if the proposed project budget exceeds US$25,000) [1]We recommend that your project only uses ONE of the main strategies listed above (technical assistance, training, advocacy, service delivery). If more than one strategy applies to your project, it is not possible for you to apply using our on-line system. Please contact us at rapidresponse@familyplanning2020.org to request an “off-line” application form in Microsoft Word format (please write “Off-line application requested” in the subject line of your email).

Application And Awards Process


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