Refugee-led Innovation Fund: Empowering Displaced Creativity for Lasting Impact – Open for Applications!

The refugee-led Innovation Fund inviting displaced and stateless individuals, with special attention given to underrepresented groups such as LGBTIQ+ persons, women, people with disabilities, and other marginalized communities.
The Refugee-led Innovation Fund is excited to announce that it is now open for applications! This groundbreaking fund champions the creativity and resilience of displaced and stateless individuals, empowering them to shape the delivery of humanitarian work and create innovative solutions with lasting impact. By providing comprehensive support, including financial resources, mentoring, and expertise, the fund opens doors for refugee-led organizations to turn their ideas into reality.


Reshaping Humanitarian Work

Amidst existing challenges faced by displaced and stateless individuals, the Refugee-led Innovation Fund breaks barriers by offering direct funding and support. It revolutionizes the program architecture, ensuring that those with lived experiences of forced displacement take the lead in implementing their own innovative approaches. With this fund, the voices and contributions of refugee-led organizations are amplified and celebrated.
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The Refugee-led Innovation Fund invites applications from organizations led by individuals with first-hand experience of forced displacement, including refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced persons, returnees, and stateless individuals. Teams, usually part of existing organizations, are encouraged to apply, regardless of their registration status. The fund is particularly committed to supporting underrepresented groups, such as LGBTIQ+ persons, women, people with disabilities, and other marginalized communities.

Comprehensive Support For Impact

Selected organizations will receive a range of support from the Refugee-led Innovation Fund:
  • Financial Support: Up to $45,000 USD in funding to bring their community-focused ideas to life, without limitations on thematic areas or technologies.
  • Program and Project Management Support: Assistance from UNHCR and expert professionals to enhance capacity in program design and implementation.
  • Technical Expertise and Coaching: Tailored advice on technology, legal support, innovation methodologies, and more.
  • Peer-to-Peer Networking: Opportunities for collaboration, sharing experiences, learning, and exploring partnerships with other supported organizations.
  • Additional Support: Customized guidance on organizational development, project sustainability, training, business models, and media and communications.
The Refugee-led Innovation Fund is now accepting applications, inviting displaced and stateless individuals to be at the forefront of change and innovation. This fund offers a unique opportunity to transform ideas into action, driving positive social impact within communities. By supporting and amplifying the voices of refugee-led organizations, the Refugee-led Innovation Fund is reshaping the humanitarian landscape and building a brighter future for all.
UNHCR is accepting in all languages. Therefore, we encourage you to respond in the language of your preference. Applications can be submitted until 30 June 2023 at 23:59 CET. 
Apply now and be a part of this transformative journey!
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