World Food Programme Funds for Food Assistance

Deadline: 15 November 2013
Open to: international, innovative NGOs
Grant: approximately $1 million available in total for all awards combined


The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. WFP is part of the United Nations system and is voluntarily funded. In emergencies, we get food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After the cause of an emergency has passed, we use food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives.

The United Nations World Food Programme has announced a new Fund for NGOs called ‘the Cooperating Partners’ Innovation Fund’ (CPIF). This Fund aims to promote collaboration with NGOs in the design and development of new tools and approaches for food assistance.

WFP has recognized that NGOs have pioneered market-based programming approaches that amplify the impact of food assistance programmes. NGOs have also been first movers in adapting private sector technology and business models to social programming and food assistance generally, and specifically to cash and voucher programming.

The focus of this Fund in 2013 is the ‘Cash and Voucher’ programming as a key opportunity for collaboration.


Eligible applicants include national and international NGOs with valid registration in the country from where the application is initiated and, if different, with documented authorization to work in the country or countries where the proposed innovation will be developed. If selected applicants are not already WFP Cooperating Partners, WFP will undertake standard due diligence to ensure suitability of a partnership relationship prior to issuing an award.


WFP will administer flexible grant funding to openly competed proposals. There is approximately $1 million available in total for all awards combined. Proposals will be passed through external, independent review. Within the available resources, there is no pre-determined maximum or minimum award. WFP reserves the right to carry over resources to a subsequent solicitation of proposals.


There is no application format or template. Applicants should prepare a proposal in English of not more than 2,250 words including a maximum 250 word summary. Each proposal should clearly indicate:

  1. an emerging challenge or opportunity for cash or voucher based food assistance;
  2. an innovative tool or approach to engage the opportunity;
  3. specific activities proposed to develop the innovation;
  4. clear milestones to be achieved by the proposed activities;
  5. indicators by which to assess the success of funded activities;
  6. means by which any risks, while tolerated, will be managed;
  7. justification of the proposed budget, the main categories of expenditure, and expected project time frame.

Applications must be submitted as a single pdf document without additional attachments, no later than 15 November 2013, 23:59 GMT. Applications submitted beyond this deadline cannot be included in the appraisal process.

For more information, read the Concept Note HERE, the Guidelines HERE, and visit the official website HERE.

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