The UNHCR Refugee-led Innovation Fund is currently accepting applications from refugee-led organizations worldwide.

UNHCR Refugee-led Innovation Fund For Registered and Unregistered Organizations 2024
UNHCR Refugee-led Innovation Fund For Registered and Unregistered Organizations 2024

This initiative aims to empower displaced and stateless individuals by prioritizing their creativity and leadership in shaping humanitarian efforts affecting their lives.

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Key Objectives

– Centering displaced and stateless individuals in decision-making processes regarding humanitarian work.
– Providing direct financial support, mentoring, and expertise to refugee-led organizations to implement innovative solutions.

Challenges Faced

– Refugee-led organizations encounter obstacles in accessing funding and resources.
– Limited inclusion in entrepreneurial networks hampers access to knowledge and support necessary for maximizing impact.

Fund Benefits

– Financial Support: Grants of up to $45,000 USD are available for implementing community-focused initiatives, not limited to specific themes or technologies.
– Program and Project Management Support: Assistance from UNHCR and experts to enhance capacity in program design and implementation.
– Technical Expertise and Coaching: Tailored advice covering various areas, including technology, legal matters, and innovation methodologies.
– Peer Networking: Opportunities for collaboration, learning, and partnership building among supported organizations.
– Additional Support: Addressing specific needs such as organizational development, sustainability planning, training, and media outreach.
– Learning Focus: Support for outcome measurement, impact assessment, and knowledge sharing to facilitate growth and adaptation based on community feedback.


– Open to all organizations led by individuals with lived experiences of forced displacement, including refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced persons, returnees, and stateless individuals recognized within their communities.
– Applicants should apply as a team, typically within an existing organization, regardless of registration status.
– Priority given to underrepresented groups such as LGBTIQ+ persons, women, people with disabilities, Indigenous populations, and others.

Application Process

– Two-stage selection process:
1. Submit a brief expression of interest by May 31, 2024, outlining the identified challenge and proposed solution.
2. Shortlisted organizations proceed to submit a full application within three weeks, receiving support from the Innovation Service and UNHCR country offices.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2024.

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