Every year, Jersey Overseas Aid responds to emergencies around the world by granting much needed financial support to organizations working on the ground to provide relief during such disasters and humanitarian crises.

As of August 2022, JOA has allocated £2.1 million towards emergency humanitarian aid in Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen, Central African Republic, Syria and Ukraine.

Funding Opportunities

Funding is only made available to JOA’s select partners, which are each internationally-recognised aid agencies with longstanding experience in humanitarian response.

JOA now limits grants to £100,000 per agency per emergency, normally setting a maximum of £300,000 for any one disaster.  Please see the News and Announcements page or call our office for information about whether this limit has been reached or whether we are still accepting applications.

Application Requirements

Applications must be for the immediate relief of human suffering. JOA recognises immediate relief to include the provision of temporary shelter and schooling, clothing, heating, cooking items (eg. household kits), food and health provision (eg. water purifying tablets, medicines, medical supplies and assistance). Longer term proposals for infrastructure or disaster preparedness will fall within the remit of Grant Aid.

Whereas grant aid applications must be for specific identifiable projects, humanitarian relief funding is available for general use in dealing with a specified emergency or disaster or an identified part of the agency’s emergency response. JOA recognises the need for flexibility in this area, as priorities and conditions in the field can change rapidly. However, whenever possible, the agency should identify what the funding will purchase. Emergency funding will only be made available once a preliminary needs assesment has been carried out.

For further information please download our Explanatory Booklet below.

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