Wednesday 29 July 2020

Are you a youth-led organization with a big idea to reach young people with sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information and services during the Covid-19 pandemic? Do you see a timely opportunity to support the rights of adolescents and youth to decide, freely and for themselves, how they access SRH information and services? We can help you fund that activity through the Covid-19 Rapid Response Mechanism!



What Is the Covid-19 Rapid Response Mechanism?

What Is the Covid-19 Rapid Response Mechanism?

The Covid-19 Rapid Response Mechanism’s (RRM) is a one-time call for proposals focusing on youth-led and youth-focused initiatives. This call will run through August 10, 2020.

Through this initiative, Save the Children aims to:

  • Expand access for adolescents and young people, particularly those living in emergency settings, to a range of SRH information and services during the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Strengthen the capacity of youth-led organizations working on adolescent and youth SRH
  • Learn from youth organizations to support future RRM opportunities and capacity-building efforts of youth-led organizations

The Covid-19 RRM for Youth Organizations will provide small grants for time-sensitive projects. Your project should propose SRH activities to benefit adolescents and/or youth to overcome challenges created and/or intensified by the Covid-19 pandemic. The RRM grants are aimed at reaching the most vulnerable adolescents and youth; thus, grants with proposed activities that benefit refugee adolescents and youth will be prioritized. The activities in your project should fall into one or more of the following categories: Technical assistance, non-routine training, advocacy, or increasing access for adolescents and youth affected by humanitarian crises. Save the Children will be providing capacity-building assistance throughout the project as well.


  • The Rapid Response Mechanism will award a maximum of two grants to youth-led organizations. The selection process will be competitive and coordinated by Save the Children.
  • These grants will not exceed US$20,000.
  • These project funds must be spent by October 31, 2020.

Who Should Apply?

Youth-led organizations are eligible for consideration in this time-bound call for proposals. Save the Children considers organizations to be youth-led if they are both serving and led by young people (25 years old or under).

Please remember that:

  • Applicants must be registered as association following local regulation
  • Applicants must have an official bank account registered in the organization’s name.
  • Your application must benefit adolescents and/or youth.

How to Apply

  1. Submit your application form before  August 10, 2020: To apply, use the Application Form (included within this announcement), prepare your responses offline with the rest of your team, and email the completed form to  Natasha Nishimwe <natasha.nishimwe@savethechildren.orgbefore  August 10, 2020.
  2. Save the Children will review your project idea, ask additional questions, contact your reference, and select the two youth-led organization grantees by August 15, 2020.

Additional Questions?

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions page below the Application form or email Natasha Nishimwe <natasha.nishimwe@savethechildren.org>.