Disaster Preparedness & Resiliency Programs

More than any other place on Earth, Asia is on the front lines of climate change and the resulting increase in natural disasters. Give2Asia and the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) believe that smart, contextual, community-based interventions performed by local partners are the most effective way to prepare for disasters, mitigate their damage and ultimately save lives. Give2Asia and IIRR invite local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) from six South and Southeast Asian nations to submit program proposals that prepare for disasters and climate change in their communities. One-year projects up to $25,000 and two-year projects up to $50,000 will be considered. Examples of potential projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Early warning systems and evacuation planning
  • Water management systems such as rainwater harvesting and gray water recycling to mitigate drought.
  • Environmental protection or restoration schemes that reduce risks of landslides, flash floods, storms or storm surges.
  • Organizing and strengthening community emergency response such as first aid training, search and rescue and water safety
  • Promotion and use of climate-resilient agriculture production approaches
  • Climate field schools to teach farmer and fishers to use climate and weather information

Submissions should include explicit information on the hazard being addressed and describe the factors of why the target community is at risk to these hazards. Applications must also include the project plan, and organizational experience in this or related projects. Both new and ongoing disaster preparedness and resilience building programs will be considered. Additional consideration will be given to projects that:

  • Prepare for multiple hazards
  • Leverage technology
  • Include poverty reduction or economic development components
  • Include a focus on women and girls or other marginalized groups.

Applicant organizations must be registered in the country they intend to work, and must be eligible to receive funding from foreign sources in that country. Organizations and projects based in the following countries are eligible:

  • Bangladesh
  • India*
  • Indonesia
  • Myanmar
  • Philippines
  • Vietnam

*Additionally, organizations working in India will need to provide FCRA registration certificate, 12 A (a) registration certificate and PAN card, should they be selected for funding.


These are terms that seem similar, but which have specific technical nuances. At their core, however, all these ideas seek to increase the capacity of people and communities to survive and live with the changing environment and climate. For this program, these are the definitions:

  1. Disaster Preparedness – The scope of activities in disaster preparedness are all directed at saving lives and properties in the event of hazards affecting the community. It includes actions such as setting up early warning systems, emergency evacuation planning and drills, organizing of community emergency response teams and information and education activities on what to do in case of emergencies.
  1. Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) – DRR, on the other hand, seeks to resolve the underlying causes of disaster risk. It is closely linked to development work. It is based on the premise that disasters happen because of unsustainable development patterns that reduce the capacities of people to cope with the negative effects of hazards thereby causing disasters. Thus, the scope of DRR actions can span between a vaccination program for children to construction of river embankments. It can also include activities such as improving incomes so that people can have better housing. Disaster preparedness is also included within the broad scope of DRR. Traditionally, DRR programs are based on historical experiences of people and communities to past disasters.
  1. Resilience Building – Building the resilience of people and communities is the end result of disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction. An added scope of work in resilience building is climate change adaptation or the ability of people and communities to anticipate the effects of climate change in the future, to make better decisions according to anticipated changes and to absorb and transform these changes into development opportunities. Unlike DRR which bases its actions from historical experiences, climate change adaptation looks at the future as directed by climate change.


 Stage 1: Submission of Project Concept Notes

Applicants must submit the following documents to Matt Grager at disasterprep@give2asia.org for consideration. Forms are available at give2asia.org/ngodpp-forms:

  1. Organizational Intake Form
  2. Concept Note Form (The Concept Note should not exceed 3 pages, and must address all requested information.)
  3. Budget Template

Stage 2: Submission of Full Project Proposals for Shortlisted Concept Notes

All accepted concept notes will be invited to submit full Project Description Form and budget details for final consideration.

Criteria for Selection

1. Technical Feasibility – 60%

  • Logical coherence between risk and proposed actions
  • Ownership of community members to the proposed actions
  • Innovative features and new approaches to the work
  • Replicability and sustainability (the ability of the project to produce lasting results)

2. Financial Feasibility – 30%

  • Value for money; cost vis a vis expected results and beneficiaries
  • Opportunities for the project to contribute to a larger program

3. Experience and Capacity of Proponent to Implement – 10%

Submission Review and Further Opportunities:

Submissions will be reviewed by a team from Give2Asia and IIRR. Selected grant recipients will undergo Give2Asia’s due diligence process in accordance with US expenditure responsibility guidelines. The first round of grants will be awarded in October 2014. Applications for the first grant round must be received by August 31, 2014. All applications submitted after that date will be considered for the second grant round (2015). All organizations submitting proposals will also be considered for the following opportunities:

  • Fiscal sponsor partnerships and project-based crowd-funding with Give2Asia
  • Fundraising opportunities from US-based donors
  • Community-Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR) training and consultation events


This request for proposal comes as a part of the NGO Disaster Preparedness Program, a joint venture of Give2Asia and the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, supported by the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation. This program aims to develop innovative, effective models for mitigating disasters and climate change in Asia’s most vulnerable countries and connect them with the US-based philanthropic sector. Learn more at give2asia.org/disasterprep.