New Zealand Disaster Response Partnership


The purpose of the New Zealand Disaster Response Partnership (NZDRP) is to provide a transparent funding mechanism, for New Zealand non-governmental organisations (NGOs), to facilitate the effective and efficient mobilisation of humanitarian assistance following natural disaster or armed conflict.


The NZDRP will support achievement of the outcome “to provide effective needs based response to, and recovery from, natural disasters or armed conflict,” outlined in the New Zealand Aid Programme Policy and Strategies for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Risk Reduction.


In order to apply to a funding round, NGOs must be accredited to the NZDRP. Accreditation takes place once every three years. Accreditation for 2014 – 2017 is now open for applications. Applications close 5pm 13 May 2014. For more information see the NZDRP Accreditation. Accreditation.

Application, appraisal, decision making and reporting:


Calls for NZDRP applications will be made following approval of a funding round by the New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs.  NZDRP applications will be submitted using the NZDRP proposal and budget templates.

All applicants will need to demonstrate their capability to effectively manage, monitor, evaluate and report on response and initial recovery activities and the use of public finances.

For Pacific responses, NZ NGOs will have three working days, following a call for proposals, to submit NZDRP applications.

For non-Pacific responses, NZ NGOs will have seven working days, following a call for proposals, to submit NZDRP applications.

Criteria, appraisal and decision-making

All applications will be appraised by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) against the appraisal criteria of Relevance, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Impact, and Sustainability (see Quality Rating Scale).

Applications must also:

  • Demonstrate value for money.  The overall cost of the activity should represent a good investment for the results (outputs and outcomes) that will be achieved through the activity;
  • Clearly articulate outputs and outcomes and how they will be achieved, including the number of vulnerable people (men, women and children) provided with essential assistance following natural disasters or armed conflict;
  • Demonstrate New Zealand NGO expertise and comparative advantage that includes strong and effective partnerships with in-country implementing partners and how the New Zealand NGO supports, advocates for and influences the delivery of quality and accountable humanitarian activities with their partners; and
  • Demonstrate how the cross cutting issues of environment, gender and human rights have informed activity design and implementation.


NZDRP reports will be submitted using the NZDRP reporting and budget templates. 

Consistency with MFAT contracting requirements

The NZDRP will be managed in line with existing MFAT contracting and financial management requirements. 


  1. Contestable funding:

The NZDRP funding may be granted, up to a maximum value of $250,000 per activity, on a contestable basis, for high quality proposals that:

  • Provide rapid humanitarian assistance to natural disasters in the Pacific through essential NGO prepositioned relief supplies;
  • Provide humanitarian assistance to meet initial assessed needs arising from natural disasters in the Pacific through NGO response (relief and early recovery) activities; 
  • Provide humanitarian assistance to significant natural disasters outside the Pacific through NGO response (relief and early recovery) activities.

The NZDRP may also be utilised to provide humanitarian assistance in the case of civil or armed conflict in the Pacific.

2. Activity timeframe:

NZDRP activities will have an implementation timeframe of up to 12 months for both Pacific and non-Pacific responses.

3. Matched funding:

For selected activities outside the Pacific, the NZDRP will match NZ NGO contributions committed, up to $250,000 per project, based on the NGO contribution over the life of the activity. 

This NGO contribution will need to be reported on as part of the normal NZDRP financial reporting process. 

In the Pacific there is no matched funding requirement for NZDRP activities to ensure rapid mobilisation of both Government and NGO resources.

4. New Zealand based activity support costs:

New Zealand based support costs should not exceed 10% of the total activity budget. For both Pacific and non-Pacific activities, the NZDRP will contribute up to 50% of New Zealand based activity support costs.

5. Integration of disaster risk reduction:

Integration of disaster risk reduction (DRR) into response and early recovery activities is an effective way of reducing the impact of future shocks on communities, offering more sustainable solutions.  The NZDRP provides up to 20% of NGO funding to be targeted to DRR activities in both Pacific and non-Pacific responses.

6. Pacific pre-positioned relief supplies:

From time to time, MFAT will invite applications from NZDRP accredited NGOs to pre-position essential relief supplies in the Pacific.  

7. Funding allocation:

As the NZDRP is a contestable fund, MFAT reserves the right to select the best applications and to allocate the funding pool accordingly.  This may, from time to time, involve amending the indicated level of up to $250,000 per activity.

8. Public messaging:

MFAT will coordinate with NZ NGOs on jointly timed public statements on a case by case basis.

9. Terms and Conditions:

The full Terms and Conditions for the NZDRP are available on request.

Financial forms

NZDRP - Authority form [PDF, 492kb] to confirm Bank Details (for direct credit payments under NZDRP Grant Funding Arrangements).

Please contact the MFAT NZDRP Contract Manager if any unspent funds are to be returned to MFAT under an DRP Grant Funding Arrangement.  They will provide MFAT bank details.