Successive seasons of failed rains—combined with increasing food prices, conflict, and limited humanitarian access—have resulted in a humanitarian crisis affecting millions of people in East Africa. To this end, the Government of Canada created the East Africa Drought Relief Fund.
For every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities, Canada will set aside one dollar for the East Africa Drought Relief Fund. CIDA will allocate these funds to established Canadian and international humanitarian organizations for humanitarian assistance efforts that benefit the people most affected by the drought.
The fund will provide effective and accountable financial support to experienced Canadian and international humanitarian partner organizations working in the affected areas of East Africa.
For every dollar Canadians contributed to registered Canadian charities responding to the East Africa drought, the Government of Canada will set aside one dollar for the East Africa Drought Relief Fund.
There is no limit on the amount of funds that are available through this program from the Government of Canada.To be counted for this purpose, donations must comply with all of the conditions below. A donation must be:
Both tax-receipted and non tax-receipted donations are eligible to be counted towards the size of the relief fund.
The requirement that donations be made by September 16, 2011, is to ensure that CIDA's matching contribution to the relief fund can in turn be mobilized quickly to respond to immediate needs in East Africa.
If you want your donation to be matched by a corresponding contribution from the Government of Canada to the East Africa Drought Relief Fund, you should ensure that your donation complies with the conditions set out above, that the charity in question intends to use the donations for drought relief efforts in East Africa, and that it has declared the donations to CIDA.
Eligible donations can include amounts from a fundraising event undertaken to raise money from individuals in response to the East Africa drought. This fundraising may be undertaken by corporations, government bodies (provincial, territorial or municipal), schools, faith-based organizations, clubs, social groups, businesses, unions, partnerships, incorporated or non-incorporated entities, or charitable organizations. However, any donations made from the existing resources of the above-mentioned entities (i.e. donations that were not raised from individuals specifically in response to the East Africa drought), or any donations that were made by the above-mentioned entities to augment an amount raised during a fundraising activity or event, are not eligible.
Please note that donations collected by a registered Canadian charity and given to another such organization should be declared only once to CIDA, to ensure no double-counting of donations.
In-kind donations are not eligible for the relief fund.
If an original donation is made by cheque, please ensure that the cheque is issued from a personal bank account (of the individual) and not from a corporate bank account. This is to ensure that the original donation is from an individual Canadian.
If a fundraising activity collects cash donations from individuals, a cheque for the total amount of donations can be issued to the registered charity by the organization leading the fundraising event. For example, a school holding a "loonie drive" may prefer to issue a cheque for the total amount of dollars raised. In this case, the organization leading the fundraising event must specify on the cheque that all original donations were made by individual Canadians.
To ensure that donations collected in response to the drought by registered Canadian charities will be taken into account in determining the size of the East Africa Drought Relief Fund, the charities concerned are required to complete and send in the East Africa Drought Relief Fund Declaration Form to CIDA, declaring the amount of eligible donations received. This form must be received by CIDA on or before September 30 2011 in order to be taken into account in determining the size of the East Africa Drought Relief Fund. All additional information on submitting the declaration form can be found on the declaration form document.
Please note that the East Africa Drought Relief Fund is separate from the funds raised by charities and will be administered separately by the Government of Canada. This means that a charity declaring the amount of eligible donations raised does not receive a matching dollar from the Government of Canada. For every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities, the government will set aside one dollar for the relief fund. The government will use the relief fund to support the efforts of experienced Canadian and international humanitarian organizations to meet immediate needs in response to the drought in East Africa.
The East Africa Drought Relief Fund will support experienced Canadian and international humanitarian organizations with significant in-country capacity to deliver humanitarian assistance in East Africa.
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) interested in applying for project financing should first ensure that they meet the minimum institutional eligibility requirements. For information on eligibility requirements and on how to apply for humanitarian assistance funding, please see the CIDA's Guidelines for Emergency Humanitarian Assistance Project Proposals and Reports (PDF, 426 KB, 43 pages).
Charitable organizations fundraising for the drought relief efforts in East Africa will not have privileged access to the relief fund. Allocation decisions will be based on CIDA's humanitarian assistance guidelines and the ability of Canadian and international humanitarian organizations to access the affected populations and deliver timely, effective, and appropriate humanitarian assistance.
For further information on the East Africa Drought Relief Fund, please contact CIDA's Public Inquiries Service:
Phone : 819-997-5006
Toll free: 1-800-230-6349
(Toll free for the hearing- and speech-impaired only: 1-800-331-5018)
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