UPDATE: on 29 May, an additional 5m DKK have been granted toward purchasing entrepreneurial machines to rebuild Ukraine. More (in Danish).
On 4 March, the Foundation pledged that it would support relief efforts connected to the war in Ukraine with at least 15m DKK. At the board meeting on 14 March, the Foundation decided to award three grants of each 5m DKK to the organisations below.
The decision means direct and immediate aid to meet actual needs on the ground.
“These are trust-based donations without demands for reporting. The money should be put to work immediately,” says Executive Director Kim Nøhr Skibsted.
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
5m DKK will contribute to scale up Médecins Sans Frontières’ medical and humanitarian response, based on where we see the greatest need and the best opportunity for our assistance to have a significant impact.
DRC Danish Refugee Council
DRC is one of the largest and most experienced international NGOs responding to multiple crisis globally, with expertise in numerous humanitarian sectors and operational modalities. Operating within Ukraine since 1998 with over 200 staff, DRC is currently scaling up its operation in Ukraine to deliver lifesaving assistance and emergency response to the many people affected by the conflict.
With 5m DKK to DRC, we are supporting key activities such as:
- Ukraine: Protection, Multi-purpose emergency cash, Food and Non-Food items, Emergency shelter, Psycho-Social Support, Legal aid, Mobile outreach, Emergency Explosive Ordnance, Risk Education, Marking of Contaminated Areas
- Neighbouring countries (Romania, Moldova, Poland): Protection, Multi-purpose emergency cash, Food and Non-Food Items, Emergency shelter, Camp Coordination and Camp Management, Host-family Support, Mobile Cross-Border Response
- Wider Europe: Protection, Food and Non-Food Items, Emergency Shelter, Legal aid, Counselling, Technical Assistance, Support to Volunteer and Diaspora Groups
- Denmark: Legal aid, Counselling, Technical Assistance, Support to Volunteer and Diaspora Groups
Danmarks Idrætsforbund (DIF)
To help refugees in in Denmark, the Foundation supports DIF’s programme get2sport with 5m DKk to ensure that refugees and their children staying in Denmark can participate in sports activities. The Foundation has asked that the opportunity is open to all refugees residing in Denmark and not only those arriving from Ukraine.
Local aid via Grundfos companies
An additional 5m DKK is made available to Grundfos companies in the neighbouring countries for local emergency relief via the Poul Due Jensen Community Engagement Grant. These funds will support local churches, associations and organisations providing assistance to the refugees from Ukraine.
The Foundation has also joined the Humanitarian Contact Forum (DA) under the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to stay updated on the situation.