The Respond & Adapt Programme (RAP) offers a package of flexible support to refugee, asylum and migration focused organisations

RAP overview

Grant funding

We distributed unrestricted grants of between £10,000 to £45,000 to 130 organisations to support their response to Covid-19. Applications are now closed.

Grants plus support

We offer a range of additional support and capacity building opportunities tailored to the needs of RAP organisations.

Information and Data Hub

We collect and share data from across the migration sector on key issues. We then bring them together to share findings in the Data Hub.

Programme overview

The Respond and Adapt Programme (RAP) was established by Migration Exchange, NACCOM and Refugee Action in April 2020. It aims to support 130 organisations in the UK migration sector across to cope with the impact of the Covid-19 crisis.


A total of £2,137,000 has been granted to 130 organisations across the UK. Grants are for 12 months and range from £10,000 to £45,000 towards meeting immediate needs and adapting services to Covid-19.

More about the grantees

Strategic projects

As part of RAP we have also provided various grants for strategic projects to benefit the wider sector, including:

Migration and the far right:

A project with Hope Not Hate to help equip the migration and refugee sector to better understand the extent and nature of the threat posed by the far right and to support them to apply these insights.

Challenging institutional accommodation:

A project with Asylum Matters to coordinate and drive forward advocacy related to challenging the use of institutional accommodation for people seeking asylum.

Access to vaccinations:

A project with Doctors of the World which is working with excluded populations and the health sector to influence the UK’s vaccination programme and ensure equal access to Covid-19 vaccines.


The programme is generously supported by ten contributing funders: AB Charitable Trust, Barrow Cadbury Trust, Comic Relief, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Lloyds Bank Foundation, Migration Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Rayne Foundation, and The Blue Thread.

Get in touch

If you have a question about the Respond & Adapt programme or would like to know more, please email Helen at Refugee Action. We aim to reply within one week.

Email Helen


'I have got so much from the wellbeing sessions. I've already organised a meeting to discuss our individual support and care needs within the organisation, and am confident that that will help to support us all better.'
'We are stronger now and more focused in our governance and service model. With RAP's support, things are taking shape and hopefully, the Trustees will be in a better position to take up responsibilities virtually and even on a face-to-face level.'
'I find the training and development opportunities you are providing through RAP are so pertinent and the solidarity from others in the sessions really inspiring.'