Urgent Actions

An urgent action is an action which addresses immediate and unforeseeable humanitarian requirements generated by sudden natural or man-made disasters.

Urgent action includes all actions financed under the ECHO Primary Emergency and Emergency financing decisions mentioned above and it may also exist under other types of financing decisions (e.g. Worldwide decision/HIP, if foreseen in the text of the HIP or its Technical Annex), where ECHO and the partners agree that the implementation of the actions has to start immediately.

Urgent Actions and the Single Form


To know more, see also the FAQ nr, 86,

Where an urgent action is financed under a Primary Emergency or an Emergency Financing decision, the partner should in principle use the simplified Single Form.

Where the urgent Action is financed under other types of financing decisions, the partner may use either the simplified Single Form or the full Single Form. In the latter case the partner needs to include a reference to the fact the Action is urgent in Section 11 of the Single Form.

In both cases, an Article 6.3 will be included into the text of the Specific Grant Agreement.


The Duration of an Urgent Action cannot exceed six months without the possibility of asking for an extension.

ECHO contribution

The urgency of the action is one of the circumstances for which ECHO may agree to finance 100% of the costs of the action.

Procurement under Urgent Action

In order to know more about specific rules applicable in case of urgent action, please see also the dedicated section

References & useful links