Support funds

Support funds

The Swiss Refugee Council manages various funds and uses this money for specific purposes, helping refugees (asylum seekers, recognized refugees and temporarily admitted persons) in difficult circumstances, quickly and with no red tape.

Financial support is available in the following cases:

Education and training

e.g. school costs, enrolment/examination fees, school materials (including computers), translation costs, language courses.

Emergency situations and special cases

e.g. travel costs (domestic), accommodation costs, immediate medical and psychiatric treatment, special emergencies.

Project contributions

e.g. training, integration, leisure and cultural projects.

How can you apply for funds?

An application for educational support, a grant in an emergency situation or in a special case can only be made via the appropriate social service department or via a welfare organisation. Only individuals are eligible to apply. We accept direct applications for project contributions from individuals or legal entities.

Submit a request

Applications must usually reach us before the start of a training course, a project or a requested activity. We decide on the cases received four times a year:

  • Mid-March
  • Mid-June
  • Mid-September
  • Mid-December

In urgent cases, we can also decide on an application once the deadline has passed. The application form and information on the details and documents required can be found here:

The decision-making process explained

Once we have checked to make sure that the application has been completed accurately we review the content of the applications and ask for clarifications if necessary. Incomplete applications will be rejected and must be resubmitted. Applicants will receive an acceptance or rejection letter explaining our decision.

An application for Swiss Refugee Council funds can only be made if there are no other sources of funding, or if you can present us with the relevant rejection decisions. Those asking for amounts over CHF 2,500.00 will also be expected to approach other funds or institutions.

Our resources are limited. A well-reasoned application has a greater chance of being approved than one that contains insufficient reasoning. However, we may need to reject reasonable requests due to lack of financial means. Any support we provide is optional and there is no legal entitlement to access these funds.