CERF funds are requested by the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) either for a new emergency (via the Rapid Response Fund) or to supplement fundraising efforts in a protracted crisis (via the Under-Funded Window). The HCT will propose both the amount requested as well as how the funds would be allocated between UN Cluster Lead Agencies in country.
The request for CERF funds goes to the CERF Secretariat in New York and the responsibility for final allocation approvals sits with the ERC.
Once the funds are approved (and it might be less than what was requested) the receiving UN agency headquarters sign agreements with the CERF Secretariat. The funds are then transferred to the recipient UN agency at the country level. In-country Cluster Lead Agencies will utilize the funds in accordance with Cluster Response Plans and in-line with the Country Strategy.
NGOs should know about CERF allocations via participation in the Humanitarian Country Team as well as through participation in the Clusters.