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Germany: Financial support for non-profit organisations in the reconstruction process

In mid-July, large parts of Germany were hit by a devastating flood disaster. After first emergency relief measures, arche noVa now provides long-term support for affected people in the reconstruction process. The focus lies on non-profit institutions that urgently need help due to funding gaps. With our flood relief, we offer professional advice, financial support and enable community life to have a sustainable perspective.
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Extreme rainfall and subsequent flooding devastated whole swathes of land in Germany in July 2021. At least 180 people lost their lives in the floods, many lost all their belongings. Considerable damage to public and private infrastructure was left behind. The federal states of Nordrhein-Westfalen and Rheinland-Pfalz were particularly affected, but also 6 out of 10 districts in Saxony were affected. The extent of the damage shows: Even after the initial emergency relief measures and clean-up work have been completed, it will take a long time before normality returns.

Funding gaps threaten non-profit institutions

Non-profit institutions in particular have been hit hard by the disaster. It is true that the federal states are providing funding for the repair of damage and extensive financial resources for reconstruction. However, the state funds do not fully cover the costs of damage repair and reconstruction. There is often a risk of funding gaps, as many non-profit organisations are unable to raise the required share of their own funds - which in turn means that government funding is not possible. This is fatal for community life in the affected areas, as associations are central to helping people affected and traumatised by the disaster find their way back to normality.


arche noVa has therefore set itself the goal of financially supporting non-profit institutions in the reconstruction process through monetary donations received. Recipients include, for example, institutions for the care of the elderly and disabled, kindergartens, youth clubs, cultural institutions, educational institutions or sports clubs. When all other options have been exhausted, arche noVa steps in. The aim of the reconstruction aid is to enable the affected institutions to resume their work and tasks to the full extent and in the usual quality.

Safe into the future through disaster risk reduction

In order to minimise or, in the best case, avoid damage caused by another flood or other natural disaster in the future, we support the affected institutions not only in reconstruction but also in disaster risk reduction. As difficult as it may be to think about the next disaster in the face of acute need – foresight is important. This has become particularly evident in Saxony after the devastating Elbe floods in 2013. Within the framework of the relief project at that time, arche noVa therefore developed a manual for disaster management in non-profit institutions after the flood. Together with our consultancy, this serves as a tool to develop own preparedness and emergency plans and enables affected people to better protect themselves against future flood events, to save lives and to prevent damage to infrastructure.

Direct and sustainable aid

Affected institutions can download the application form and a tip sheet under the following link. The completed form and, if necessary, further required documents can be sent to arche noVa by post or by email to hochwasserhilfe [at] arche-nova.org. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our project manager for flood relief, Ms Anke Bartz: 0351 271 832 36


Project Overview

  • Securing co-payments to reconstruction projects of non-profit organisations
  • Transfer of knowledge on disaster risk reduction
Target Group
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Advice on applications to the authorities
  • Financial support for funding gaps
  • Advisory services in the field of disaster risk management

Aktion Deutschland Hilft, private donors

Anke Bartz
Project Management Flood Relief Germany
+49 351 271832-36
anke.bartz [at] arche-nova.org