Over the past two decades, Al Madad Foundation has worked to empower some of the world’s most vulnerable children by providing safe spaces to heal, learn and grow.

The Foundation has now launched its Autumn call for proposals to its Education Grants Programme, which is focused on the topic of ‘Funding Innovative Solutions within Refugee Education in the Middle East’.

Projects focused on the following areas will be favoured:

  • Projects that will be sustainable, or will have sustainable elements, beyond the period of AMF’s involvement OR projects which have a natural, defined end-point.
  • Projects in which staff can commit to regular contact with AMF in order to communicate progress.
  • Projects that have ‘built in’ methods of obtaining service-user feedback.

The Foundation is particularly interested in the following areas:

  • Direct pathways to formal education – creating exceptional opportunities for formal and alternative education, and vocational training answering specific needs and presenting realistic solutions for refugee children and youth. Education taking place in-person is preferred.
  • Social work and child protection in education – particularly non-formal education and addressing the need for funders to be required to integrate a social work/support professional into projects to document issues and refer cases to existing government or civil society support systems as needed.
  • Specialist intervention and culturally informed approaches – tailored art therapy programmes and bespoke cultural preservation projects are encouraged to help alleviate the emotional scars inflicted by what children have seen and experienced.

To be considered eligible, organisations must:

  • Be a registered charity in the country in which they are headquartered; individuals who wish to apply can only do so in conjunction with a registered organisation (eg an academic researcher might apply with the backing of their university).
  • Be able to meet the Foundation’s reporting and acknowledgement requirements.
  • Have a Child Protection Policy in place that conforms to the laws of the country in which they operate and a clear methodology that demonstrates that it is appropriately and consistently applied.

The Foundation usually offers grants between £20,000 and £250,000 and have awarded them at values of £20,000, £50,000 and £100,000.

Organisations can submit one application for any amount up to £250,000 for a defined project of up to three years’ duration.

The deadline for applications is 11pm on 5 October 2021.


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