Al Madad Foudation : Funding Innovative Solutions within Refugee Education for Children affected by the Syria Crisis

Description :

In making this grant available, our objective is to support civil society and educational institutions in addressing problems currently facing refugee education by giving them the resources to deliver creative and innovative solutions. A broad range of initiatives will be considered, but preference will be given to applications that fall under the following themes:

  • Making education safe and accessible
  • Improving its quality
  • Building a strong system to support it

Strategic Priorities:

Three of our five Strategic Priorities are addressed by this call:

  • Bridging the educational gap for out-of-school refugee children with alternative programmes to prepare them to successfully reintegrate into mainstream school
  • Supporting the development of tailored educational settings to empower displaced and refugee children in host communities through the means of education
  • Supporting holistic approaches to wellbeing to help emancipate the most vulnerable and eliminate as many of their immediate needs as possible

The proposed project:

  • Must not be an existing project unless it is entering a new phase of development; we will consider incorporating existing costs (if applicable) during the implementation of the new project if there is a demonstrably necessary link between the two
  • Must clearly illustrate the organisation’s ability to effectively implement the project, and that it would provide value for money, constitute added value in the field and contain a clear monitoring process
  • Must not have as an aim the promotion one religion or faith
  • Must not duplicate work already in practice in the field

The following 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 are able to commit to regular contact with AMF in order to communicate progress
  • Projects that have ‘built in’ methods of obtaining service-user feedback

We are particularly interested in the following areas:

  • Social work in education, particularly non-formal education, and addressing in particular the need for funders of non-formal education (NFE) to be required to integrate a social work/support professional into projects to document issues and refer cases as needed
  • Pupil tracking – donors to NFE are being encouraged to fund pupils moving into formal education – we are interested in how pupil tracking into and within the formal education system works and the development of technology to help over-stretched administrators working in this area
  • Collaborative working in ‘real-time’ – looking into the possibility of using technology to access in much shorter time-frames the combined field results from the major organisations working towards United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (Education), in order to better adjust offerings, avoid duplication, etc.

Criteria and eligibility :

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

While the full amount allocated to this call is £250,000, more than one organisation may be selected for funding, and therefore only truly exceptional proposals are likely to be awarded the funding in its entirety.  AMF will look favourably on proposals that show real commitment to being cost-effective and demonstrate a high level of value for money.

In order 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 (e.g. an academic researcher might apply with the backing of his or her university)
  • Be able to meet our Reporting Requirements (document available at
  • 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


  • Successful concept notes will be progressed to the full application stage c. Tuesday, 3rd March 2020
  • Completed full applications to be submitted no later than midnight GMT on Wednesday, 1st April 2020
  • Successful applicants will be contacted c. Wednesday, 4th June 2020

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