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Creating Direct Pathways to Formal Education

Opens: 8 September 2022

Closes: 4 October 2022

Organisations can submit one application for any amount up to £100,000 for a defined project of up to three years’ duration

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Information for Applicants

Our objective is to support civil society institutions and schools in delivering creative and innovative solutions to specific problems facing refugee and displaced children and youths in the Middle East and Europe, and find approaches to make education safe, accessible, and resilient in emergencies.  We aspire to identify and correct gaps in existing educational and protection systems that are failing to offer sustainable solutions to refugee children and youths and their families.

For this call, all projects must specifically address innovative solutions to accessing formal education as well as employment-focused vocational training, answering specific needs and presenting realistic solutions for refugee and displaced children and youths.  

We define our terms as follows:
Innovation Proposals should represent solutions to persistent problems that prevent children from accessing learning

Access All projects will need to clearly show that beneficiaries will be easily able to access the offering and that any challenges (transportation, safety, etc.) have been overcome; the focus must be on the child/young person (not teacher training, for example) and they must directly benefit from the proposed action

Formal Education All projects will need to offer the highest quality education services, either within a recognised educational environment or with an aim to transitioning students into one; there does not necessarily need to be a connection to state or private schools, but the intervention must be organised in such a way that the teaching the children receive is of the highest level and is transferrable to whatever school/college/institution to which the children progress 

Preference will be given to:

  • Projects that establish/refurbish/equip in-person schools

  • Projects that take place in-person where possible, rather than through remote learning solutions

  • Projects that are sustainable, or have sustainable elements, beyond the period of AMF’s involvement or 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

It is essential that the proposed project:

  • Shows clear innovation and it therefore cannot be an existing project unless it is entering a markedly new phase of development; AMF will consider incorporating existing costs (if applicable) during the implementation of the new project if there is a demonstrably necessary link between the two

  • Proposes AMF as the exclusive donor of the project (AMF should be the sole donor of the new project or “innovation”, however, it is understood that if the innovation is an addition to an existing project the latter may require involvement from other donors) 

  • Clearly illustrates 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

  • Does not have as an aim the promotion one religion or faith

  • Does not duplicate work already in practice in the field

  • Targets children or youths; AMF will consider projects for “youths” (defined by the UN as 15-24), however, our focus is on “children” (defined by the UN as aged under 18) so we would expect a significant proportion of any project targeting youths to include the 15-18 age-group


In order to be considered eligible, organisations must have:

  • Registered charity status 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 their university)

  • The capacity to meet our reporting requirements which will ultimately be decided between AMF and the grant recipient after a thorough review of the Full Application Form

  • Policies in place to ensure that the Child Protection laws of the country in which they operate are obeyed and a clear methodology that demonstrates that it is appropriately and consistently applied

Organisations can submit one application for any amount up to £100,000 for a defined project of up to three years’ duration. While the full amount allocated to this call is £100,000, more than one organisation may be selected for funding, and 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.

How to apply:

Submit a Concept Note on our website select 'Grants' in the main menu then 'Grant Application: Concept Note' before the deadline of 11pm BST Tuesday 4th of October 2022.

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by the second week of October 2022 when they will be asked to submit a Full Application Form.

Successful applications will be selected based on their creativity and ability to add value to the efforts of Al Madad Foundation in providing the best possible foundation from which refugee and displaced children can begin to rebuild their futures.

Kindly note that meeting all eligibility criteria does not automatically determine the success of an application; unfortunately, we expect to receive many more submissions than we are able to fund.

We acknowledge all applications within 48 hours of receipt Mon-Fri (and on Monday morning if received Friday). For those applications sent 48 hours before the deadline, these will be acknowledged by 9am the working day after the deadline. If you have not received an acknowledgement of your application having been received, please chase us immediately after these time periods have elapsed. We will not be able to accept any late applications which were not chased in this way and can be proven to have originally been sent before the deadline (through an email log check).

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