Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Refugee Education Fund announces Call for Proposals

Deadline: 19 March 2019

The Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Refugee Education Fund is seeking proposals for programs that explore and identify new solutions to long-standing challenges in refugee education that can improve impact at scale.

The Fund will support high impact education programs at the secondary, vocational and tertiary levels of education for refugee youth in Jordan and/or Lebanon.

In its second round, the Fund prioritizes “Innovations in Refugee Education” in an effort to explore and identify new solutions to long-standing challenges in refugee education that can improve impact at scale. Although the previous round also focused on identifying innovative approaches in the design and delivery of programs, in this round, the innovative element will be expected to be clearly defined and will as a result be evaluated separately.


The Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Refugee Education Fund aims to equip young refugees with a pathway to sustainable livelihoods. To that end, organizations that submit proposals to the Fund are strongly encouraged to demonstrate how their proposed program contributes to one or more of the below objectives. Organizations must also demonstrate how their proposed approach maximizes outreach, efficiency, resources, etc. It could cover either one or multiple components of any one education stream based on sound experience.

  • Education Stream 1: Secondary Education
    • Support secondary school refugee students (Grades 8 – 12) in staying in and completing formal school through access to remedial programs, counseling and language support
    • Support drop-out refugee students in returning to school through accelerated learning programs, enabling them to reintegrate into formal education or to access alternative education through innovative approaches that are recognized by local government.
  • Education Stream 2: Vocational Training / Education
    • Support refugee youth in accessing and completing certified vocational technical training programs, certificates or diplomas in specializations that are identified as offering opportunities for employment and improved livelihoods in the host country labour market.
    • Followed by internships or apprenticeships or employment (could also be virtual employment) or an entrepreneurship startup track with clear support and guidance.
    • Support students in developing soft skills, employability/career readiness skills, and language skills through innovative platforms.
  • Education Stream 3: Tertiary Education
    • Provide refugee youth support in accessing tertiary technical degrees or diplomas (including online or blended programs) that lead to opportunities for immediate employment and sustainable livelihoods. Priority will be given to low cost technical degrees that are coupled with counselling for the students and followed by internship / apprenticeships and / or employment or an entrepreneurship startup track with clear support and guidance.
    • Support students in developing soft skills, employability/career readiness skills, and language skills through innovative platforms.

Eligibility Criteria

Applying organizations must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Have experience in at least one sound successful program with refugees (Syrian and/or Palestinian) that meet the Fund’s specific objective(s) in either Lebanon or Jordan, or both.
  • Able to demonstrate proof of concept, that the program or pilot has had significant impact and has potential to be scaled to benefit larger number of refugee youth in Jordan and/or Lebanon.
  • Be a non-profit organization, including educational institutions. The Fund will consider forprofit companies on an exceptional basis and with clear rationale.
  • Be a registered organization in either Jordan and /or Lebanon where the activities would take place or have programs or partners based in either Lebanon and/or Jordan.
  • Not be affiliated with a political party or have political objectives; this applies to applicants and proposed partners (if any).
  • Direct project costs are allowable – the fund will cover up to 7% of administrative costs as long as they are related to the project and are supported with strong justification.
  • The fund will not cover infrastructure or building costs or building maintenance.
  • The fund will consider technology costs that are directly linked to the project; which could include systems, software, equipment, hosting, connectivity, etc, if strong justification is provided that demonstrates they are directly linked to the implementation and resulting n the success of the project.
  • Approval/ recognition from relevant local government authorities to implement the proposed project.
  • Applicants’ internal procedures and policies enable it to follow the Fund’s reporting requirements (financial and technical).

How to Apply

Organizations invited to submit a full proposal to the Foundation by email to the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit http://www.alghurairfoundation.org/en/content/abdul-aziz-al-ghurair-refugee-education-fund-call-proposals-0

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