ALIPH is accepting applications for Call for Projects to support a wide variety of projects to protect heritage that is endangered, under threat or which has suffered from negligence brought about by conflict.
To be considered for selection, projects need to fulfil certain criteria, in particular the relevance, effectiveness and sustainability of the solutions being proposed, their scientific quality and their contribution to local development.
- Based in Geneva, ALIPH is a non-profit foundation with the status of an international organization. A unique global initiative gathering public and private funders, ALIPH offers support to projects that protect and rehabilitate cultural heritage threatened or damaged by conflict.
- ALIPH prioritizes projects that:
- Institutions in charge of the protection, conservation, and promotion of cultural heritage International, intergovernmental, and national institutions Private and public organizations (foundations, NGO, non-profit, charity, associations, etc.)
- The applicants must demonstrate that their Institution has:
- Previous experience in heritage protection (including management of projects of comparable size);
- Financial stability;
- Relevant expertise;
- Capacity to deliver the project;
- Local partnerships.
Note: ALIPH welcomes projects led by local operators.
- Conservation and stabilization of sites and collections;
- Purchase of equipment and material for conservation;
- Professional and expert fees for conservation;
- Wages and stipend for implementation personnel;
- Field missions;
- Security and risk mitigation;
- Activities related to education, learning, advocacy, and local community engagement;
- Communication about the project;
- Dissemination of knowledge, publication of documents;
- On-the-job training;
- Research designed in support of project implementation or to provide actionable data.
- Institutions in charge of the protection, conservation and promotion of cultural heritage
- International, intergovernmental, and national institutions
- Private organizations (foundation, NGO, non-profit, charity, associations, etc.)
- ALIPH aims at providing a prompt answer to your application. To reach this objective, you must ensure that you include all necessary and accurate information to enable an informed decision. Anything that can help us understand the situation and the feasibility of the project will be extremely helpful. The main criteria listed must be shortly be demonstrated.
- Urgency: They must understand why it is urgent to act. In your application, explain why the intervention must happen quickly. Pictures of the damages can be of great value to demonstrate the urgency.
- Capacity to implement: You must demonstrate that you have the capacity to implement the project promptly and that you have a clear understanding of the local situation.
- Suitability / feasibility: The solution you propose to protect heritage must be based on solid considerations. Your project should take into consideration technical and scientific aspects. A precise budget is mandatory.
To ensure the eligibility of your project, it should meet the following overarching criteria: relevance, quality, feasibility & sustainability.
- Level of threat or level of damages: Applicants must demonstrate that the heritage is threatened or damaged due to conflict. The nature of this conflict should be clearly described. For actual damages, applicants are asked to submit photographic documentation. For imminent threats, applicants are asked to submit a description of the situation, press articles or a local statement to illustrate the situation and conditions on the ground.
- Compliance with the needs on the ground: Applicants must demonstrate that their projects will provide a suitable and sustainable solution to the needs identified on the ground by local people and local institutions.
- Relevance to local population and governing institutions: Projects must comply with the wishes of local populations and/or institutions. ALIPH requires project leaders to inform local authorities and stakeholders about their project. Appropriate authorizations must be provided in the grant application.
- Complementarity with other initiatives: Projects cannot duplicate existing initiatives. If similar projects already exist or are in development, applicants must demonstrate that the proposed project is complementary to these initiatives.
- Scientific rationale: Project must be driven by rigorous and up-to-date scientific methodology and rely on credible evidence.
- Technical appraisal: The proposed solution must be built on expert assessment.
- Budgetary realism: Projects must demonstrate cost-efficiency. For work carried out by third parties or contractors ALIPH requires quotes. ALIPH may request reference price lists and procurement policies to ensure realism and cost-efficiency of the budget. The salaries of local staff should be in line with equivalent local positions. Sub-contracting for amounts in excess of 10,000 USD should be based on bidding between a minimum of two suppliers, to ensure the best value for the money.
- Sustainable outcomes: Projects should generate long-term results and contribute to peacebuilding, reconciliation, social cohesion, resilience, and sustainable development.
- Feasibility & sustainability:
- Financial capacity: Applicant’s organization must have the financial capacity to lead and implement the project. It must have financial provision to complete the project before reception of the final payment, which will be retained until the work has been completed and ALIPH approves the final report. Exceptions from this policy can be made only in extreme situations.
- Financial sustainability: Project should be financially sustainable, and the long-term results should not rely on further funding from ALIPH. If funds are needed for the long-term support of the outcomes, the proposal should outline options for future funding.
- Understanding of local reality: Projects must be based on realistic knowledge of the situation on the ground including knowledge of security issues. Applicants must be based in the country/region of the project or be able to rely on a strong partnership with local experts and institutions.
- Realism: Applicants must be aware of risks and must propose appropriate mitigation measures.
- Local buy-in: The project should be supported by local people and institutions.
- Involvement of local actors and/or communities: The local actors and/or communities should take part in the project whenever possible.
For more information, visit https://www.aliph-foundation.org/en/our-grants