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We at the Arab Human Rights Fund strive to ensure that our programs emerge from and serve the region’s human rights needs. We do this by working closely with our partners in the region’s human rights community.

The Fund encourages grant applications for projects that:
– Have a sound rationale
– Promote social change and defend the rights of marginalized communities
– Have the potential to be carried to work in other countries, for other constituencies, or on other human rights issues
– Have the capacity to be implemented in partnership with one or more organizations in the Arab region
– Have the potential to contribute to the strategic and effective strengthening and enjoyment of human rights in the region as a whole.

The Fund particularly welcomes groups that for reasons of capacity of otherwise have difficulty securing funding from sources outside the region.

Application and Selection Process

The Arab Human Rights Fund accepts letters of inquiry on a rolling basis throughout the year. The letters of inquiry are designed to enable staff to determine the applicant’s and project’s eligibility for AHRF funding. Applicants are promptly notified regarding the outcome of the review, and strong applicants are invited by the Fund to submit a full application. (See How to Apply [link].)

The Fund makes grants up to $60,000 per grant, per year. The Fund also makes multi-year grants for up to three years. The following installments shall be processed upon expenditure of 60% of the first installment and after submission of interim narrative and financial reports explaining this expenditure and the progress in the project action plan. These reports will be reviewed and approved by AHRF team before the transfer of the next installment.
The Fund’s Grants Program team works closely with applicants and grantees to develop the full grant application and provide them the needed technical assistance. This work aims to ensure that the proposed work is a strategic and effective use of resources and serves the project goals. After careful review of project proposals and budgets, and thorough due diligence, staff prepare and present recommendations to the Board of Directors to get their approval. Thereafter a Grant agreement will be signed by AHRF and the grantee and the first installment will be transferred accordingly.

Decisions on AHRF grants are made by the Board’s Grantmaking Committee. . Applicants are informed of the funding decision shortly thereafter.

Grantees are required to submit narrative and financial reports on their projects: an interim progress report and a final report as it set in the grant agreement.