ASFARI Foundation Performance Excellence Grants in 2024

ASFARI Foundation Performance Excellence Grants in 2024

Following a strategic review, the ASFARI Foundation Grants is refining its grantmaking model for 2024. The updated model aims to build on the existing strengths of the foundation’s grantmaking while adding a new level of depth and specificity to maximize the impact of the grant funding.

Objectives of ASFARI Foundation’s Grants Programs

The primary objectives of the ASFARI Foundation’s grants programs are:

  • Strengthen the capacity and resilience of organizations operating in and for the Levant.
  • Foster transparency, accountability, and good governance within recipient organizations.
  • Promote sustainable development and economic empowerment within Levantine communities.
  • Drive innovation and evidence-based solutions for regional challenges.
  • Collaborate with external partners to amplify the impact of philanthropic efforts.

To achieve these objectives, the foundation will be piloting a series of different grant types that provide tailored support to organizations in delivering their mission and strategy. The first grant type to launch is the ‘Performance Excellence Grants’.

Performance Excellence Grants: What Are They?

Performance Excellence Grants are designed to help applicants strengthen a specific function within their organization. These grants provide financial support of £7,000 in addition to technical support provided by experts in the respective functions.

The grant period is up to 12 months, and organizations must choose to focus on one of the following functions:

  • Strengthening governance structure
  • Strengthening human resources management, staff development, and wellbeing
  • Strengthening financial management
  • Strengthening program development and management practices
  • Strengthening fundraising and sustainability efforts
  • Strengthening research and advocacy management and impact
  • Strengthening communication and digital infrastructure
  • Strengthening monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning practices
  • Strengthening innovation and exploration of alternative solutions

Performance Excellence Grants: Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for Performance Excellence Grants, applicant organizations must:

  • Be officially registered.
  • Be one of the following: a not-for-profit, a social enterprise, or a company with a defined social mission (and investing at least 50% of profit back into the company).
  • Focus on the Levant region (Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Syria) and Levantine communities.
  • Work in at least one of the following thematic areas: developing independent high-quality media, strengthening governance, promoting active citizenship, innovation, promoting sustainable development and economic empowerment.
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