What are the current grant making priorities of the Foundation?

The Saïd Foundation has a long term commitment to supporting the needs of children and young people with disabilities in Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan, and the needs of those communities and local organisations that help to provide them with opportunities for learning and for high quality care.

The current crisis affecting the people of Syria is causing immense suffering for children and families living as refugees or as internally displaced within Syria. The Trustees of the Saïd Foundation have decided to make the provision of help for Syrian children in Jordan and Lebanon, and the host communities that support them, the top priority of our grant making Child Development Programme for the foreseeable future.

The Foundation welcomes contact with local organisations that share its objectives. We regret that we are unable to consider grants for projects with wider objectives at the present time. Trustees regularly review the Foundation's priorities.

Who can apply for a grant?

The Foundation implements its Syria Programme through partnerships with local organisations in its target countries or international organisations working directly with its target groups. You can apply for a grant if you are:

  • a non-governmental organisation (including universities, unions, training centres) in Lebanon or Jordan; or
  • a British (or exceptionally other international) development organisation implementing projects in these countries or channeling support to local organisations. (Please note that the Foundation prioritises direct partnership whenever possible with local organisations in its target countries).

Your organisation must:

  • be registered and have existed for at least two years;
  • enjoy local and/or international respect;
  • have proven experience and expertise in the project field and country;
  • have the capacity to run realistic, manageable and sustainable projects;
  • have clear procedures for planning, follow up, accounting, reporting and management;
  • work with all children without religious, national or political basis;
  • show innovative and cost-effective ways to tackle problems;
  • directly involve the local community and/or target group in the project.

The Foundation is particularly keen on supporting organisations that share their work with or train others.

Which projects does the Foundation support?

The Foundation supports projects in disability and education that target children (aged 0-18). Organisations applying for funding must show a clear funding need for their project which is not being met by other organisations.To make sure that its donations are as effective as possible, the Foundation gives preference to projects that:

  • benefit as large a group of beneficiaries as possible;
  • support the most disadvantaged groups in society;
  • aim to achieve better coordination and collaboration between organisations.

The Foundation will very occasionally break some of its rules to support projects which work on problems that are not addressed by other organisations or which are innovative in nature.

Which areas in Disability does the Foundation support?

The Foundation prioritises work that helps to improve services for disabled children and young people in the following areas:

  • prevention of disability;
  • early intervention;
  • community based rehabilitation;
  • education, including the mainstreaming of disabled children;
  • access and inclusion;
  • vocational training;
  • training of disability professionals;
  • publication of practical resources such as guidebooks.

It is particularly interested in organisations that are run by disabled people or their families, and in projects that raise awareness of and lobby for the rights of disabled people in practical ways and in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Which areas in Education does the Foundation support?

The Foundation prioritises educational projects that help children develop and fulfil their aspirations.  It concentrates on:

  • vocational training for disadvantaged young people aged 16-18;
  • projects which support or complement the existing formal education system;
  • training of teachers and other education professionals working with children;
  • production of new educational resources.

How much is the grant for?

The Foundation normally makes grants between £1,000 and £15,000 per project per year for a total period of one to three years.  In exceptional circumstances the Foundation considers grant applications for greater amounts. If the costs of a project are higher than the maximum amount the Foundation donates, the Foundation can provide partial funding provided that:

  • the organisation can demonstrate that matching funding is or is very likely to be available; and
  • the Foundation’s donation is a substantial part of the project cost; or
  • the Foundation’s donation is used for a clearly defined part of the project.

What can the grant be spent on?

The Foundation normally funds clearly defined, specific projects. It can provide funds for running costs (such as salaries or training programme costs) or for capital costs and equipment (such as computers and books).

When can we apply?

Organisations that require funding and fall within the funding criteria set out above can apply to the Foundation at any time in the year. It can however take up to six months to assess an application (or longer if a field visit is needed to assess the organisation and the project). A grant application should therefore be made at least six months before the grant is needed.

Are there other conditions we need to be aware of?

The Foundation also requires organisations to achieve one or more of the following objectives by the end of the project:

  • to achieve the project’s objectives during its life time; or
  • to include a clear multiplier mechanism in the project (for example, a pilot project that will be copied elsewhere; training or the development of resources that can be used by others);
  • to ensure the project’s financial sustainability after the Foundation’s support ends (for example, through an income generation component or an endowment); or
  • to develop their local or international fundraising capacities to ensure the continuation of the project.

What type of projects the Foundation DOES NOT support?

The Foundation does not provide funding for:

  • general fundraising appeals or sponsorship events;
  • investments, loans or debts;
  • projects focused on a particular ethnic group, nationality or religion;
  • projects which have already taken place;
  • individuals (other than through its separate Further Education Programme);
  • vehicle purchase or construction projects, unless they are demonstrably essential;
  • projects which have already been rejected by the Foundation;
  • residential institutes for orphans;
  • conferences;
  • any political, industrial or commercial appeal, as the Foundation is permitted to fund only activities which are charitable;
  • projects addressing problems already sufficiently covered by other organisations.

What is the application procedure?

If your organisation is interested in partnering with the Saïd Foundation, we advise you to do the Quick Eligibility Check . If the initial check shows that your organisation/project is eligible then please read through our FAQ page for more detailed information on eligibility and funding criteria before you consider submitting an application for funding.

What happens if the application is successful?

Successful applicants will be sent a draft agreement stipulating the exact purpose and time frame of the Foundation’s donation, reporting requirements and other conditions.  Once the agreement has been finalised and signed, the Foundation will transfer the first donation to the organisation’s bank account or send a cheque if the organisation is based in Britain.  Payments can be made in pounds sterling, US dollars or Euros.

The Foundation usually asks partner organisations to suggest a way in which it will credit it for its donation.  Examples include using the Foundation’s logo on project publications or displaying a thank you poster made by beneficiaries at the organisation.

Organisations that are not successful in their application will be sent a letter to tell them so.  The Foundation will not reconsider the same project but organisations are welcome to apply for other projects.

If the application is unsuccessful, can we apply again?

The Foundation will not reconsider the same project but organisations are welcome to apply for other projects.

How does the Foundation monitor partner projects?

The Foundation tries to develop close relations with its partner organisations.  This enables it to learn about the local situation and clearly see the results of its support.  It sometimes also enables it to identify and help solve problems as and when they occur.  Monitoring projects ensures that the Foundation’s funding is used effectively and for its intended purpose and helps the Foundation develop its funding policies and criteria.  The Foundation monitors projects in three ways: Periodic and Annual reports; Accounts; Project visits.  The Foundation reserves the right to ask third parties to assist with its evaluation of partner-led projects.

What happens if the project doesn’t spend the entire grant?

Any funds unused at the end of a project must be repaid to the Foundation unless a formal request to use the unspent funds for other purposes is approved by the Foundation.  Grants must be repaid in full if there is a breach of the partner agreement, if the partner organisation or project ceases to exist before funds have been spent, if duplicate funding has been received, if the organisation is found to have been dishonest in its application or reports, or if the organisation brings the Saïd Foundation or its Trustees into disrepute.

Can an organisation apply for another grant before the project ends?

The Foundation can only provide support for one project at a time to each partner.  Organisations which have been given a one or two year grant may apply for an extension to the project or for funding for another project but the Foundation will not be able to consider it before the end of the project and receipt of satisfactory reports and evaluation. The Foundation only very rarely supports organisations for longer than three consecutive years.  

If your question could not be answered by any of the preceding information, please contact us

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