Small Grants Program 2024 - Call for Projects

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Position, 11.01.2024

The Embassy of Switzerland in Amman, accredited to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Republic of Iraq, has the honour to inform you about the launch of its “Small Grants Program 2024” promoting human rights in Jordan and Iraq and hereby calls for projects in the thematic fields of: 

  • Democracy and governance
  • Death penalty
  • The rights of vulnerable people
  • Gender based violence 

The proposed projects must meet the following conditions and criteria: 

  • Be submitted by an organisation with adequate structures and capacities, which is officially registered in Jordan or Iraq
  • Primarily address at least one of the thematic fields mentioned above
  • Exhibit a clear and measurable objective, implementation strategy, action plan and budget
  • Readiness to provide financial or in-kind contribution of at least 20% of the total budget
  • Present a budget where administrative costs do not exceed 15% of total cost
  • Respect financial, management and legal norms
  • Duration of the projects: 
  1. Category 1: Project duration up to 6 months
  2. Category 2: Project duration 6 – 12 months

The “Small Grants Program 2024” cannot be used to finance:

  • Individuals or individual beneficiaries
  • Public and governmental institutions or organisations that are affiliated to political parties, religious institutions or the military
  • Discriminatory or anti-democratic activities
  • Commercial activities
  • Projects that solely consist of purchasing materials
  • Infrastructure or construction expenses
  • Scholarships, study tours, stipends or tuition fees
  • Missions of foreign experts

Amounts allocated normally range between 5’000 JOD and 50’000 JOD which may be maximum 80% of the total project costs (at least 20% of total project costs must be financed by the receiving organisation itself or through other sources of funding). 

Take note: Projects with a duration of up to 6 months (category 1) will receive a maximum amount of 15’000 JOD whereas projects ranging from 6 – 12 months (category 2) will receive a maximum amount of 50’000 JOD.


Project Concept Note

If you believe you have a project that corresponds to the above criteria and needs financing, please submit a project concept note until 25 January 2024. The project concept note must be maximum 1,5 pages long (no specific template), written in English and contain the following information:

  •  a context description of the issue the project wishes to address
  • the objective of the project, clearly defined and measurable
  • the beneficiaries of the project
  • key activities and deliverables
  • total budget estimate
  • the schedule of the project including deadlines
  • a contact person, with a mobile phone number and the address of the NGO

The project concept note should be sent to: with the subject “Small Grants Program 2024 – Project Concept Note”. Should your concept note be shortlisted, you will be invited to send in a detailed project application. In case of non-selection, you will be notified by mid-February 2024.

Detailed Project Application

Shortlisted applicants are requested to submit a detailed project application. The template will be provided to the applicants via email once selected. The deadline for the detailed project application is 14 February 2024. Should your application be selected, you will be informed by the end of February 2024.

A contract will then have to be signed between your NGO and the Embassy of Switzerland. Upon signature of the contract and approval of the concerned authorities if applicable, up to maximum 80% of the budget will be paid, the remainder of the budget upon completion of the project and approval of the final project report to be sent to the Embassy of Switzerland in October/November 2024 latest. NGO needing approval of concerned authorities to implement the project shall obtain the approval before end of April 2024. If the needed approval is not issued by this date, the contract will be automatically considered as void so as to allow a reallocation of the budget. Please note that the Embassy does normally not support two years in a row the same NGO in order to diversify its support to local civil societies.

We look forward to receiving your proposal!