Freedom of Association Fund - Middle East and North Africa Region



ICNL is pleased to announce a Freedom of Association Fund for the Middle East and North Africa region to support innovative, results-oriented activities designed to promote the right to association or civil society law reform in the region.

The Fund will provide grants to support domestic efforts to create a more enabling environment for civil society. Grants will be in the amount of $5,000 - $10,000. Please contact Lana Marouf via email at or by telephone at +962 6 554 8158 should you have any questions.

ICNL is an international not-for-profit organization that promotes an enabling legal environment for civil society, freedom of association, and public participation around the world. ICNL has provided technical and research assistance to support the reform of laws affecting civil society organizations in over 100 countries. We draw upon a worldwide network of partners and experts to produce innovative research and analysis on legal topics affecting civil society. To learn more about ICNL’s programs in the Arab world, visit our Middle East and North Africa portal.

The Freedom of Association Fund for the Middle East and North Africa is supported by USAID through a sub-award from the Freedom House Democracy Fund Global Human Rights Program.

Application Instructions

To apply for a grant, applicants must submit the following items in English or Arabic:

  • Application coversheet;
  • Resume, curriculum vitae (CV), or other statement of work history and education (no more than 3 pages); and
  • Proposal (no more than three pages).

Content of Proposal

In three pages or less, please describe your proposal for improving the legal environment for civil society with the support of the Freedom of Association Fund for the Middle East and North Africa. Please address the following topics:

  • Your experience on issues relating to the legal framework for civil society;
  • The country or countries covered by your proposed activity;
  • The proposed activity plan and timeline, recognizing that grant activities must be completed no later than  June 30, 2013;
  • The legal reform challenge or opportunity that your proposed activity seeks to address;
  • How the proposed activity plan will advance the legal environment for civil society;
  • Specific goals and how you will measure results; and
  • The plan to sustain reform efforts beyond Freedom of Association Fund grant support.

Please also attach a line-item budget (which does not count toward the 3-page limit for the proposal).

Eligibility Requirements

The Small Grants Program is open to individuals and local organizations residing and working in any of the twenty-two countries of the League of Arab States. 

Selection Criteria

Applications will be evaluated based on the following factors:

  • Compliance with eligibility requirements and application procedures;
  • Demonstrated commitment of applicant to promoting the right to associate or civil society law reform (e.g., through past or present experience as a lawyer, academic, government official, or civil society organization leader working on these issues);
  • Quality of proposed project, including the significance of the issue, the innovativeness of the proposal, the proposed methodology/design, feasibility of the project (e.g., activities are targeted to achieve stated results, and anticipated results are realistic and attainable);
  • Likelihood that the proposed project will advance the freedom of association or civil society law reform in the Middle East/North Africa region or a specific country within the region;
  • Proposed budget and apparent value for cost; and
  • Proposal includes reasonable indicators to measure project success.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply by completing the application coversheet and submitting it, along with all required documents, to Lana Marouf by one of the following methods:

Terms of Reference

All grant recipients will be required to submit progress reports during the grant period and a final report on the use of funds, activities conducted, and outcomes of their projects prior to receiving their final grant disbursements. All project activities must be complete no later than June 30, 2013.


Applications will be considered on a rolling basis through December 31, 2012 or until all grant funds are awarded.