Arab Regional Office

The application deadline for this grant has passed. Please check back in early 2015 for details on the next call for applicants.

The Arab Regional Office of the Open Society Foundations focuses its funding on the following areas:

  • Rights and Governance
  • Independent Media
  • Women’s Rights
  • Access to Knowledge

Read more about the Arab Regional Office focus areas.

Eligibility Criteria

The criteria for successful proposals are their relevance to the Arab Regional Office’s priority focal areas and their attempt to raise standards and promote new ideas in their respective fields.  

Professional organizations, universities, NGOs, and other institutions are open to apply for support. The Arab Regional Office does not accept concept notes, or grant applications from individuals.

Once a grant is approved, the office places no conditionality or “strings attached” on grantee recipients. Grantee reports are required twice annually or once a year to insure a grantees compliance with the terms of the approved proposal.


Prospective grantees should submit concept notes outlining the project (no longer than two pages long). These concept notes should be sent as attachments (.pdf, .doc, swx, .rtf) and may be submitted in Arabic, English, or French.

Each concept note should include:

  • Name of the project;
  • Name of the applicant organization;
  • Contact person and full contact information;
  • An executive summary of the project (What do you want to do and how? What is the problem your project seeks to address?);
  • Project objectives (What would the project accomplish?);
  • A draft budget (in USD);
  • Background information about the organization or individual applying.

Please note that if your proposal outline is reviewed positively, the Arab Regional Office will request a more detailed proposal. All concept notes will be reviewed within six weeks after their receipt.