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Grants Eligibility

We support initiatives that are innovative, respond to socioeconomic needs, show strong potential for success, and can be promoted as a model for replication or adaptation by other institutions. Such projects are seen as the starting point of a long-term process of social change and economic growth, on both an individual and a societal level.

Most of the initiatives supported by the Sawiris Foundation are funded through competitive grants. The Foundation calls on NGOs to present project concepts that comply with the SFSD eligibility criteria. Grant applications will be subject to a competitive process as follows:

SFSD Eligibility and Selection Criteria for Organizations


  • Is registered with the Ministry of Insurance and Social Affairs for not less than three years.
  • Has sufficient technical experience in management of development projects.
  • Has a sound administrative and accounting system.


Targeting – Projects are to be based on targeting the most pressing social problems (especially the problem of unemployment) in geographically isolated and economically marginal areas of Egypt. Priority is given to the projects that are associated with the creation of secured and stable employment opportunities that meet the labor market demand.

Impact – Projects that have direct and tangible returns, in terms of their contribution in raising the income level and improve the quality of life for individuals.

Projects Appraisal (Cost-Benefit Analysis) –  To ensure projects’ viability, the Foundation requires that all projects submitted by NGOs be sound, accountable and supported by field studies.

Cost-sharing – The partner NGOs  are requested to contribute to their projects’ funding. Cost sharing can take the form of either cash or in-kind contributions.

Sustainability – Project’s sustainability is of fundamental importance to ensure its ability to maintain its operations, services and benefits during its projected life time. The long-term sustainability of the achievements of the project for the target beneficiaries needs also to be clearly considered.

Projects Evaluation Process

  1. Grant-winning projects are selected  according to an evaluation system that goes through the following phases:
  2. Receipt of Concept Paper using the SFSD format.
  3. Evaluation of the Concept Paper, according to the criteria mentioned above.
  4. Notification of the best Concept Papers submitted by NGOs for providing a comprehensive proposal  supported with institutional and financial documents.
  5. Conducting field visits by the SFSD technical team to assess the institutional capacity of the selected associations.
  6. Evaluating final proposals to select projects that will be funded.
  7. The announcement of the winning projects to be funded in a “Signing Contracts’ meeting.”

Terms and Conditions

  • The project is to be implemented in a period of not less than one year, nor more than tow years.
  • The Foundation will not pay any attention to projects related solely to research and studies.
  • Applicants must send a “Concept Paper” for only one project.

NB. The Board of Trustees has the right to reject any Concept Paper without giving justification.