Each year, the Arab Fund allocates about 5% of its net profit to grants, with the
aim of providing institutional support to member states, enhancing the efficiency
of preparation and implementation of projects, as well as conducting studies, research
and other activities related to vital development issues. In the case of grants
to be provided to countries, the grant request is submitted by the Governor of the
Arab Fund representing the country requesting the grant, while in the case of joint
Arab grants, the request is submitted by the person responsible for the national
agency that will implement the grant. Following a thorough review of the justification
for the grant by the technical staff in the Fund, the staff, depending on the amount
of the requested grant, prepare a memo, either to the Fund's Director General or to the Fund's
Board of Directors, recommending the approval of providing the grant. The grant
becomes effective after signing, by both the Arab Fund and the beneficiary's representative,
of a Letter of Understanding detailing the scope of services financed by the proceeds
of the grant, its implementation schedule and withdrawal procedure.
Additionally, within the Arab Fund's efforts to support the Palestinian people and reduce their suffering, enhance their resistance to occupation, and improve
their economic and social conditions, the Fund, as of 2001, allocates 10% of its
net annual profit to participate in the financing of the Urgent Program to support
the Palestinian people.
Objectives of Grant Operations
The Fund primarily aims, through its grants program, to assist member states in
absorbing and implementing economic and social development programs and projects,
deepening the elements of integration and interdependence between their economies,
and enhancing their capabilities in the areas of economic and social development,
including preparing studies and providing basic development-enhancing needs, along
with helping them face emergency conditions and situations, training and developing
human resources, increasing institutional capacities, and holding seminars and conferences.
The life cycle for Grants, provided by the Arab Fund, start by becoming familiar
with the project, to be financed by the grant, and the receipt, from the entity
applying for the grant, of an official application. The application letter should
be accompanied by justifications for the grant, the cost of the project to be financed
from its proceeds, and the financing plan if the amount of the requested grant does
not fully cover the cost of the project.
The technical staff in the Fund, then, proceed with the process of desk-evaluating
the grant application in preparation for preparing a memo to the Director General
of the Fund where they either recommend Providing a grant or declining the request.
If the Director General of the Arab Fund approves the principle of financing the
subject project, by providing a grant, he decides whether to approve the grant,
as part of the delegation offered to him by the Board of Directors of the Fund,
or that there is a need to present the grant application to the Board. In both cases,
the technical staff of the Fund prepares a detailed memo, once the grand request
is approved, the Arab Fund prepares a Letter of Understanding (LOU) describing the
aim of the grant, its amount, how its proceeds should be used, the manner in which
the works/ services covered in the grant will be executed and the elements, of the
project, that will be financed by the grant, in case there are other sources of
finance for the subject project.
The Arab Fund then prepares two original LOUís and obtain the signature of the Director General of the Fund on both originals, and sends them to the grant beneficiary, who signs both originals, keeps one for his records and returns the other to the Arab Fund. The grant becomes effective upon the receipt of the Arab Fund of one, of the originals of the LOU, signed by both the Arab Fund and the grant beneficiary, and the documents evidencing that the grant beneficiary fulfilled all the requirements mentioned in the LOU for its effectiveness.
Eligibility to Benefit from the Grants
The entities eligible to benefit from the grants provided by the Arab Fund include
- The Arab Fund provides grants in various areas (fields) of economic
and social development, and in the technical and administrative fields, with emphasis
on economic, financial and technical feasibility studies and general studies, and
attention to providing institutional support and establishing principles of governance
and transparency, and supporting infrastructure sectors, including the areas of
technology, digitalization, education, health, and maintaining environment, training
and capacity development, conferences and seminars.
- The Fund determines the areas in which grants are provided, based
on the needs and available resources, which include, but are not limited to:
- Feasibility Studies and General Studies: which include pre-investment
studies, such as technical and economic feasibility studies for the preparation
and processing of projects in the member states, studies of joint Arab and public
projects, and in particular studies related to surveying and detection of natural
resources and identifying the possibilities of benefiting from them and achieving
joint exploitation, along with studies related to the development of infrastructure
facilities, in accordance with the approved needs and priorities of member states.
- Institutional Support: which aims at building and developing the
technical and administrative capabilities of the concerned authorities, establishing
and developing the financial, administrative and information systems for these entities,
and benefiting from modern technologies.
- Knowledge, Training and Education: which includes the dissemination
of knowledge, the development of human resources, the development of the capabilities
of Arab cadres and the contribution to the provision of advanced programs and technologies
necessary for human development.
- Research and Studies: which include supporting research activities
and efforts and preparing economic and social studies of interest to Arab countries.
- Seminars and Conferences: which includes activities concerned with
researching and discussing issues of importance to Arab economies, or developing
joint Arab projects.
- Other Areas: which include any other areas that are consistent
with the objectives of the Fund and contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development
- Emergency Grants: The Arab Fund, based on what it decides in cases
that require it, may provide emergency grants without being limited by the financial
ceilings and the specific quotas for the provision of annual grants.
- Unless the Board of Directors agrees to, in exceptional cases,
the maximum amount of any grant is KD300 thousand (Three Hundred Thousand Kuwaiti
Dinars), and no member state should receive more than two grants in any fiscal year.
Grant Application Fulfillment Conditions
- When reviewing requests for grants, the Fund takes into consideration
the fulfillment of the following conditions:
- In the case of requests submitted by governmental agencies and
institutions of member states: the request must be submitted, or reinforced, by
the Governor of the Fund representing the concerned member state, and should reflect
the developmental priorities of that member state.
- In the case of applications submitted by local non-governmental
associations and institutions: the application must be submitted by an entity officially
licensed to practice its activity by the competent authority in the concerned member
state. In such cases, the Fund informs the Fund's Governor, representing the concerned
country, about grant(s) it decided to provide to qualified associations and institutions
in his/her country.
- In the case of applications submitted by Arab and international
organizations and bodies, and Arab non-governmental organizations: the application
must be submitted by the person who has the right to represent the concerned organization
- That the proposed grant objectives, and the activities included
in it, are consistent with the objectives of the Fund.
- That the subject of the grant falls under the main activities of
the entity that submitted the request, and that the request includes the financial
and/or in-kind contribution of that entity to the implementation of the activities
included in the proposed grant.
- That the request for the grant includes its objectives, justifications,
benefits expected to be achieved from it, its components, costs, financing plan,
and a program or timetable for implementing the project or activity proposed for
financing, showing the distribution of its estimated costs among the elements of
the project or program, the expected timetable for its implementation, the beneficiary
body, the entity implementing it, with a detailed statement of the status of each
of them, the financial statements of the beneficiary for, at least, the last three
years, with the reports of the external auditor, and any other necessary data requested
by the Fund.
- That the amount of the grant is commensurate with the capacity
of the agency implementing the grant and the purpose for which the grant will be
- That the entity that will undertake the implementation of the grant
has the necessary expertise and appropriate financial solvency.
- That the duration of implementation of the proposed project or
program should be commensurate with the nature of the entity and the requirements
for implementation, provided that the implementation period does not exceed a maximum
of three years. An additional period, not exceeding two years, could be provided,
subject to justifications acceptable to the Fund.
- Completed grant requests are evaluated in accordance with the guiding
principles, foundations, standards and controls contained in the previous paragraphs,
provided that partial and incomplete funding for projects is avoided, and it is
ascertained that providing funding will lead to the completion of a completed project,
projects or activities in a manner that achieves the intended purpose of financing
- It is not permissible to consider providing any grants to member
states that are late in fulfilling their financial obligations to the Fund in accordance
with the procedures in force by the Fund, with the exception of aid provided for
emergency or humanitarian purposes.
Grant Application Procedure
When applying for a grant, the Arab Fund requires the following documents:
- A valid license for the activity of the beneficiary.
- Incorporation documents.
- Organization structure.
- The administrative body and governance used in decision-making.
- Final audited accounts for the last three years, and the audit reports.
- The current work program and future plans.
- Local and external partners.
- Previous experiences in similar projects.
- Previous projects that the Fund contributed to their financing.
- Description of the proposed project: objectives, components, detailed budget, financing plan, target beneficiaries and expected project outcomes.
- Work program and activities of the beneficiary and its sources of financing, for each of the last three years.
The Arab Fund will not review the grant application request until all the above documents have been received.
Conditions that Must be Met Before Starting to Withdraw from the Grant:
- Effectiveness of the grant's Letter of Understanding
Convincing evidence must be submitted to the Fund showing that all the conditions
of effectiveness stipulated in the Letter of Understanding have been fulfilled.
The grant is considered effective from the date on which the Arab Fund sends a letter
to the beneficiary indicating its acceptance of the evidence presented to prove
the fulfillment of the conditions of effectiveness.
- Authorization to Withdraw
The beneficiary must send to the Arab Fund the official document evidencing the
authorization of the person or persons authorized to sign withdrawal requests with
their signature forms approved by the beneficiary, in accordance with the grant's
Letter of Understanding, using the form prepared for this (see Appendix No. (2)). In the event of multiple delegates,
the beneficiaryís representative shall indicate whether they are authorized to sign
individually or jointly.
The Fund must be provided with a signed copy of each contract, purchase order or
work order whose value is covered in whole or in part by the proceeds of the grant.
List of Goods Funded by the Grant
Withdrawals from a grant are solely intended to cover the value of the goods and
services set forth in the executive plan and the estimated budget attached to the
grant's Letter of Understanding. No amendments may be made to these annexes unless
the beneficiary sends an amendment request to the Fund, and the Fund sends its written
approval to such request.
Cases of Withdrawals from the Grant
Withdrawals from the grant can be achieved using one of the following cases:
First case: to repay amounts already paid by the Beneficiary.
Second case: to address required payments.
In exceptional cases, different withdrawal patterns may be made from the grant in
accordance with agreed-upon arrangements between the beneficiary and the Fund.
In both withdrawal cases referred to above, the beneficiary must submit a request
to the Fund to withdraw an amount from the grant using the forms designated for
each case. Appropriate supporting documents should be attached to these requests.
Numbering of the Withdrawal Requests
Every withdrawal request submitted to the Fund should be given a serial number regardless
of the case under which this request falls. It is permissible to add sub-numbers
showing the type of withdrawal status and the serial number of the request in each
Withdrawal Requests Sent by e-mail
The beneficiary can submit a withdrawal request via e-mail, to which he attaches
the supporting documents, provided that he sends, by express mail, the original
withdrawal request and the summary statement.
For more details about aid withdrawal procedures, please download the file "Aid Withdrawal Procedures and Documents" located under the
Fund's publications section.