The Second Round of the HOPES-LEB Call for Proposals to support Training and Capacity building projects

Funded by the European Union in Lebanon

The project HOPES-LEB (Higher and Further Education Opportunities and Perspectives for Syrians and vulnerable youth in Lebanon), funded by the European Union through the EU Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian Crisis, the ‘EU Madad Fund’, and implemented by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Campus France and Nuffic, is pleased to announce the opening of the second round of the HOPES-LEB Call for Proposals to support short-term training and capacity building projects implemented by local institutions and organisations registered in Lebanon.

HOPES-LEB aims at improving livelihood prospects through higher education opportunities for vulnerable Lebanese youth and refugees from Syria, increasing their chances for a better future. The project follows a comprehensive approach covering the entire educational pathway for higher and further education, from preparation for and completion of higher and further education to access to the labour market through the provision of academic scholarships, and counselling, funding for innovative short-term education projects implemented by local institutions, stakeholder coordination and the development of a unified regional alumni network together with other higher education projects in the region. 

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Funding for Training and Capacity Building

Through the second round of the HOPES-LEB Call for Proposals, the HOPES-LEB project invites organisations and institutions registered in Lebanon to submit tailor-made project proposals that address the specific needs of vulnerable Lebanese youth and refugees from Syria and alleviate bottlenecks related to access to and completion of higher and further education and labour market integration.

Through the Funding for Training and Capacity Building, a total of €1,080,000 is available to support projects in Lebanon, which allows for at least 18 projects in total

During the first round of the Call for Proposals, nine projects were selected for funding and started implementation.

The second round of the Call for Proposals aims to support at least nine additional projects ranging from €10,000 to €60,000.

Discover the projects

The type of projects envisioned for the selection are expected to focus on institutional capacity building rather than on the development of individual skills of the target group and address one or more of the priority areas of the educational pathway as described below to provide better services for vulnerable Lebanese youth and refugees from Syria.

This includes facilitating the transition from secondary to higher and further education, limiting the risk of drop-out for students enrolled in higher and further education, and facilitating the transition from higher and further education to the labour market.

Beneficiaries are defined as follows:

  • Direct beneficiaries: individuals that are the first-hand targets of the interventions and activities of a project;
  • Indirect beneficiaries: individuals which have no direct link with the activities but could potentially benefit from them via the direct beneficiaries and the sustainability of projects’ results, mainly achieved through capacity building measures.

As part of the assessment criteria for the Call for Proposals, all proposals should demonstrate how institutional capacity building will be embedded in the projects in addition to ensuring coverage of one or more priority areas of the educational pathway.

Proposals are requested to address the direct needs of organisations and higher and further education institutions with the aim of enacting and promoting sustainable change. Requesting organisations can focus on several institutional capacity building themes to become more effective in targeting the specific needs of the target population. 

In line with the three priority areas identified by HOPES-LEB, applicants are strongly encouraged to focus on one or more of the below themes while ensuring that direct beneficiaries will benefit from the chosen theme(s). These themes have been identified based on the findings of the HOPES-LEB Call for Proposals Stakeholders Survey in addition to insights gathered through discussions with different stakeholders in the education and livelihood sectors:

  • Developing an orientation tool for students in secondary education to choose the right study programme based on their interests and personal competencies and disseminating them across and within organisations/ institutions
  • Developing innovative solutions for  e-counselling centres with adequate resources to enhance students’ recruitment and reduce drop-out and disseminating them across and within organisations/institutions
  • Developing the capacity of local institutions to deliver quality language training and preparatory courses to students
  • Modernising higher education systems including updating/developing curricula
  • Designing tailored psychosocial support strategies and developing staff’s capacity to effectively address social inclusion, trauma management, and gender issues among students
  • Strengthening the soft skills and technical competencies of staff while creating new mechanisms to maintain talent and reduce turnover and dropout rates
  • Developing dynamic career centres to advance students’ employability prospects and entrepreneurial skills
  • Promoting employment of beneficiaries in the agri-food industry, ICT sector, and other on-demand sectors
  • Organising networking activities and establishing job offering databases
  • Facilitating physical and virtual internships and traineeships as alternative learning and employment opportunities in line with the underlying challenges
  • Developing and implementing institution-level strategies to foster innovation ecosystems and build a green economy by improving students’ innovative competencies

General Information

  • All projects can request funds for their actions ranging from €10,000 to €60,000.
  • The maximum duration of these funded projects should not exceed 14 months.
  • The amount granted will be based on the budget and the cost breakdown within the application as long as this is in line with the eligible cost criteria as specified in the ‘Rules and Regulations’.
  • Applicants are requested to submit their budgets in EUR and are required where possible to submit their receipts and supporting documents in EUR or USD. Applicants are also requested to clearly indicate in the Budget Justification column in the budget template which costs cannot be declared in EUR or USD and for what reason.
  • All proposals will receive 40% funding at the start of the project and 40% halfway. The final payment will be 20% of the requested amount.
  • Implementing partners are all requested to submit an interim report halfway through the project and a final report after the project has ended. Second and third payments will be linked to the interim and final report, respectively. Additionally, partners with projects with a duration of more than six months are requested to submit quarterly reports every three months of the project. All reports include both narrative and financial reporting based on the templates provided by HOPES-LEB. 
  • Monitoring visits will be conducted by HOPES-LEB project team during which the progress of projects will be assessed. 
  • Awarded projects will receive the first payment after signing the contract, upon which projects are supposed to start as soon as possible.
  • One organisation can submit several proposals and can participate in proposals submitted by other entities as co-applicants. However, during the same round of Call for Proposals, only one application should come from the same administrative unit. It is not allowed to submit proposals with more or less similar content even if submitted from different units.

General Eligibility

The general criteria that proposals under the Funding for Training and Capacity Building have to comply with in order to be eligible: 

  • Proposals should come from organisations and institutions officially registered in Lebanon 
  • (Co-)Applicants must be: 
    • Local ministries and governmental organisations 
    • Youth or labour organisations 
    • NGO’s (local, regional and/or global) 
    • Education and research institutions (local, regional and/or global)
  • International NGO’s, regional and global research institutes and regional and global education institutions can participate as co-applicants in a project, in which a Lebanese registered entity takes the lead.
  • (Co-)Applications from research institutes and education institutions: this type of institutional cooperation has to be practical and