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The Saïd Foundation is an English charity founded by Mr and Mrs Wafic Rida Saïd. The Foundation aims to bring positive and lasting change to the lives of children and young people in the Middle East, through the provision of assistance in the fields of disability and education; and to encourage further education in the Arab world through scholarships and other means. The Saïd Foundation (SF) likes, where possible, to provide support to children and young people and in particular to support those who would not otherwise be able to realise their potential.
Our Child Development Programme makes grants to education and disability projects implemented through partner organisations in Syria, Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon. In Syria, our Damascus office oversees the implementation of several disability projects across the country.
The overall objective of the CDP is to improve the lives of disadvantaged children (aged 0-18) in the target countries of Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine. Its core objectives are:
- To promote the social integration of children with disability; and
- To provide educational opportunities to children for whom these have been lacking.
The SF supports projects in disability and education. Criteria of projects supported by the Foundation are outlined below and examples may be found in its annual review or on its website (www.saidfoundation.org). Organisations applying for funding to the SF must show a clear need for their project which is not being met by other organisations.
The Foundation prioritises work that helps to improve services for disabled children and young people in the following areas:
- prevention of disability;
- early intervention;
- education, including the mainstreaming of disabled children;
- vocational training;
- training of disability professionals;
- publication of practical resources such as guidebooks.
It is particularly interested in organisations that are run by disabled people or their families, and in projects that raise awareness of and lobby for the rights of disabled people in practical ways.
The Foundation prioritises educational projects that help children develop and fulfil their aspirations. It concentrates on:
- vocational training for disadvantaged young people aged 16-18;
- projects which support or complement the existing formal education system;
- training of teachers and other education professionals working with children;
- production of new educational resources.
- WHAT KIND OF ORGANISATIONS DOES THE SF SUPPORT?
The SF implements this programme in partnership with a range of organisations including:
- non-governmental organisations (including universities, unions or training centres) in Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Jordan;
- British (or, exceptionally, other international) development organisations implementing projects in these countries or channelling support to local organisations.
These organisations must:
- be registered and have existed for at least two years;
- enjoy local and/or international respect;
- have proven experience and expertise in the project field and country;
- have the capacity to run realistic, manageable and sustainable projects;
- have clear procedures for planning, follow up, accounting, reporting and management;
- work with all children without a religious, national or political bias;
- show innovative and cost-effective ways to tackle problems;
- directly involve the local community and/or the target group in the project.
The Foundation is particularly keen to support organisations that share their work with or train others.
5. HOW MUCH DOES THE SF GIVE AND FOR WHAT?
The Foundation can provide funds for running costs (such as salaries or training programme costs) or for capital costs and equipment (such as computers and books). It normally funds clearly defined, specific projects. If the costs of a project are higher than the maximum amount the SF donates, the Foundation provide partial funding provided that:
- the organisation can demonstrate that matching funding is or is very likely to be available; and
- the Foundation’s donation is a substantial part of the project cost; or
- the Foundation’s donation is used for a clearly defined part of the project.
The Foundation normally makes grants between £1,000 and £15,000 per project per year for a total period of one to three years. It can only support one project per organisation at a time. Organisations which have been given a one or two year grant may apply for an extension to the project or for funding for another project but the SF only very rarely supports organisations for longer than three consecutive years.
- ARE THERE OTHER CONDITIONS?
To make sure that its donations are as effective as possible, the SF gives preference to projects that:
- benefit as large a group of beneficiaries as possible;
- support the most disadvantaged groups in society;
- aim to achieve better coordination and collaboration between organisations.
The SF also requires organisations to achieve one or more of the following objectives by the end of the project:
- to achieve the project’s objectives during its life time; or
- to include a clear multiplier mechanism in the project (for example, a pilot project that will be copied elsewhere; training of rehabilitation workers; or the development of resources that can be used by others); or
- to ensure the project’s financial sustainability after the Foundation’s support ends (for example, through an income generation component or an endowment); or
- to develop their local or international fundraising capacities to ensure the continuation of the project.
The SF will very occasionally break some of its rules to support projects which work on problems that are not addressed by other organisations (such as projects for severely disabled children) or which are innovative in nature.
7. PROJECTS THE Foundation DOES NOT SUPPORT
The SF does not provide funding for:
- general appeals or sponsorship events;
- investments, loans or debts;
- projects focused on a particular ethnic group, nationality or religion;
- projects which have already taken place;
- individuals (other than through its separate Further Education Programme);
- vehicle purchase or construction projects, unless they are demonstrably essential;
- projects which have already been rejected by the Foundation;
- residential institutes for orphans;
- any political, industrial or commercial appeal, as the Foundation is permitted to fund only activities which are charitable;
- projects addressing problems already sufficiently covered by other organisations.