Arab Partnership Participation Fund

The Arab Partnership is the UK Government’s strategic response to the Arab Spring


The Arab Partnership is the UK Government’s strategic response to the Arab Spring. The Arab Partnership Participation Fund (APPF), led by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) focuses on three priority areas:

  • political participation
  • freedom of expression and public voice
  • good governance (better access to justice and support for civil society initiatives to strengthen the rule of law transparency, integrity and tackling corruption)

For further information about the APPF’s priorities and overall approach, please refer to our Arab Partnership Programme Approach 2012-15 (MS Word Document, 57KB) or see our Arab Partnership ePamphlet (PDF, 1.41MB, 8 pages) , also available in Arabic (PDF, 2.17MB, 8 pages) .

Past and Current Projects

2011-12 Projects

In 2011-12 the APPF funded 46 projects in 11 countries, worth just over £5 million. For details please see the list of the 2011-12 projects (PDF, 123KB, 4 pages) .


In 2012-13, the APPF funded 73 projects in 15 countries, worth £13.26m. For details, please see the list of the projects approved for 2012-13 (PDF, 362KB, 15 pages) .

2013-2014 Projects

In the current financial year 2013-14, the APPF is funding 62 projects in 15 countries, profiled at over £13m. Please see the project list for the 2013-14 projects (PDF, 279KB, 12 pages) .

2014-2015 Programme

Bidding has now begun for Financial Year 2014-15. Please refer to individual British Embassy websites for announcements about bidding deadlines and procedures, or refer to the Arab Partnership Contacts (MS Word Document, 19.8KB) in the Embassies concerned.

Please also refer to forms and guidance in the section below for advice on how to bid. Please note, you must consult Embassy websites/contacts about deadlines and funding priorities before submitting any bid, and should submit directly to the Embassy contact point.

How to apply

Forms and Guidance for the 2014-15 bidding round

The bidding forms and guidance on how to fill them in are below. Please note that all project bids must include an activity-based budget in the format below. Not all projects require a log frame – see guidance notes for further details.

Some Embassies may ask for concept notes before asking potential implementers to fill in full proposal forms. Potential bidders should consult the Embassy concerned on exact bidding requirements and funding priorities, before submitting a full proposal.

Subject Guidance Notes

Selection Criteria

Project proposals must demonstrate clearly how they will deliver at least one of the three APPF objectives:

  • Enhanced political participation;
  • Strengthened public voice/freedom of expression;
  • Better governance.

Proposals must also be in line with AP priorities for each country involved.

Please consult each Embassy website and/or contact the Embassy in the relevant country/countries for guidance on country priorities.

Bids will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Relevance to overarching AP objectives
  • Supported by analysis/strong rationale
  • Value for money
  • Evidence of local demand/need
  • Project viability, including capacity of implementing organisation(s)
  • Project design, including clear, achievable objectives/outputs
  • Consideration of inclusivity in approach (including gender, youth and human rights)
  • Sustainability
  • Potential multiplier effect

There is no minimum or maximum value for project funds.

APPF cannot currently commit funds beyond March 2015, and is therefore only accepting single-year bids for 2014-15.

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