Invitation to 2018 Projects Submission

The Netherlands Fund for Regional Partnerships (NFRP) "Shiraka" supports sustainable transition in the MENA Region. Shiraka was launched in 2016 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a successor to the Matra South Programme.

Projects funded from Shiraka are intended to support small scale initiatives of local organizations that contribute to societal transformation. To be eligible for a contribution under the Shiraka Program, activities must relate to:

  • Economic growth; income generating activities that promote local development in rural areas.


  • Only local non-profit organizations registered in Jordan can apply
  • Indicative budgets can go up to a maximum of JOD 100.000 (for a one year project) and up to a maximum of JOD 195.000  (for a two years project); maximum overhead allowed is 7.5% of the total budget.
  • Duration of the project may not exceed two years
  • Activities are to be implemented in Jordan
  • Charitable or commercial activities are not eligible

Proposals have to be submitted by 20 June 2018 at the latest, you can find the application through this link:

Applications should be submitted on a standard Embassy project proposal application form in English, to the following email address: and The standard application form is available here: .

All applicants will be notified of a decision within 90 days following the announced deadline.

Selection procedure

The assessment procedure shall consider the following components:

  • whether the proposed activity relates to the highlighted priority; 
  • whether the proposal contains a specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-related realization of its objective(s);
  • whether the proposed schedule of implementation is well planned and the duration is reasonable;
  • whether the proposed budget is realistic and cost-effective with full justification for every expenditure item;
  • sustainability of the activity;
  • whether gender is a cross-cutting theme in the proposed action plan;
  • novel and innovative intervention;
  • communication with relevant stakeholders such as officials and community representatives;
  • the past performance of the applicant, including the effectiveness of past projects, activities or initiatives; and
  • whether there is, or is likely to be, a duplication of previous initiatives by this or other organisations (for more information on projects supported by the Embassy please follow this link;
  • activities in the area of culture, art or theatre are unfavorable.

If the number of eligible projects exceeds the funding amount available, the choice will be made on the basis of a comparative selection.