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IHRA Holocaust Remembrance Grants

To strengthen the political commitment of governments in order to ensure future generations will understand the causes of the Holocaust and reflect upon its consequences, IHRA committed itself to a Grant Strategy in 2010.

The objectives of the IHRA’s Funding Policy are to:

  • Increase government involvement in creating programmes and infrastructure that will focus awareness on the Holocaust and contribute to combating antisemitism and xenophobia;
  • Create sustainable structures for Holocaust education, remembrance and research and, to that end, co-fund large-scale projects targeting multipliers;
  • Fund multilateral projects and thereby stimulate the international exchange of expertise and a shared culture of remembrance.

The Grant Strategy consists of two programmes:

  • 1) Develop strategies for Holocaust Memorial Days in a way that injects substance, real meaning and educational value into these events.
  • 2) Raise awareness and promote research into the causes of the Holocaust, its driving forces and mechanism, with a view to preventing genocide, ethnic cleansing, racism, antisemitism, and xenophobia.


IHRA calls for grant applications from organizations and institutions in the field of Holocaust education, remembrance, and research.  Applications from all countries are welcome.

IHRA is unable to provide financial support for the following types of activities:  capital projects or physical construction of memorials, commemoration events, individual research, literary works, music, theater, fine and plastic arts productions, film, video, and photographic development or production, or monographs and individual life stories.

Projects consisting of study visits or teacher trainings, as well as projects whose target groups are exclusively children and/or students, are not eligible for funding.

IHRA funds can only be granted for not-for-profit activities.

Special focuses

With the recent creation of special focuses, the IHRA wishes to encourage institutions in the field to initiate activities in contemporary areas of concern. Applications addressing any of the following focuses are encouraged under both programmes:


(B) NEW RESEARCH FIELDS: Work within fields that are currently under-researched. Applicants are requested to submit very specific explanations that prove the need for research in the proposed field. An example could be research on “Action T4,” its impact on subsequent Nazi policies during the Holocaust, and its role as a “precursor” to the Holocaust.

(C) PROJECTS THAT FURTHER SUPPORT THE IHRA MULTI-YEAR WORK PLAN: in particular the killing sites, which was identified by IHRA as a relatively unknown dimension of the Holocaust and is therefore a pillar of the Multi-Year Work Plan (MYWP). Other MYWP topics are: archives, Holocaust Memorial Days and educational research.

(D) HOLOCAUST DENIAL: Research into the prevalence and extent of Holocaust denial, trivialization, minimization and effective ways to counter such trends internationally.

(E) NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND SOCIAL MEDIA: Creation of innovative tools, integration of education and new technologies, development of methodologies for research into the use of new technologies and its possibilities for Holocaust education and awareness.

(F) PUBLIC CAMPAIGNS AND INSTALLATIONS: Reaching a wider audience and taking place in public spaces, for example campaigns at airports, central stations or public gathering points where large numbers of people can be reached who may otherwise not be affected.

The IHRA calls for grant applications from organizations and institutions in the field of Holocaust education, remembrance, and research that wish to carry out projects which fit within the remit of one of these two programmes. Project proposals should reflect the general objectives of the IHRA Funding Policy by targeting political, social and educational leaders and decision-makers and by including a strong multilateral and international dimension. The IHRA encourages grant applications that cut across the IHRA’s mandate fields with activities combining education, remembrance, and research.

Financial criteria

IHRA will only accept application with a detailed budget proposals outlining clearly how each of the budget items have been calculated.

Amount of funding

The minimum grant available per year of funding is 15,000€. The maximum grant available per year of funding is 50,000€.

The IHRA will take into consideration the proportionality between the annual operating budget of the applying organization and the requested grant.

Travel costs

IHRA grants can only be used to fund travel and accommodation up to a maximum of 50 %.

The costs for train tickets will only be accepted on the basis of 2nd class prices, and airplane tickets on the basis of economy class prices.

Beneficiaries may stay in hotels of no more than three stars.


IHRA’s funds cannot be used for the funding of salary costs only.

Salaries can be funded up to a maximum of 50% by the IHRA, provided that costs seem reasonable and are well explained (including number of hours, salary per hour, and a short description of tasks).


Under the IHRA Grant Programme for 2015-18 project applications must demonstrate a commitment of co-funding for at least 50% of the total project budget. This means that at least 50% of the total budget for the project is to be covered by sources other than the IHRA. The applying organization may list itself as a co-funder.

If at the time of application confirmation from other funding sources has not yet been received, the applicant should list potential co-funders that have been contacted.

Non-eligible activities

The IHRA is unable to consider providing financial support for the following types of activities:

  • Capital projects or physical construction of memorials
  • Commemoration events
  • Individual research
  • Literary works, music, theater, fine and plastic arts productions
  • Film, video, and photographic development or production
  • Monographs and individual life stories
  • Study visits
  • Teacher training
Application date
7 Dec 2016
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Humanities History
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years
Award granted
€ 15.000-50.000