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IHRA Holocaust Remembrance Grants

In May 2018 the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance committed itself to a new Grant Strategy that aligns with the organizational strategy adopted at the end of 2017. The IHRA Grant Strategy supports projects which aim to safeguard the historical record (including sites, testimony and archival materials) of the Holocaust and the genocide of the Roma and which counter distortion.

The IHRA’s Grant Strategy funds projects in the field of education, remembrance and research with the following objectives:

  • To increase capacity of governments and non-governmental institutions to safeguard the record of the Holocaust and the genocide of the Roma and to counter distortion.
  • To encourage the international exchange of good practices and promote historically-informed policymaking.
  • To develop educational approaches that enhance awareness of the continuing relevance of the Holocaust and the genocide of the Roma for the present and the future.

Project objectives and expected outcome

Project objectives and expected outcomes must be logically related to each other, should be clearly described and should be relevant to IHRA’s Grant Strategy objectives.

Applications which include various activities, which could be considered as several projects within one proposal, are not eligible for funding. Applications with several activities will only be accepted if these activities are in logical connection to each other and can be considered as essential to fulfil the project’s objectives.

The project material produced in the context of the project and the final results of the project must be made available online, where relevant.

All project proposals need to contain a communications plan. The IHRA Permanent Office will provide a template.

Conferences and seminars

If you are applying for IHRA funds to support a conference, a clear and convincing explanation of why the conference is the appropriate activity to meet the project objectives should be provided. Information should include answers to the following questions:

  • What is the main objective of the conference? Which insights would you like to gain? Will you present an analysis of the outcome? How will the outcome be used to reach the objectives of the project?
  • What is innovative about the conference? Are you looking at the topic from a new perspective? Do you strive for participatory discussions of the audience?
  • What kind of follow-up are you planning?
  • How do you plan the wider dissemination of the conference results (e.g. through online publications, online video-streaming of the conference etc.)?

The submission of a detailed draft program including possible speakers is a mandatory requirement for each proposal including a conference and/or seminar.

Target groups

Applications should clearly indicate the target group(s) of the proposed project and outline how the project will reach or influence these groups. Key questions to consider are:

  • Whom does your project aim to influence and how does it propose to do so?
  • What measurable change do you wish to see in your target group if your project is successful?

Please also see the criteria for target groups under the section ‘International Dimension’.

Eligible Target Groups include:

  • POLITICAL DECISION MAKERS / ACTORS: for example, Members of Parliament; Governmental and regional representatives (including but not limited to: ministers, ministry officials, diplomats, governors, mayors, etc.); Civil servants (including but not limited to: officials in public directorates and institutions, police commissioners and officers, etc.). Where an IHRA Member Country directly benefits from a project, for example by educating civil servants in a country, the IHRA will only fund the project under the condition that the IHRA Member Country is co-funding a minimum of 40 % of the project costs.
  • CIVIL SOCIETY: including but not limited to: NGOs, union representatives and community/religious institutions and leaders, social activists and lawyers etc. MEDIA: particularly opinion leaders in the field of social media, press, television and radio (including journalists, and heads of media institutions).
  • EDUCATIONAL POLICYMAKERS: including but not limited to: curricula developers, developers of textbooks, teaching material and editors, university deans and board members, teacher trainers, heads of educational departments at museums and memorials, etc.
  • ACADEMIA: e.g. scholars, academics (including university professors), academic organizations and associations.
  • MUSEUMS AND MEMORIALS: e.g. representatives of museums and memorials including curators and guides.
  • ARCHIVES AND ARCHIVISTS: including public and private collections.

Please note: teachers, pupils, and children as such are not eligible target groups for the IHRA, since they fall under the responsibility of the individual Member Countries. If teacher trainers are among the target group, proof of their affiliation with an official institution for teacher training is required.

International dimension

In line with the Grant Strategy objectives, only projects that demonstrate a clear international dimension are eligible for funding under the IHRA Grant Strategy. Applicants should reflect this requirement in the following areas of the project proposal: TARGET GROUP:
In order to be eligible for funding, project proposals should demonstrate a clear international dimension in terms of the target group benefiting from the project. Projects should seek to bring together target groups from at least two different countries. The purpose of this rule is to foster the international exchange of good practices.


International project partnership is also strongly encouraged under the Grant Strategy. Proposals that clearly demonstrate the involvement of at least one project partner from a country different from that of the primary applicant are particularly welcomed. In order to be a ‘project partner’ the partnering organization should be involved in developing the concept for the project proposal. A contract of partnership should be provided with the application.

Participating organizations

A participating organization is an organization or institution that is involved in the project, for example by providing services/ expertise or by participating in conferences and events. This does not imply the same level of involvement as a formal Project Partner.

Monitoring and evaluation

Once the IHRA approves a grant and allocates funds, applicants must comply with IHRA’s project management, and monitoring and evaluation requirements. This includes the completion of a logical framework, submission of financial and operational reports including an independent audit report, as well as, for multi-annual projects, annual interim reports. The IHRA will provide templates for narrative reporting and the IHRA will evaluate projects against the following criteria:

  • RELEVANCE - Applicants should clearly explain the relevance of the project in meeting the needs and addressing the challenges identified under program 1 or program 2. Relevance is the extent to which the objectives of a project are continuously consistent with the objectives of the IHRA Grant Strategy and with the objectives of the individual program under which the project falls.
  • IMPACT - Applicants should try to capture the contribution of the project. The IHRA asks applicants to track positive and negative, primary and secondary changes produced by the project. These changes may be direct or indirect, intended or unintended.
  • PARTNERSHIP AND COOPERATION - The applicant should outline the coordination and collaboration arrangements that have been made with partners and stakeholders. Partnerships and cooperation is a measure of the level and quality of the cooperation with external partners and stakeholders through:
    • The extent to which the right partnerships have been identified.
    • The extent to which partnerships have been sought and established, and synergies have been created.
    • The extent to which there was effective coordination among partners.
  • EFFECTIVENESS - Effectiveness is the extent to which a project/program achieves its objectives and outcomes. The process of monitoring and evaluation should show whether and how the objectives and outcomes have been achieved. It should highlight any major constraints and problems that have impacted the implementation and delivery of the project. The aim is to learn from these constraints and avoid them in the future, or find solutions to improve performance.
  • LESSONS LEARNED - Lessons learnt are generalizations based on evaluation experiences with projects, programs, or policies that abstract from the specific circumstances to broader situations. Frequently, lessons highlight strengths or weaknesses in preparation, design, and implementation that affect performance, outcome, and impact. Applicants will be asked to reflect on lessons learned on completion of their project.

Financial criteria

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


The minimum grant available per project 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.


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.
Applicants/ participants may stay in hotels of no more than three stars.


IHRA funds cannot be used to fund 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). Applicants are encouraged to discuss this in advance with the Permanent Office.


Under the IHRA Grant Strategy for 2019-23, project applications must demonstrate the 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.

Applicants who are unsure how to secure co-funding are encouraged to contact the IHRA Permanent Office as early as possible to seek advice.

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

Required co-funding must be procured by December of each year following the submission of the application. The applicant must furnish proof that other donors have committed themselves to co-funding or that co-funding will be provided from other sources in order to receive the initial instalment of 70% of the annual allocation. The balancing 30% of the annual allocation will be paid on receipt of final and financial reports.


Funds can only be granted for not-for-profit activities and any outcome (i.e. publications, guidelines, DVDs, apps etc.) co-funded by the IHRA cannot be sold for profit.

Any fees to be charged for publications need to be approved by the IHRA well in advance.

The IHRA only processes applications from not-for-profit institutions. IHRA reserves the right to request non-profit certificates from applicants.


The following budget items are not eligible under the IHRA Grant Strategy. In the case that they form part of the project budget, they should be clearly marked as being paid for by co-funding and not with IHRA funds:

  • Cash Prizes
  • Equipment
  • Honoraria payments (except for speaker or expert fees that are directly related to the project)
  • Events that do not directly contribute to reaching the objectives of the project.


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, theatre, fine and plastic arts productions
  • Film, video, and photographic development or production
  • Monographs and individual life stories
  • Study visits
  • Teacher training

IHRA only accepts applications that are submitted via our online application system.

Applicants must register through the IHRA’s online application system and complete the project summary and the budget sections by 15 January 2019. All other sections can be modified until 31 January 2019. Please note that it is not possible to create an account after 15 January. Applications must be received by 31 January, 23:59 CET.

We strongly encourage applicants to be in contact with the Permanent Office far in advance of the deadline in order to seek advice for an application. Please carefully read our privacy and data protection notice prior to filling in an application in the online application system.


All enquiries can be directed to the IHRA Permanent Office at

Application date
15 Jan 2019
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Humanities History
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years
Award granted
€ 15.000-50.000