Grant for Innovation in Conflict Transformation

Following a decision by our Board of Trustees the Call for Proposals for the Grant for Innovation in Conflict Transformation is suspended in 2017.

This programme is designed for innovative and state-of-the-art projects in the field of conflict transformation. By means of a regularly revised thematic focus, it seeks to address issues that we believe to be of future relevance to our field, and support projects that provide insightful and innovative impulses to researchers and practitioners.  The thematic focus of this programme is approved by our Board of Trustees and published annually in the form of a call for proposals.

  • The maximum funding amount is specified in the call for proposals,
  • The maximum funding duration is two years,
  • Matching funds are no requirement but considered favourably as an expression of commitment.

With the award of a grant, recipients sign a grant contract with the Berghof Foundation. The contract regulates the deliverables of the project, payment and use of funds, monitoring of progress and reporting, as well as the use of results. The general terms and conditions of funding and the full application form attachments to the agreement.

Each granted project is assigned a Berghof Foundation staff member as a contact person for content-related discussion.

Grantees are required to submit regular interim reports as well as a final report for their project. All reporting, monitoring and evaluation requirements are specified in the grant contract and in the Berghof Foundation’s evaluation policy.

Interim reports must use the narrative reporting template provided by the Berghof Foundation and be submitted via email as specified by the grant contract. The interim reports should provide an overview of the activities and results of the project up to the time of submission.

The final narrative report should include an abstract of the most important results and lessons learned of the project in addition to a detailed description of the project’s activities and outcomes. The length depends on the nature of the project and should be agreed upon with the Berghof Foundation staff. The final report must be signed and submitted via email and in hard copy via registered mail.

All interim financial reports must use the excel format provided by the Berghof Foundation and be submitted via email, together with scanned copies of the receipts for the expenditures.

The final financial report must include all expenditure of the project and use the provided excel format. All original auditable receipts of project expenditures must be kept and, upon project completion, sent to the Berghof Foundation via registered mail together with the signed final financial report.

Projects supported by the Berghof Foundation must attribute support to the Foundation by using its name and, wherever possible, its logo in the dissemination of their project activities and results. This includes publications, websites as well as presentations that are related to the project. The conditions detailed in the grant contract apply.

In line with our grantmaking strategy, we aspire to foster a shared space for collaboration and synergy-building with our grantees that goes beyond the implementation and completion of each project. The Grant for Innovation in Conflict Transformation serves to expand the boundaries of the field in terms of insights and perspectives, and by creating a network of like-minded partners that collaborate in an innovative manner on issues of conflict transformation and peacebuilding.

Grantees are encouraged to actively engage in building such a network and identifying potentials for further collaboration, as part of their projects and beyond.

Berghof Grantees Conference

To provide a forum for exchange within our network of likeminded partners, we have established the Berghof Grantees Conference, an annual event bringing together grantees, Berghof Foundation staff and relevant researchers and practitioners. The event provides an opportunity for mutual learning and the sharing of expertise and experience, as well as a valuable networking opportunity for participants.

The first conference on the topic of “Virtual spaces for conflict transformation” was held in November 2013 at the Berghof Center in Berlin.

Individuals as well as non-profitmaking organisations (NGOs, INGOs, CSOs) are eligible to apply.

No, there are no geographical restrictions unless otherwise specified in the call for proposals.

No, we do not fund ongoing project activities. Proposals should be for new projects with a fresh new concept with innovative ideas.

There is no minimum funding amount for this programme. The maximum funding amount is specified in the call for proposals.

All costs, except for construction, capital investments and library support.

The maximum duration for this programme is two years.

Yes, it is possible to submit more than one application per organisation or individual.

No, all official correspondence, including all application documents, must be in English.

Applications that do not conform to the formal requirements presented on the website are discarded. Reasons could be that the application is not produced using the provided template or that the length of the CV exceeds the page limit.

The Board of Trustees decides based on a thorough examination of all shortlisted full applications.

Following a decision by our Board of Trustees the Call for Proposals for the Grant for Innovation in Conflict Transformation is suspended in 2016.

The Berghof Foundation has a long-standing history of funding research and practice projects of like-minded partners in the field of conflict transformation. The Grant for Innovation in Conflict Transformation is designed for innovative and state of the art projects in the field of conflict transformation. The thematic focus of this programme changes regularly, allowing us to address issues that we believe are of current and future relevance to conflict transformation and support projects that we hope will provide innovative perspectives and impulses for the field and our work.

  • Engaging Estranged Communities in Post-National Dialogue Buy-In and Participation (International Center for Religion & Diplomacy, USA) more >
  • Afghan Women's Roadmap for Peace Entering the Transformation Decade (Equality for Peace and Democracy, Afghanistan) more >
  • Innovative conflict transformation in Vukovar and Knin (Documenta - Center for Dealing with the Past, Croatia) more >
  • Enhancing the resilience of conflict transformation dialogues in Syria (Conflict Dynamics International, USA) more >

  • Young Leader Cross-religion Joint Council on Promoting Peace and Conflict Transformation through Local Wisdom and ICT (Indonesian Islamic University, Indonesia) more >
  • Youth Engaged in Circles of Trust (Center for Civic Initiative, Macedonia) more >
  • Strengthening the Role of Youth in Cross-Tribal Conflict Mitigation Processes in Yemen (Partners Yemen, Yemen) more >
  • Youth Protagonism in Honduras, Central America: Sports “Barras Bravas” for the Peace (Interpeace, Honduras) more >
  • Confronting Stigma: Community Profiling of Conflict Involved Youth in Nepal (Ram Kumar Bhandari, Nepal) more >

  • Peace and Tolerance Education Project in Chechnya With Interactive Internet Platform for Teachers in Schools (Peacebuilding UK, United Kingdom) more >
  • Development of Scalable Drupal Crisis Mapping Platform (PeaceGeeks, Canada) more >
  • Virtually possible: Broadening conversations for peace (Kubatana Trust of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe) more >
  • Understanding and Using the Digital Space for Conflict Resolution (Crisis Management Inititative, Finland) more >