5 things to know about the IHRA Grant program

For over ten years, the IHRA’s Grant program has funded projects that further the causes of Holocaust education, research and remembrance. And now, the 2021 grant call is officially open.

This article is a summary of the IHRA Grant Strategy guidelines: before applying, applicants are encouraged to read them in full.  

1. What kind of projects can apply for IHRA grants?  

The IHRA funds projects under two programs, which focus on different areas.  

Program 1 projects contribute to safeguarding the record of the Holocaust and the genocide of the Roma. Specifically, this program covers testimonies of survivors and witnesses which have not yet been recorded, mapping and documentation of as yet unidentified and/or unmarked sites, and archival material that is at risk or difficult to access.  

Projects that aim to prevent and counter distortion of the Holocaust and the genocide of the Roma should apply through Program 2. These projects should seek effective and meaningful ways to prevent and counteract distortion in the fields of public discourse (including media and particularly social media), education, research, or memorialization.

2. Are grants available to projects from countries that are not IHRA members?  

Yes, the grants are open to institutions from all over the world.  

3. Can I apply for a grant as an individual?  

No. Applications must come from institutions in the field of Holocaust remembrance, education and research, rather than individuals.  

Also, in order to foster the international exchange of best practice, institutions need to demonstrate a clear international dimension by partnering with relevant organizations from other countries.  

4. How can I apply?  

Applicants are strongly encouraged to carefully read the grant guidelines and register through the IHRA’s online application system in order to fill in the application. Only applications submitted through the online system will be accepted. A preview of the questions is available here.  

5. When is the application deadline?  

Applicants must complete the project summary and the budget sections by 22 January. All other sections can be modified until 5 February. Please note that it is not possible to create an account after 22 January. Final applications must be received by 5 February, 23:59 CET. 

Learn more about previous IHRA Grant recipients: 

Photo: digital exhibition created by Centropa, a previous grant recipient