About the RIF

The RIF is a grant facility of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) through the Education Pathways to Peace in Mindanao (Pathways) Program. It provides opportunities for stakeholders to support the delivery of quality education services as well as contribute to peacebuilding in the ARMM.

Pathways aims to reduce disparity and improve participation in the education performance of boys and girls, particularly those experiencing disadvantage. The program aims to create sustainable opportunities for key actors and stakeholders to work together in providing and supporting conflict-sensitive quality basic education services. Pathways hopes to:

  • Deliver an education curriculum that fits the needs of the students in ARMM
  • Improve how teachers teach and build their roles as peace-builders
  • Make policy and decision-making more open, collaborative, and evidence-based

RIF Objectives

The RIF aims to stimulate and learn from creative and innovative locally developed solutions to existing local issues and challenges. It also aims to:

  • Encourage divergent ways of thinking and working
  • Reward and sustain good practices at all levels of education delivery
  • Pilot new ideas and learn from implementation before scaling up
  • Engage non-traditional education stakeholders and coalitions in collaborative activities that support improved access and quality in education
  • Provide opportunities for researchers and practitioners to work together in new ways and in different environments
  • Address specific education development needs in small and isolated communities of ARMM
  • Support peacebuilding through activities that promote non-traditional partnerships across ethnic and religious groups
  • Support DepEd-ARMM with analytical work that can inform medium and long-term planning

RIF Priorities

To qualify for grant funding, projects must be implemented within the ARMM or, in the case of research, be conducted for the ARMM. Grant applications should focus on one or more of the following RIF priorities:

  • Improving participation of children and parents in education
  • Supporting education of vulnerable children and youth
  • Engaging civil society organisations to support education service delivery and programs for children and young people in sports, the arts, and cultural activities that contribute to the holistic development and promote peacebuilding
  • Using technology for improving education
  • Peacebuilding initiatives as demonstrated in the education sector
  • Research and evaluation focusing on conflict, gender, inclusion, institutional reform, and emerging issues and concerns in the ARMM

Size and Types of grants available

SIZE Up to Examples of Eligible Applicants Duration
Small Grants Up to Ph500,000 For local village level citizens acting as a group or network; individual schools or clusters of schools; CSOs; and NGOs. 6- 12 months
Medium Grants Up to Php2,000,000 Ideal for local government units; schools divisions; Tahderiyyah, etc. 6- 12 months
Large Grants Up to Php4,000,000 For international NGOs; universities and research organisations; institutional consortia of category 2 and 3 institutions.
*Negotiable for complex, multi-phase or longitudinal studies
Up to 18 months


1 Purpose | 20 Points

Clearly states the need for the activity
and grant with reference to at least one of the RIF objectives

2 Focus Area | 20 Points

Addresses at least one of the six priority focus areas.

3 Clear description of activities | 20 Points

Describes clear steps to link activities with the purpose. Specifies expected outcomes and how the findings will be evaluated and reported. Clearly states research hypothesis.

4 Budget | 20 Points

Clearly shows expenses within reasonable parameters and appropriate systems for managing the budget. Demonstrates value for money.

5 Collaboration | 15 Points

Shows evidence of strategic collaborations that will contribute to the purpose and the sustainability of the outcomes.

6 Dissemination Plan | 5 Points

Presents a communication and engagement strategy to maximise the influence and uptake of the innovation into broader policy and practice in the target areas of ARMM.

Possible budget inclusions

  • Cost of staff or experts assigned specifically to the project
  • Travel and subsistence costs for participants taking part in proposed activity
  • Costs of consumables and supplies
  • Activity costs such as:
    • Rental of premises for an event; Fees of speakers or trainers
    • Design, printing, data collection
    • Travel and accommodations costs for participants of an event
  • Costs deriving directly from the requirements of the project (evaluation of the project, audit, translation, and insurance etc.)
  • Established Indirect costs no greater than 10%

Budget Exclusions

  • Items of recurrent cost such as office rental, regular office supplies, office maintenance, spare parts, and electricity bills
  • Bursaries for formal studies in-country or in Australia
  • Purchase of vehicles or Purchase of capital equipment
  • Major construction
  • Proposals from profit-making organizations
  • Evangelical and missionary activities

Who can Apply

We welcome applications from researchers, research institutions, civil society organisations, government and non-government organisations, students, teachers, school heads, parents, schools, and development organisations.

How to Apply

You can download the application form below and send it to rif@pathways.ph. You can also mail your applications to:

  • Pathways Program Management Office
  • DepEd-ARMM, ORG Compound, Gov Gutierrez Ave.,
  • 9600 Cotabato City, Philippines
  • Tel. No.: +63 64 557 2274 | Mobile Nos.: +63 921 256 5535 (Smart) & +63 906 503 0837 (Globe)