2023 Israel Granting Program

The work of National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) to advance equity and justice for women, children, and families reaches deep into the diverse mosaic of communities in Israel through our partners advancing gender justice there.

Add your support to our Israel Granting Program (IGP), a funding pool raised by NCJW’s network of advocates, and help Israeli organizations and activists make a meaningful impact to strengthen Israeli society and democracy.

Established in the late 1990s, IGP deepens connections between American and Israeli feminists, is built on NCJW’s long legacy of support for the State and people of Israel, and has granted millions of dollars over the years to grassroots Israeli advocacy and service organizations.

NCJW is proud to launch our Israel Granting Program for 2023 — a significant year in which we mark the 75th anniversary of Israel’s founding.

Against the backdrop of very real threats to the democratic fabric of the State of Israel, our partners in Israel are extremely anxious about the rights and freedoms of women, children, and families and are working tirelessly and with a sense of great urgency to safeguard them.

We know that our collective power to drive change depends on our ability to work together to advance a common cause; cooperation among feminists in Israel will be key to overcoming the obstacles they face. To this end, the Israel Granting Program in 2023 will focus on collaborative initiatives and programs aiming to advance gender justice. This approach reinforces the strategy of our feminist leadership fellowship, Connecting for Impact (CFI), which aims to strengthen the Israeli feminist ecosystem through collaborative capacity building.

Fundraising by NCJW advocates will run through May 2023, and grants will be awarded in June.

For NCJW local sections:

We invite our network of NCJW local sections to please give generously so that we can make a real difference in the lives of women, children, and families in Israel at this very critical moment. Use the form to the right to make your gift!

Save the dates: Kaffe with Kalela!

From February to June 2023, NCJW’s Israel Program Manager Kalela Lancaster will host monthly meet-ups for NCJW advocates to meet guests from the feminist field in Israel, and learn about the evolving situation there and its impact on women, children, and families. At these meetups, Kalela will also field questions and share more information about the areas of focus for IGP in 2023, and the types of initiatives NCJW is keen to support.

Kaffe with Kalela meetups will be held on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 15th February at 12pm ET / 9am PT
  • Wednesday 15th March at 12pm ET / 9am PT
  • Wednesday 19th April at 12pm ET / 9am PT
  • Wednesday 17th May at 12pm ET / 9am PT
  • Wednesday 14th June at 12pm ET / 9am PT
Register here for the upcoming meetup.

Definitions:

What do we mean by gender justice?

Gender justice is understood by NCJW to mean full equality, autonomy, rights and representation of women at all levels of society, and their freedom from discrimination. Gender justice often intersects with other forms of social justice, including economic justice, racial justice, and justice for LGBTQ individuals. For IGP, we are particularly concerned with the following forms of gender justice:

  1. An end to violence against women in all its forms
  2. Reproductive freedom
  3. Ensuring rights, representation and opportunity for women of marginalized communities

What do we mean by collaborative initiatives?

We welcome creative and out-of-the-box ideas, but as a guide, here are some examples of collaborative initiatives or programs that would be eligible for a grant: 

  • coalitions
  • a joint program or campaign by two or more nonprofits 
  • a program of at least one nonprofit in partnership with at least one private or public sector institution
  • a mechanism of coordination between different nonprofits and/or other actors
  • a shared resource for nonprofits and/or other actors

This can be an existing or new collaboration.

In particular, we encourage applications from power-building initiatives such as coalitions and organizing efforts.

Desired outcomes of a collaborative initiative

We will support collaborative initiatives which contribute to achieving one or more of the following desired outcomes:

  • Advancing policy: efforts to advance legislation or improve governmental or public sector systems which safeguard or advance gender justice at a systemic level
  • Defending democracy: efforts to combat anti-democratic processes aiming to curb gender justice 
  • Expanding the feminist ecosystem: efforts which engage new audiences in the struggle for gender justice

Eligibility and prioritization

  • Only programs which clearly align with NCJW’s strategic priorities and values will be eligible for a grant.
  • NCJW encourages applications for collaborative initiatives or programs which serve or advance marginalized populations in Israeli society, including but not limited to the following communities: Palestinian citizens of Israel, Haredi, Israelis of Ethiopian descent, new immigrants from Ukraine, Mizrahi communities, LGBTQ+ individuals, asylum seekers, and statusless individuals.
  • The lead applicant in a collaborative initiative or program must be a registered Israeli nonprofit (Amutah).

For Applicants to IGP 2023

The application process for IGP 2023 will open in February 2023. Check back here for information and full details about how to apply for a grant.