NCJW’S Israel Granting Program Guidelines 2021-2022

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.

As in the United States, NCJW’s Israel Granting Program seeks to improve the lives of women, children and families throughout Israel. The organizations and projects we fund advance women’s empowerment, gender equality, and/or strengthening Israeli coexistence and democracy.

Organizations serving Arab/Palestinian communities in Israel, and/or focused on coexistence are strongly encouraged to apply. We will choose three – five specific projects of existing organizations to fund.

  • Grant awards are expected to be $20,000 – $50,000 USD. All awardees will receive a base grant of $20,000. Each of the grant recipients will also present their work via one Zoom call to the leadership of our 54 NCJW sections; each of our sections will choose which project to fundraise for, and those dollars will be added to the $20,000 award.
  • Multi-year grants will be considered.

Any organization or institution receiving Israel Granting Program funds must

  • Provide mid-year and annual reports on the project or program funded within twelve months following the receipt of funding on a form provided by NCJW
  • Acknowledge the National Council of Jewish Women in all public relations and in all external communications, including printed materials  
  • Adhere to all grant application procedures 
  • Present their work to NCJW sections 1-2 times per year via Zoom (1-2 presentations total per year)

NCJW is an affirmative action employer and grant maker. Eligible applicants are expected to adhere to all non-discrimination laws in Israel. The grant policies, guidelines, application requirements and funding decisions are the responsibility of NCJW. These items may be modified by NCJW at any time at its sole discretion. NCJW will not consider requests from organizations that have received a grant previously that have not followed the IGP terms for receipt of such grants. Grants will be paid by check in US dollars or NIS, as determined by NCJW. 

NCJW complies with the US government Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions program and its guidelines for awarding grants/scholarships to foreign individuals and entities. Grantees will be asked to acknowledge their compliance with all laws, statutes and regulations restricting persons from dealing with any individuals, entities, or groups subject to OFAC sanctions. For further information, see



Please use the headings and subheadings in the order provided below, and please limit your responses to three pages and the attachments to four pages. 

(For definitions of terms used in this proposal request, please see the bottom of this form.) 


  • Date of proposal submission 
  • Name of organization
  • Name and title of contact for grant proposal
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Name and email of Executive Director


  • Name of project
  • Geographic Reach
  • Population Served
  • Projected total number of people served/reached by this project 
  • Multiyear Request? (Y/N)
  • Total Project Budget
  • Total Organizational Budget


A. Executive Summary 

Please briefly provide an overview of the project and the problem you are seeking to address. Please specify if this is a new or existing project of the organization (maximum 250 words).

B. Organization Information 

  • Brief summary of organization’s history 
  • Brief statement of organization’s mission and overarching goals 
  • General description of current programs, activities and accomplishments 
  • General Description of organizational structure, including number of current paid staff (full and part-time)
  •  Describe your organization’s core existing strengths upon which you will rely on to advance the specific project goals described in this proposal. 
  • Does your organization have a history with NCJW? Please explain. (Note: This history will not impact granting decisions either way.)

C. Purpose of Grant 

Statement of needs/problems to be addressed; description of target population, stakeholders, and how the overall status of women’s empowerment, gender equity or Israeli coexistence  or democracy will be improved by this project.

Description of: 

  • Primary goal(s) 
  • Activities/Strategies 
  • Expected Outputs 
  • Expected Outcomes 
  • Timetable for implementation (if you already have a detailed work plan, feel free to share it with us as an attachment) 
  • List of other partners (government, private, or NGO) in the project and their roles 
  • If applicable, please list other existing projects or organizations doing similar work, and explain if/how your project differs, and what effort may/will be made to  work cooperatively with them to minimize waste and maximize effectiveness 
  • Description of the possible or definite involvement of constituents in defining  problems to be addressed, making policy, and/or planning the program 
  • Description of possible challenges you foresee to the project, and how you might approach them 
  • List and description of the qualifications of key staff and volunteers who will contribute to the success of the program 
  • Long-term strategies for funding this project at end of grant period 

D. Evaluation 

  • Plans for evaluation including specific indicators of success and measurement tools to be employed 
  • Description of how evaluation results will be used and/or disseminated and, if appropriate, how the project will be replicated or scaled 
  • Description of the active involvement of constituents in evaluating the program

E. Budget Narrative/Justification

Please submit your organizational and programmatic budget. If you would like, please refer to the attached Excel Grant Budget Form. We will accept your organizational/program budget in whatever format is easiest for the organization.


  • Proof of Amutah status 
  • Link to most recent Annual Report 
  • List (or Link) to Board of Directors with professional and/or volunteer affiliations
  • Financials: 
    • Organization’s current annual operating budget, including expenses and revenue. 
    • Please list names of other organizational supporters 
    • Most recent annual financial statement in English

Applications must be sent via email to:

Hard copies sent by postal mail or fax will not be accepted. 

All grant proposals must be received by Wednesday, November 17th. NCJW will notify all applicants in writing of final grant decisions by the end of December

For more information, please contact by email: 

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, NCJW Scholar in Residence, 



Please keep in mind when filling in your application the following definitions of terms used by NCJW. If anything is unclear, please do not hesitate to ask us for clarification.

Project Goals are the ultimate change that the project is designed to advance. For purposes of NCJW, the project’s goals should: 

  • Be clearly linked to, and work in direct support of, your organization’s mission. 
  • Describe the desired change (outcomes), not the strategies/activities. 
  • Be realistically achievable within the grant period (12 months). 
  • Be sustainable beyond the life of the grant period (12 months).
  • Directly result from your project’s interventions, not external factors. 
  • Be agreed upon by all of your primary stakeholders.  

Project Activities are the strategies used to advance the project’s goal(s).  For example: new media campaigns, leadership development training courses.  

Project Outputs are the measurable and targeted deliverables/results of the activities; they are almost always quantitative. 

For example: # of expected posts/week on Organization’s Facebook page related to project; # of expected graduates from courses. 

Project Impact Outcomes are the expected changes that you are confident will result from the project’s specific intervention over the course of the grant period (12 months). For example: increased public awareness of the issues; increased participant commitment to activism for democracy; increased participant activism capacities; increased participant actual engagement.



We have various projects that could meet NCJW’s criteria. How can we choose between them?

Our criteria is broad because we know that there are many kinds of work that can be done to empower women and advance gender equality and democracy. However, you should bear in mind that we are interested in programs which drive systemic change beyond providing benefits to the immediate constituents or beneficiaries. Please show us how your work will have a lasting impact!

You have emphasized Palestinian women and coexistence work. If we only work with other target groups, can we apply?

Efforts to advance shared society and empower Palestinian women in Israel are priority areas for NCJW. However, we are keen to support diverse populations across the spectrum of Israeli society, and you are welcome to submit programs benefitting any identity group.

For successful applicants, will the Zoom pitch to NCJW chapters need to be done in English?

It will be important that you convey well the essence of your work in order to win the support of NCJW chapters. But nobody will be excluded on the basis of language abilities. Our representative in Israel will support you to prepare your pitch and will assess needs for translation assistance as required.

Can we apply for core funding?

We understand that a reasonable, proportional cost for overheads will be part of your budget, but we are focusing on proposals for specific projects.