Foundation for Middle East Peace: Grants for Global Security

OVERVIEW: The Foundation for Middle East Peace supports educational, humanitarian, public affairs, and civil rights groups working on peaceful solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

IP TAKE: This foundation often gives to grassroots groups. An additional bonus: This foundation also likes to give grants for general operating support rather than to specific programs or projects. 

PROFILE: Based in Washington, D.C., the Foundation for Middle East Peace was established by Merle Thorpe, a D.C.-based lawyer and philanthropist. Since 1979, the foundation has awarded grants to “organizations and activities that contribute significantly to a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

In this regard, the Foundation for Middle East Peace supports educational, humanitarian, public affairs, and civil rights groups. On a smaller scale, it awards grants to groups addressing the needs of victims of the current and ongoing conflict in the region. The foundation’s primary areas of grantmaking interest in this space include: Settlements, Refugees, Jerusalem, Security, and Borders.

This grantmaker only awards about 30 grants per year; however, the foundation disseminates its funds across grassroots groups with missions closely aligned with its own. This funder rarely backs large international NGOs. 

Most grants are between $5,000 and $35,000, and are mostly awarded to U.S.-based organizations, with a few grants going to organizations located in Israel. The Foundation for Middle East Peace accepts grant applications on a rolling basis.

PEOPLE: 

  • Matthew Duss, President
  • Mitchell Plitnick, Vice President
  • Philip Sweigart, Program Director  

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