New Israel Fund: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: The New Israel Fund (NIF) focuses its grantmaking on human and civil rights, social and economic justice, freedom, and protecting Israel’s environment.

IP TAKE: The NIF gives broadly and it gives a lot. However, it awards grants on national, regional and local levels, so potential grantees can expect heavy competition.

PROFILE: The New Israel Fund is probably better known for its own work advocating for the rights of the people of Israel than it is for its grantmaking; however, the NIF makes grants to organizations “advancing equality for all Israelis.”

More specifically, NIF aims to “advance liberal democracy, including freedom of speech and minority rights, and to fight inequality, injustice, and extremism that diminish Israel,” through both its advocacy work and grantmaking. The fund focuses its grantmaking on four major programmatic areas on five focuses: human and civil rights, fostering a shared society and combating racismsocial and economic justice, religious freedom, and enhancing equality for Israeli-Palestinians.

The NIF supports a variety of organizations, from small to large, and even supports more innovative organizations that “mainstream organizations will support tomorrow.” NIF grant amounts vary widely, from less than $10,000 to upwards of $500,000. To learn more about the types of organizations receiving NIF support, explore their Grantees page. The page breaks down grantees by funding priority, but it does not offer information regarding grant amounts.

It is unclear whether the NIF accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry or requests for funding; however, given its detailed funding guidelines, grantseekers are advised to reach out.

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