Foundation for Middle East Peace: Grants for Journalism

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

IP TAKE: This foundation often makes grants to grassroots groups. Additionally, FMEP prioritizes grants for general operating support rather than to specific programs or projects. 

PROFILE: Based in Washington, D.C., the Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP) was established by Merle Thorpe, a D.C.-based lawyer and philanthropist, in 1979. It seeks to “promote a just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” The foundation’s grants support organizations and activities that work toward that end.

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

FMEP 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 supports large international NGOs. 

Most grants range between $5,000 and $35,000, and are mostly awarded to U.S.-based organizations. However, a few grants support organizations located in Israel. Previous grantees include +972 Magazine and Just Vision; view more past grantees here. The Foundation for Middle East Peace accepts grant applications on a rolling basis.

To apply, send a proposal with a cover letter to info@fmep.org or mail a physical copy to the address on the foundation’s Contact Us page.

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