Violet Jabra Charitable Trust: Grants for Film

OVERVIEW: The Violet Jabra Charitable Trust fosters work that supports a greater understanding of Middle Eastern culture across the United States.

IP TAKE: This funder prioritizes smaller, local organizations rather than larger international organizations.

PROFILE: Dr. Linda Jacobs established the Violet Jabra Charitable Trust in 2007 to honor her mother. The foundation works to improve the “[l]ives of people in developing countries of the Middle East and to foster greater understanding of Middle Eastern culture in the United States.” Areas of grantmaking interest include economic development, health, environment, peace initiatives, microfinance, social entrepreneurship, education, reproductive health and women’s welfare.

The foundation’s film related grantmaking centers on the Middle East. Part of promoting a deeper understanding of Middle East issues and culture includes promoting or producing “[f]ilms, film series, art exhibitions, blogs or popular books.” The trust also supports academic research.

Grant amounts range from $1,000 to $50,000. The Jacob Burns Film Center is a past Jabra grantee. The center received funding for is Middle East Film series. To learn more about the types of organizations the trust supports and at what level, explore its Recent Grants page. Grantmaking tends to prioritize work benefitting or occurring in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Palestine, Yemen, Egypt and North Africa. Applications focusing on other countries such as Afghanistan or Turkey are also eligible for grant funding, but not prioritized.

The Violet Jabra Charitable Trust accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry on a rolling basis. It accepts full proposals by invitation only.


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