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Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Local Grants

Grants to Israel Nonprofits and IHEs to Advance Civil
Liberties and Promote Economic Development

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U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Office of Assistance Coordination (NEA/AC)

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02/25/20 5:00 PM ET


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Grants to Israel nonprofit organizations, NGOs, and academic institutions for projects that protect and advance civil liberties, and promote economic development. Funding is intended to support activities that empower underserved groups, strengthen policy collaborations, build leadership skills, promote civic education, and support equity. Target beneficiaries will be from periphery communities and disadvantaged groups, as well as relevant key policy figures.

The goal of the program is to support civil society organizations in (1) developing, promoting, and implementing locally-designed solutions to self-identified environmental, economic, or social problems through civic engagement or economic participation; (2) fostering inclusive economic growth that reaches marginalized communities, youth, and women; (3) advancing participatory governance through promoting citizens’ engagement and decision-makers’ willingness to work with citizen groups and civil society organizations; (4) improving civil society’s representation of the needs of citizens through collective action on the local level; (5) working towards gender parity in economics and/or politics; (6) increasing youth engagement in meaningful economic and civic activities; and (7) fostering innovative approaches to solving social, economic, or political issues.

In addition to the overarching MEPI objectives and requirements identified above, projects must meet Israel-specific project priority areas as outlined below:

  • Economic empowerment of disadvantaged groups through advocacy, skills training that leads to job placement, integrating into high-tech and entrepreneurial ecosystem, regional cooperation, and industrial/tech zones.
  • Strengthening policing partnerships with local authorities and relevant key holders, especially in communities that have protested the prevalence of violence and lack of police support.
  • Building leadership skills and professional capacities through non-partisan projects for diverse political and social activists.
  • Promoting awareness of rights and civic education within the Bedouin community, with particular emphasis on women.
  • Working towards gender parity and enhancing the participation of women and minority communities in political life and civil society in advancing peace and security issues.

For additional information about country-specific funding priorities, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 150581

Estimated Size of Grant:

Estimated award ceiling: $200,000
Estimate award floor: $100,000

Term of Contract:

Estimate length of project period: 12-36 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Specific eligibility requirements:
- NGO’s or non-profit institutions including academia with headquarters based in Israel
- Must be registered with the Israeli Ministry of Justice
- Implementers of a MEPI Local Grant with a current MEPI project still under implementation by August 1, 2020 are not eligible to apply to this funding opportunity.
- Priority will be given to applicants with at least two years of experience.

Applicants may submit only one (1) application. Applicants are encouraged to have existing private sector or government partnerships when relevant.

For a list of unallowable costs, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

The US Embassy in Israel will hold the following information sessions:

Jerusalem – Tuesday January 21st, 2020
12:00-13:30 at The American Center on 19 Keren Hayesod Street.

Tel Aviv – Thursday January 23rd, 2020
10:00-12:00 in Tel Aviv. Location TBD

Nazareth – Friday January 24th, 2020
10:00-12:00 at Maaof- Nazareth Business Incubator
Paulus the sixth st., N 87
The White Center Building 6th floor.

Please register by January 20, 2019 through the following link:

Each organization can be represented by one person only. Space is limited.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be time stamped before 5:00 PM Eastern Time (ET) on February 25, 2020. Applicants must submit their complete application materials electronically through or via email to the address below.

The deadline for questions if January 24, 2020, 5:00 PM ET. The expected date of notification is September 30, 2020.

Applicants must have a valid DUNS number and be registered with

Applications must be submitted in English.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Questions must be submitted in writing to the above email address. Contact Center
(800) 518-4726

U.S. Embassy Jerusalem
14 David Flusser
Jerusalem 9378322, Israel
Phone: 02-630-4000

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