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Israel Quest (IQ) Grant

Grants to Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Jewish Teens for Trips to Israel

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Funding Source:

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The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington - United Jewish Endowment Fund (UJEF)

Deadline Date:

04/15/20 8:00 PM EDT


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Grants of up to $3,000 to Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia Jewish teens residing in the Greater Washington area for participation in experiential, peer-based programs in Israel. These need-based awards will be issued to youth to help offset the cost of approved Israel trips. This program seeks to enhance a teen’s connection to the Jewish community, Israel, and other Jewish teens.

Israel Quest (IQ) is rooted in the guiding principle that participation in a substantive peer-based Israel experience during a teen’s formative years can build a strong and lasting Jewish identity in the hearts and minds of youth.  IQ encourages teens to stay engaged through Jewish education and social programming to build this connection. 

Israel Quest funding can be used during high school or the summer thereafter. Approved Israel trips are those that meet the current guidelines for Israel Quest at the time a teen is ready to travel to Israel. Teen trips must provide a formative Jewish identity educational experience with significant travel throughout the country. The itinerary and activities of qualifying programs must offer participants a well-rounded exposure to the land, its cities, history and historic sites, society and culture. A trip may include other destinations in addition to spending specified time in Israel, however only days spent in Israel qualify for funding. Family, day school and congregational family trips are not approved trips.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179079

Estimated Size of Grant:

The amount of the IQ grant may not exceed 30% of the total trip price.

IQ will award grants as follows:
-$1,000 for teens enrolled in approved trips of 3 weeks in Israel.
-$1,850 for teens enrolled in approved trips of 4 to 5 weeks in Israel.
-$2,250 for teens enrolled in approved trips of 6-13 weeks in Israel.
-$3,000 for teens enrolled in approved trips of 14 weeks or longer in Israel.

Weeks are defined as 7 days in Israel, not the full length of a trip for those that include other destinations.

Term of Contract:

- Teen trips are eligible if they offer a minimum of 21 days in Israel.
- Israel Quest funding can be used during high school or the summer thereafter.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to apply, teens must meet the following criteria:
- Are Jewish, reside in the Greater Washington area, and want to travel to Israel during 9th - 12th grades or summers immediately thereafter (post-high school year course programs are ineligible).
- As IQ funds are limited, UJEF asks that the parents/guardians of a teen choosing to apply indicate that an IQ grant is financially required and would have a significant impact on their ability and decision to send their teen on the selected trip.
- Are officially registered for an Israel trip which is a teen, peer, substantive educational program that has been approved or qualifies for approval under current IQ guidelines. (Family, day school and congregational family trips are ineligible.)

Teen trips are eligible if they offer a minimum of 21 days in Israel and are for high school students only. Israel Quest funding can be used during high school or the summer thereafter. Year-course programs after high school graduation and programs beginning in the fall following 12th grade are ineligible.

Israel Quest funding does not apply to Israel programs that are part of the academic curriculum of a day school (e.g. CESJDS’s semester trip.) The grant may be used for a different peer Israel trip.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submission is April 15, 2020, 8:00 PM EDT

Applicants are encouraged to contact other organizations (e.g. congregations, youth groups, trip providers and camps) to inquire about available financial assistance.

Applicants are encouraged to submit the Israel Quest Grant application online as soon as possible to secure the grant and at least a month before the trip provider requires final payment.

Israel Quest funding may be available to local Jewish teens regardless of prior travel to Israel. However, a teen can only use Israel Quest funding one time. Funding is once per teen, not once per family.

Contact Information:

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

Online application:

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
6101 Executive Blvd.
Suite 100
North Bethesda, MD 20852

Grant Coverage Areas:

Greater Washington Area

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland;   Virginia;   Washington, DC


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