The 2022 Grant Cycle

The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity is pleased to launch its inaugural grantmaking cycle with a series of grants that honor the life work of Elie Wiesel. In his lifetime, Elie Wiesel had many impactful careers, and this year’s grants will honor two of those: his work as an EDUCATOR and his work as an ACTIVIST. The Foundation looks forward to partnering with organizations whose efforts are grounded by Elie Wiesel’s values and the Foundation’s mission.

Mission

The Foundation’s mission, rooted in the memory of the Holocaust, is to combat indifference, intolerance and injustice through international dialogue and youth-focused programs that promote acceptance, understanding and equality.

2022 Program Portfolios and Priorities

EDUCATOR

  • The EDUCATOR portfolio honors Elie Wiesel’s commitment to education by supporting programs connected to moral education grounded in Jewish education.
  • As Elie wrote, “Whatever the answer to essential questions of society and individual human beings may be, education is surely its major component. But what would education be without its ethical dimension? Many of us believe them to be inseparable.”
  • The Foundation is interested in considering grants at any level of educational impact, and it seeks to support programs and projects that foster dialogue, especially in innovative ways.

ACTIVIST

  • The Foundation’s ACTIVIST portfolio honors Elie Wiesel’s human rights work. As he said, “Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitives become irrelevant. Whenever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.”
  • In 2022, EWF’s ACTIVIST grants will focus on programs to restore the rights and dignity of the Uyghur population.

Grant Guidelines

Eligibility and Restrictions

Grant Number and Size

  • The Foundation’s 2022 grant cycle will award one or more grants in each portfolio. Grants will range in size from $50,000 to $200,000.

Grantee Organizations

  • The Foundation only funds 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service. Organizations that primarily work abroad must have a US 501(c)(3) or US-based fiscal sponsor at the time of application.
  • No grants will be made to individuals, for loans, or to private foundations.
  • Grantee organizations must also demonstrate that they can carry out the program or project for which they seek funding, and that they adhere to sound financial and governance practices to steward the Foundation’s funds.

Support for Israel

  • The Foundation does not fund organizations that demonize Israel in any way including campaigning against investment in Israel.

Type of Grant Support

  • Grants will be for one year and made only for specific programs that fit within the Foundation’s programmatic portfolios.
  • The Foundation will not consider applications for general operating support or capital projects.
  • Grantee organizations must be in good standing with the IRS, and requested grant funds may be used only for charitable activities, in accordance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

What to Expect Working with The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity

  • Grantees can expect standard written reporting requirements as well as communication with Foundation staff and/or board members during the one-year grant.
  • The Foundation seeks to truly partner with the grantees it selects, and together the Foundation hopes to foster activities that meaningfully honor Elie Wiesel’s legacy.
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