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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits to Address
the Needs of Israel and the International Jewish Community

Israel-World Jewry Bureau (IWJB)

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Birmingham Jewish Foundation (BJF)

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International qualifying nonprofit organizations for impactful activities that address significant needs of Israel or Jews around the world. Funding is intended to support programs and projects in areas that include, but are not limited to, economic development, anti-Semitism, social services, and worldwide Jewish needs. To be eligible, applicants must be affiliated with a US charitable organization or receive approval from a specified national Jewish organization.

The Israel-World Jewry Bureau is a unique allocations process, developed in 2004, that has allowed The Birmingham Jewish Federation to help fund smaller, yet equally important agencies, doing vital work for people in need in Israel and around the world.

Through the Israel-World Jewry Bureau allocations process, these funds are not only making an important difference in the lives of those helped by the Bureau, but also enable members of the Birmingham community to work in direct partnership with their  brothers and sisters in Israel and elsewhere around the globe.

Proposed programs and projects must have an impact on many people for a limited amount of money. In addition, the request must be solely for Israel or World Jewry.

The Israel-World Jewry Bureau of The Birmingham Jewish Federation gives preference to grant requests from organizations/agencies that focus on their 9 targeted areas:

  • Israeli Security Needs & Security Needs Elsewhere
  • Social Services
  • Portrayal of Israel in Media
  • Anti-Semitism
  • Strengthening the connection between the people of Birmingham and the people of Israel and the Jewish World
  • Threat of a Nuclear Iran
  • World Wide Jewish Needs
  • Economic Development
  • Immigration and Absorption

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GrantWatch ID#: 200577

Estimated Size of Grant:

For informational purposes only: In 2019, $166,000 was allocated between 16 organizations. Most grants awarded were between $1,000 and $5,000, and not all organizations that applied were awarded grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Israel-World Jewry Bureau accepts allocations from organizations all around the world, but federal legislation requires that all recipient agencies be affiliated with a US charitable organization or receive approval from the Jewish Federations of North America through its oversight process. Agencies applying for funding must have a local community advocate.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Grantee must be a 501(c)(3) – mandatory.
- They must have an “American arm” or “Friends of…” Or, if they do not have this, the grantee must be approved by Jewish - Federations of North America (JFNA)* Every organization that applies for IWJB is sent for vetting by IWJB staff member to JFNA.
- Preference will be given to organizations with an established Local Advocate and/or a strong Birmingham community history/affiliation.

Activities and Agencies that the IWJB is reluctant to fund:
- Religious institution
- Political groups/organizations/campaigns

Pre-Application Information:

Please complete the Request Form (Step 1) by January 14th 2022.

Select organizations will be invited to complete a full application for consideration by the IWJB committee. The IWJB staff member will notify you if your application makes it to the next step. Please be patient and do not check on your application status as this might take a few weeks for vetting and for the IWJB committee to meet. You will probably be notified sometime in February 2022.

Most organizations are brought to the IWJB committee by community members who either have an existing relationship with the organizations or find them compelling enough to want to pursue sending Birmingham dollars to assist them. That community member serves as the “Local Advocate” for the organization.

Contact Information:

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

Please submit the online request form:

For questions, please contact Florina Newcomb at

The Birmingham Jewish Federation
3966 Montclair Road
Birmingham, Al 35213
(205) 879-0416

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