Applications are submitted for review to the Claims Conference on a semi-annual basis. The application forms, as well as the deadline information, and funding guidelines are available on the Claims Conference website.
In shelter and social services, the main priorities include: homecare/housekeeping services, case management, food programs, transportation, health and medical related services, shelter and healthcare institutions in Israel, emergency assistance programs, and socialization programs.
In evaluating social service applications, the staff looks at several items such as:
In addition to the internal staff review, many projects are also assessed by outside professionals. Generally, capital investment projects in Israel are reviewed by an Israeli government-led committee known as the Inter-Institutional Committee. This Committee, which the Claims Conference was instrumental in creating, consists of representatives of the Ministries of Health, Welfare, and Finance; Eshel (Association for Planning and Development of Services for the Aged in Israel); Bituach Leumi (National Social Insurance System); the Claims Conference; and a representative of the Centre of Organizations of Holocaust Survivors in Israel.
The Committee makes recommendations concerning projects based on professional standards and the need for the project in the area, and ensures the financial commitment of government and public funds, thus enabling the Claims Conference to leverage its resources.
To receive funding from the Inter-Institutional Committee, each institution must be:
Other capital projects are funded in consultation with relevant government ministries. Specific Guidelines for Capital Projects in Israel are available.
For projects in Eastern Europe, the Claims Conference consults with country directors from the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) who possess hands-on knowledge of the locality, communities, infrastructure and local personalities and are often in a position to provide advice and recommendations.
After the analysis of the applications is completed, recommendations are formulated taking into account (with flexibility) the following general funding guidelines:
All project proposals are required to include a plan for evaluating the project and all evaluations shall be shared with the Claims Conference. For applications for funding of above $250,000, the grant recipient will be required to present for Claims Conference approval a detailed plan and budget line for an evaluation, which may be conducted internally by the institution. The evaluation plan should be included in the original application but may be amended with the agreement of the Claims Conference as the project develops. For certain designated major projects the Claims Conference may require that an independent evaluation be carried out.