General Guidelines for the Institutional Grants Program

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Application Review and Assessment

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.

Shelter and Social Services

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:

  • The type and nature of the needs of the vulnerable Jewish Nazi victims in each country;
  • The number of Jewish Nazi victims currently served by the organization;
  • Unmet homecare needs of Jewish Nazi victims served by the organization or on a wait list for service;
  • The level of government services and social safety nets;
  • The availability of other resources (e.g., restitution, compensation, philanthropic and governmental);
  • Types of services being provided;
  • Track record of the organization if previous grants have been awarded;
  • Reasonableness of the budget and the cost of providing services;
  • Professional standards of organization (e.g., service delivery, budgets, results of audits, etc.).

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:

  • Registered as a nonprofit entity;
  • Licensed by the register of associations, i.e. that the institution is a public nonprofit organization with proper management;
  • Licensed by the appropriate Ministry (e.g. Ministry of Health for nursing beds, skilled nursing beds and mentally frail beds or the Ministry of Welfare for frail beds);
  • In compliance with a non-entrance fee policy.

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:

  • The Claims Conference does not fund 100% of the cost of any project. For capital projects, our contribution does not exceed 50%;
  • The Claims Conference does not underwrite running costs of institutions;
  • The Claims Conference does not underwrite deficits;
  • The Claims Conference does not fund capital projects outside of Israel. Capital projects are contingent upon the placement of a lien on the property insuring that the institution continues to operate for the benefit of Nazi victims for 18 years from the date of the grant. Certain limited capital projects may be considered for minor capital improvements that directly facilitate the delivery of social services to Nazi victims in economically distressed countries, not to exceed $10,000 on a matching basis.

Please review updated guidelines for Shoah research, education and documentation projects. 



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.