Guidelines for Shoah Research, Education, Documentation and Film

The Claims Conference conducted an extensive multiyear review of critical needs in the areas of Shoah research, education and documentation as funding for this area is diminishing.

The Board of Directors, following the review, set forth a new funding framework.  Proposals will be evaluated for their significant long-term high impact in the fields of Shoah research, education and documentation.


Film Grant Application Guidelines

Areas not eligible for funding:

The Claims Conference will no longer support programs in the following areas:

  • Archival acquisition
  • Curriculum and educational materials
  • Educational visits for youth to Holocaust-related sites in Eastern Europe
  • Pre-service (student teacher) educator training programs
  • Educational visits for educators to Holocaust-related sites that are not a component of a larger educational training program.

The Claims Conference will continue to preclude funding to the following areas:

  • Monuments, memorials and cemeteries
  • Recording of oral histories
  • Student competitions and essay contests
  • Individual school projects or programs
  • Visual art exhibitions and fine arts projects
  • College or university courses
  • High school teaching hours and substitute teachers
  • Purchase of materials for general libraries
  • Conferences, except those of unique and exceptional merit
  • General operating budgets
  • Retroactive funding
  • Endowments
  • Publication of personal memoirs
  • Fundraising activities

Areas eligible for funding include:

  • Archival Cataloging and Accessibility Projects
  • Educational Programs (particularly in countries with weak infrastructure for Shoah education)
  • Educator Training Programs for In-Service Educators (including with visits to Holocaust-related sites)
  • Exhibitions
  • Films
  • Research & Publications

All applications must clearly articulate the following:

  • Need for the project
  • Type of project and target group
  • Professional ability of the applying institution
  • Reasonableness of the budget
  • Experts involved in project implementation
  • Ability of the applicant to commit to and/or raise matching funds
  • Substantive evaluative component (The evaluation must measure goals and potential outcomes of the program/project. Additionally, if a grant is awarded, the Claims Conference may request that the program undergo an independent evaluation upon completion.)

Note the following:

  • The Claims Conference will fund up to 40% of a project’s total cost with the grantee securing the remaining sources of funding.
  • Priority will be given to projects in parts of the world with weak infrastructure for Shoah-related education.
  • Programs outside of Holocaust-dedicated institutions will be funded for no more than 3 years.
  • Non-Holocaust dedicated institutions will be considered for only one project request per round.
  • In order to access awarded grant funds, copies of all receipts and/or paid invoices for expenses incurred toward the project must be submitted together with Claims Conference reporting forms. Grant funds will only be reimbursed for approved expenses incurred during the official grant period.

Specific guidelines for eligible areas are outlined below and should be reviewed prior to applying.

Archival Cataloging and Accessibility Projects

The Claims Conference will give preference to archival cataloging and accessibility projects that:

  • are implemented by Holocaust-dedicated institutions;
  • make cataloged materials electronically accessible to the public, barring legal or other compelling limitations.

Education Programs

The Claims Conference supports programs primarily in museums and educational institutions.

Educator Training Programs for In-Service Educators

The Claims Conference will only consider funding for educator training programs that:

  • target in-service educators who are authorized to teach about the Holocaust (This includes active educators from a variety of disciplines such as history, civics, social studies, literature, Jewish studies among other areas. Funding may also be provided for school administrators and influencers, including at the governmental level.);
  • prioritize middle and high school educators;
  • include a detailed program agenda and where relevant, a travel itinerary (subject to approval by the Claims Conference in advance of the program taking place);
  • require participants or their schools to contribute financially to the cost of the program (with some flexibility based on geographic considerations);
  • include preparatory readings and/or other assignments in advance of the program (with some flexibility based on institutional considerations);
  • include pedagogy and methodological content for all training programs;
  • include a plan for post-program support and alumni networking opportunities.

Funding will not be provided for:

  • one-day programs (with the exception of one-day seminars that are part of a component of a larger program and take place over an extended period);
  • cost of substitute teachers;
  • pre-service training programs;
  • early childhood teachers;
  • subsidies for educators to visit Holocaust-related sites who have previously participated in similar programs.


The Claims Conference will give preference to exhibitions that:

  • are adaptable for travel;
  • include an online version;
  • include educational materials (e.g. teacher’s guide);
  • ensure that the proposed exhibition is not duplicative of an existing exhibition (with some flexibility based on unique circumstances);
  • are hosted in a country or geographic region with limited Holocaust education.

Research & Publications

The Claims Conference supports research initiatives such as reference works, translations, monographs and academic journals, giving preference to:

  • projects focusing on significant areas of research that have not yet been sufficiently explored;
  • research projects made freely accessible online barring legal or other compelling limitations;
  • translation of critical texts, specifically in languages inaccessible to most scholars.