Applications are submitted for review to the Claims Conference on a semi-annual basis. The application forms can be found in the Claims Conference Grantee Portal at claimsconference.fluxx.io. Application deadline information and funding guidelines are available both on the Claims Conference website and the Grantee Portal.
The application review and approval process takes between 6-8 months.
In social services, the main priorities include: homecare/housekeeping services, case management, food programs, transportation, health and medical related services, 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. Capital projects are funded in consultation with relevant government ministries.
For some 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. 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.
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.