Genesis Prize Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality Grant Competition Winners Announced in Israel.

On September 4, 2018, The Genesis Prize Foundation, in partnership with the Morris Kahn Foundation, announced winners of the Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality grant initiative. A total of thirty-seven Israeli women’s rights NGOs will receive $1 million in Genesis Prize grants.jhjh

Grants are funded by the annual Genesis Prize award, doubled to $2 million in 2018 by prominent Israeli philanthropist Morris Kahn. Grant recommendations were reviewed and endorsed by an advisory committee that included representatives of Morris Kahn and the inaugural Genesis Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The Israel grant competition was administered by Matan-United Way Israel and focused on four priority areas:

  • Socio-Economic Participation and Opportunity for women
  • Creating Gender Equality, particularly around marriage and divorce
  • The Rights and Status of Women from Minority Groups
  • Empowering Women to Resist Violence.

Within two weeks of the competition announcement, Israeli NGOs submitted a record number of more than 220 applications, demonstrating an enthusiastic commitment to gender equality among Israel’s civil society, as well as a strong demand for funding in this sector.  A matching grants competition in North America is under way with a November 2018 deadline for applications.

The Israel grants serve women and girls across all geographies, social strata, ethnic and religious groups in Israel, including Arab, Bedouin, Druze and Jewish communities. Israelis of Ethiopian descent, Russian-speaking and LGBT women are also represented.  Seventy-five percent of programs will fund nationwide activity, with the remaining grants focusing on regional programs in the North and South of Israel, as well as in East Jerusalem.

A full list of thirty-seven winning Israeli organizations and their projects that will receive funding in 2018-20 can be found here