Green Environment Fund (GEF) awards grants to non-governmental
non-profit bodies that address environmental matters on the national level and
emphasize the following issues: open space, air, water, education,
environmental justice, and the environmental movement. GEF prefers to
support direct organizational action, rather than offer general organizational
support for infrastructure. Likewise, GEF does not fund research studies,
construction, publication of books, or acquisition of equipment.
Since its inception, GEF has
been a major supporter of traditional environmental work, at the grassroots and
regulatory level, fighting ecological degradation through education,
mobilization, and policy-change. On the first level, GEF will continue
supporting activities that mitigate environmental degradation by
advancing civil society initiatives throughout Israel. This includes supporting
environmental organizations that spearhead Israel's leading struggles against
air and water pollution, unfair land and building reforms, limited access to
public spaces and beaches, and more. Concurrently, on the second level,
GEF will gradually devote most of its resources to create solutions to further
environmental sustainability by advancing multi-sectored coalition-based
"think and do" strategies. This ecological innovation refers
to products and processes which advance sustainability and engage civil
society, governmental and private-business sectors in joint, pro-active
initiatives to meet pressing environmental needs.
No maximum grant amount has been set, though grants routinely range from
$5,000 to several tens of thousands of dollars, depending upon the scope of
the activity, size of the organization, length of the project, capacity of the
organization, complementary funding, etc.
GEF has a one-year budget; therefore, it awards grants for one year only. In
many cases, applications present an organization's long-term vision.
Regardless, it is the responsibility of the organization applying for long-term
support for a project to submit a renewed grant application each year. GEF
is not committed to approving any renewal request; these decisions are based
on quality of the application and reports, achievements during the previous
year, and other factors. There are no automatic grant renewals.
Small and local organizations whose activities are of a limited scope and
whose agenda focus on particular regions and local issues are welcome to
submit their applications to the SHELI Fund, which targets
Any organization interested in submitting a project proposal is requested to
contact us by telephone for initial clarification. In this way we will guide
organizations toward submission of applications that are focused and
correspond with GEF's priorities. If your idea is found suitable, you will
receive an application form. Applications may be submitted in English,
though a two-page summary must be submitted in Hebrew.
The Green Environment Fund has two grant cycles per year-in the spring
and fall. Applications for the spring cycle must be received in early spring
responses are conveyed in June. Applications for the fall cycle must be
received by early autumn and responses are conveyed in December. For