Eligibility, Criteria and Preferences

War in Ukraine

Due to the war in Ukraine, the following additional rules apply:


For Ukrainian organizations:

Ukrainian organizations can request funding for both humanitarian aid and regular projects.


Humanitarian aid

Requests for humanitarian aid should be sent to us by email at m.leeuwin@jhf.nl. Please note that we only provide humanitarian aid support to organizations that previously received a grant from us and who provide a solid request.


Grant applications for regular projects

Until further notice, Ukrainian organizations are exempt from the July 1st deadline and can submit requests for funding for one regular project throughout the year 2024 via our application form in the portal. 


For Russian organizations:

Russian organizations can apply for regular grants, but please be aware that international sanctions against Russia may impact the transfer of funds by JHF. There is a possibility that you may not be able to receive our grant.


For Belarusian organizations:

Belarusian organizations can apply for regular grants, but please be aware that transferring funds to Belarus may present challenges. There is a possibility that you may not be able to receive our grant.


Check your eligibility

To apply for a JHF grant, your organization must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be a registered organization. Individuals are not eligible to apply.
  • Your organization must not be established or registered in the Netherlands.
  • Your organization must not be connected to the Dutch-Jewish community in Israel.
  • Your organization must not have activities in the Netherlands.
  • Organizations primarily focused on granting funds are not eligible.
  • Local initiatives in countries other than Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) are generally not funded without a CEE focus.


What we do not fund:

  • Capital infrastructure projects.
  • For-profit projects.
  • Cleaning or restoration of graveyards.
  • Material support for Holocaust survivors.


Grant criteria

  • The project's geographic focus should be in Central and Eastern Europe.
  • The project should align with our objectives.
  • Applications must be submitted through our Portal before July 1st. This deadline will be strictly followed.
  • The project start date should be on or after January 1st of the following year.
  • The maximum grant request is 10,000 euros.
  • The grant period cannot exceed one year.
  • Organizations can submit only one application per year. Multiple applications from the same organization will not be considered.
  • At least 50% of the total project budget must be covered by co-funding, the organization's contribution, or both. Small organizations with less than 10,000 euros in annual expenses are exempt from this rule, but then at least 20% of the project budget must be covered by co-funding or the organization's own contribution, or both.
  • Co-funding from other sources is highly recommended. Projects with co-funding are preferred, and the lack of co-funding might result in rejection.
  • The cost estimates of the project should be credible and realistic.
  • The organization itself must be the beneficiary of the bank account.
  • Umbrella organizations can apply for a grant only if they implement the proposed project.


Applicant preferences

  • Local organizations in Central and Eastern Europe are strongly preferred.
  • Private institutions or organizations have priority over public or semi-public institutions or organizations.


Grant preferences

  • Projects targeting young people.
  • Projects focused on leadership training.