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Religions for Peace USA is a collaborative, non-profit organization seeking to foster interfaith understanding.


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The Tannenbaum Center is a non-sectarian organization that promotes mutual respect through practical programs that bridge religious differences and combat prejudice in schools, workplaces, health care settings and areas of armed conflict.


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UPF's mission is "working for peace through media."  As an independent, non-profit educational media production organization, it seeks to build a better world by increasing understanding of and dialogue about the world's spiritual and cultural traditions.

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Established in 2003, the Muslim Community Network (MCN) works to strengthen and unify the diverse New York City Muslim community through education, collaboration and advocacy.

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In 2013, with the support of the El-Hibri Foundation, Americans for Informed Democracy (AIDemocracy) expanded its Hope Not Hate Project empowering youth as young global citizens by sparking dialogue around U.S.-Muslim relations, fostering interfaith understanding, and cultivating the skills youth need to envision and demand a more peaceful, healthy, just and sustainable world.


America Abroad Media (2015)

Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Service (2015)

Augsburg College (2015)

Children's Museum of Manhattan (2015)

Faith Matters, Inc. (d.b.a. Interfaith Voices) (2015)

Interfaith Youth Core (2015)

International Interfaith Peace Corps, Inc (2015)

KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights (2015)

Mentors of Minorities in Education (2015)

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Salam Institute for Peace and Justice (2015)

Dar Al Aytam Al Islamiyah (2015)

The Interfaith Observer (2015)

Unity Productions Foundation (2015)

One World Youth Project (2015)

Washington Center (2015)

Alliance for Peacebuilding (2014)

Oslo Center US Foundation (2014)

Persephone Productions, Inc. (2014)

AU Center for Peacebuilding & Development (2014)

Washington Center (2014)

Hartford Seminary (2014)

Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights (2014)

American Muslim Health Professionals (2014)

Aspen Institute (2014)

Unity Productions Foundation (2014)

Augsburg College (2014)

Soliya (2014)

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Clergy Beyond Borders (2013)

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Interfaith Youth Core (2013)

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Muslim Community Network (2013)

Religions for Peace USA (2013)

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Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding (2013)

Washington Center (2013)

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Hearts with Haiti (2012)

Dar Al Aytam Al Islamiyah (2012)

Augsburg College (2012)

Peace X Peace (2012)

Clergy Beyond Borders (2012)

Fons Vitae of Kentucky, Inc. (2012)

International Peace Research Association Foundation (2012)

Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding (2012)

Unity Productions Foundation (2012)

Islamic Networks Group (2012)

Alliance for Peacebuilding (2012)

Interfaith Youth Core (2012)

Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights (2012)

Americans for Informed Democracy (2012)

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The Foundation provides grants promoting peace and respect for diversity to publicly funded, non-profit 501 (c)(3) organizations based in the US for project support, organizational operating costs and capacity building. The duration of most grants is one year.  

All EHF grant giving is managed through an annual, two-stage application process. The first stage includes submission of a short “Letter of Intent” (LOI) by interested grant applicants.  After review by the EHF staff and Board, a limited number of applicants will be invited to submit full grant proposals.

In 2015, the Foundation will accept LOI proposals on the selected topics outlined below in the section 2015 Grant Focal Areas. LOI proposals on these topics can be submitted through the online application form between May 1 to June 25.   Final applicants receive notification of grant awards in December 2015, with funding beginning in January 2016.  The El-Hibri Foundation does not award discretionary (out of cycle) or interim grants.  

Click here for a list of previous EHF grants.


The online 2015 LOI application form will be here.  Submissions must be received between May 1 and June 25, 2015. For an explanation of how to apply, click here

2015 Grant Focal Areas

In 2015, EHF will only award new grants addressing the following topics.  If an organization’s LOI proposal does not address one of the topics outlined below, it will not be considered.

1. Demonstrating the impact of peace education on youth through careful assessment: While peacebuilding practitioners and educators generally make efforts to evaluate the effectiveness of their work, the field continues to struggle to prove definitively its impact and cost-effectiveness, including replicating results in variable contexts.  Research about peacebuilding rarely involves control groups or controlled comparison of different types of interventions. 

Through grant making, EHF is interested in helping organizations plan and implement rigorous evaluation activities that will help them fine-tune their programs and demonstrate the value of their work.  Lessons learned about peacebuilding activities that are not effective may also be just as valuable as findings of effectiveness. Funding will be available for the design and implementation of evaluations focused on peacebuilding activities involving young people in formal school settings or in informal (non-school or community) settings.  Grant applications are also welcome for efforts to share information and best practices about lessons learned from rigorous evaluation of peace education programs involving youth. For proposals looking to share the lessons learned from a previous evaluation, the evaluation’s findings should also be included with the LOI proposal.


2. Understanding the relationship between peacebuilding, the social neurosciences and experimental psychology: With recent access to new technologies, leading neuroscientists are putting the most sophisticated tools available to the task of understanding how the brain processes experience in ways that shape tendencies toward cooperation or confrontation.  Experimental psychologists are also producing findings about personal cognition, social norms and group dynamics that profoundly affect human behavior.  As a result, there is a growing body of research and an emerging understanding of the neurobiological and social underpinnings of key processes and experiences, such as fear, trauma, bias, memory, empathy, exclusion and humiliation, many of which are driven by unconscious cognitive processes. These findings offer a new framework or lens for addressing persistent challenges faced in conflict transformation, reconciliation, and peacebuilding.

EHF is interested in funding projects that advance understanding of and collaboration between or among the cognitive and social neurosciences and experiential psychology to advance peacebuilding practices.  Priority consideration will be given to projects involving collaboration between peacebuilding practitioners and scholars and researchers, particularly efforts to more effectively evaluate peacebuilding activities in relation to brain functions and group dynamics.  Applications focused on identifying peacebuilding best practices in relation to brain functionality are also welcome.


3. Disseminating information about the shared values of the Abrahamic traditions—Judaism, Christianity and Islam: News media are full of disturbing stories and images about conflict and violence carried out in the name of religion. Yet the “Abrahamic” religions share many values and teachings that promote mutual understanding, respect and cooperation while eschewing intolerance, conflict and violence.  Moreover, many Muslims, Jews and Christians work together to advance dialogue and collaborative activities across religious borders, reinforcing their embrace of common values that advance respect for diversity and peacebuilding.

EHF is interested in facilitating inter-religious understanding and cooperation by providing grants for activities that illuminate and underscore shared values among the Abrahamic religions.  Priority will be given to applications that focus on disseminating information about positive, prosocial, shared values and activities using diverse communications tools, strategies and platforms.   Applications may focus on sharing information about shared values research, dialogue or collaborative joint activities involving Muslims, Christians and/or Jews.


Defining Peace Education 

We define peace education broadly.  In our view, it encompasses a range of activities undertaken in a variety of settings designed to build peaceful communities:

  • In formal school settings, peace education addresses how teachers teach and what they teach.  Peace education curricula focus on conflict analysis, conflict transformation, peacebuilding and skills associated with the non-violent resolution of conflict.  It considers how violent conflict begins and ends and how it affects individuals, social groups and societies.  Peace education advances a vision of wellbeing based on respect for human dignity, human differences and human rights. 
  • In informal (non-school) community settings, peace education raises awareness about the causes of conflict, identifies appropriate interventions and builds practical skills relating to the management, resolution or transformation of conflict.  Some approaches to community peacebuilding are based on models of reconciliation, social reconstruction or social justice.  Peace education strives to make the non-violent resolution of conflict and the appreciation of difference cultural norms that are widely embraced by communities.


Defining Respect for Diversity

We define respect for diversity in relation to interreligious understanding and cooperation, starting from the premise that diversity is an asset, not a problem.  In our view, promoting respect for diversity encompasses a range of activities undertaken in a variety of settings designed to build understanding and respect among people of diverse religious and non-religious identities. 

In both formal and informal settings, interreligious understanding and cooperation is advanced through people creating relationships, identifying and affirming pro-social values and resources, developing and sharing educational resources, engaging in cultural arts and exchanges, fostering positive and credible media images and messages and solving problems together for the common good.

EHF advances widely defined activities addressing multiple faith communities working toward interreligious understanding.  It prioritizes funding for activities that facilitate public understanding of American Muslim communities, building interfaith relationships with American Muslim communities and demonstrating how Islam advances peace and respect for diversity. 


Click here to review the 2015 LOI Selected Topics.

All applicants seeking grant funding should keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • Grantees must be publicly funded, non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations registered in the United States.
    • EHF does not provide support to individuals, except through its annual Peace Education Prize and Scholarships.
  • Funding is limited to activities undertaken primarily in the United States.
    • EHF supports activities or projects that are not limited to a single geographic location, but rather have the potential to scale up on a wider state, regional, national or international basis, or provide benefit to a broader population.  An exception to this is made for projects focusing on peacebuilding in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
  • Funds are available primarily for project or program support.
    • To a lesser degree, funding is also available for organizational capacity building and operational costs.
    • EHF does not support capital expenditures (building maintenance and repair) or grants for influencing legislation or the outcome of any specific public election or carrying on (directly or indirectly) of any voter registration drive, or the regranting of EHF grant funds to another organization.
  • The duration of most grants is one year.
    • On a limited case by case basis, the Foundation awards grants for two or more years. 
  • First-time applicants are advised to submit proposals seeking support for activities from $5,000 to no more than $30,000.
    • The average grant amount for successful first-time applicants is less than $20,000.
    • The average grant amount varies according to the needs of the grantee.
  • An organization may submit only one application per EHF grant cycle.
    • Exceptions are made for very large organizations, such as universities, which may submit one application per department or program.

For more about the application process, click here.