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. 

For an example of this effort, click here