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EHF Announces 2015 Grantees

January 9, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 2, 2015
Contact: Rev. Bud Heckman, +1-202-387-9500
bheckman@elhibrifoundation.org
Director of Outreach, El-Hibri Foundation

El-Hibri Foundation Announces 2015 Grant Recipients

Washington, DC - As part of its ongoing mission to advance peace and respect for diversity, the El-Hibri Foundation (EHF) Board of Trustees is pleased to announce grant awards for the following organizations in 2015:

  1. America Abroad Media
  2. Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services (year one of a two-year grant)
  3. Augsburg College
  4. Children's Museum of Manhattan
  5. Faith Matters (d.b.a. Interfaith Voices)
  6. Interfaith Youth Core
  7. The Interfaith Observer
  8. International Interfaith Peace Corps
  9. KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights
  10. Mentors of Minorities in Education
  11. Religion Newswriters Foundation
  12. Religions for Peace USA
  13. Salam Institute for Peace and Justice
  14. Social Welfare Institutions - Dar Al Aytam
  15. Unity Productions Foundation
  16. One World Youth Project (year one of a three-year anchor grant)
  17. The Washington Center (year two of a three-year grant)

EHF provides grants to publicly funded, non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations for project or program support, organizational operating costs and capacity building.

The grant process commenced in the spring of 2014 with a Call for Letters of Intent (LOIs). This year, EHF received a record 184 LOIs, far exceeding past applicant pools by more than two-fold. At the Foundation’s request, the most qualified and mission-aligned applicants submitted full proposals. From this select group, the Board of Trustees awarded grants to 16 organizations.

In selecting 2015 grantees, EHF prioritized organizations advancing peace and respect for diversity. Priority consideration was given to peace education initiatives which engage youth, build capacity and/or demonstrate effectiveness. Similarly, priority consideration was given to organizations promoting respect for diversity through inter-religious dialogue and action, networking and advancing communication among thought leaders and/or promoting understanding of how Islam advances peace and respect for diversity.

The 2015 grantees are diverse.  Among the cohort are a public radio documentary on interreligious dialogue and peacemaking, a social justice and peace education after-school program, a training curricula and workbook on Islamic approaches to conflict resolution and a campaign to advance understanding of Muslims and Islam in Middle Tennessee.  

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the staff, Lynn Kunkle, Director of Grants and Peace Education, said “we were so pleased with the outstanding applicant pool and offer our deepest congratulations to selected grantees. We are proud to support their efforts and look forward to the important work that they will achieve in 2015.”

To learn more about previous EHF Grants and understand the grant application process, please visit the EHF Grants webpage.  The grant application cycle for 2016 will launch in March 2015.

About the El-Hibri Foundation

Founded by an American Muslim family, the El-Hibri Foundation supports peace education and interreligious cooperation through grants for promising groups, awards that recognize leadership and programs that promote learning and bridge-building. The El-Hibri Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation based in Washington, D.C.