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IPMN Grants

IPMN Grants for 2018 – 2019


Projects Based in Palestine and Israel

American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (AFEDJ)
Dr. Maher AyyadAFEDJ is requesting a grant to support a program to treat and heal malnourished and underweight children at Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza. The grant will provide the full cost of treating twenty (20) malnourished/underweight children and provide education and food assistance to their families. The full course of treatment will be delivered by the hospital over a period of six months. 
Grant approved - $5,000 
photo at right: Dr. Maher Ayyad with young mother
tomatoesAmerican Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA)
ANERA is requesting this grant to support their program “Sustainable Harvests and Incomes in Gaza.” Since 2010, ANERA’s Gaza food security program has worked to improve access to healthy foods and increase household income of Gaza’s most marginalized and food-insecure families. Centered around the construction of a greenhouse for each family, the program promotes more efficient use of limited land and water resources and longer growing seasons. Since the beginning, the program has improved the health and livelihoods of 87 families, most of whom continue to reap the harvest of their greenhouses. 
Grant approved - $5,000
photo: picking tomatoes inside a greenhouse in Gaza
College Students Bethlehem
Bright Stars of Bethlehem
Bright Stars continues to support the work of the Diyar Consortium and programs through the Christmas Lutheran Church, including the Dar al-Kalima University, accredited in 2013 as a four year (BA) institution dedicated to arts and culture and education for Palestinian students seeking economical and self-sustaining futures in their homeland. 
Grant approved - $2,500 
photo at right: college students at Dar al-Kalima 
najlaChurches for Middle East Peace (CMEP)
CMEP is planning a women’s summit “And Still We Rise: Elevating Global Voices for a Just Middle East” in the spring of 2021. This grant will support the planning process beginning in early 2020 and will include funding of organizational meetings with potential speakers and partners. Participants will include Palestinian civil society leaders from organizations like Al Haq, Adameer, Adalah, Bisan Center, WICLAC and others. Women leaders from Israeli human rights groups will also be invited. 
Grant approved - $2,500
photo at left: And Still We Rise CMEP summit, 2019, Rev. Najla Kassab, President of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) and Director of the Christian Education Department for the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL) 
Kayan Feminist Organization
Three women with anti violence signKayan envisions a secure and just society free of gender-based discrimination, in which Arab Palestinian women in Israel enjoy full and equitable opportunities for self-actualization, and take a leading and active part in society through realizing their individual and collective rights. The grant will support a project to prevent and protect against the sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) to which Palestinian women in Israel are often subjugated. For Palestinian women in Israel, who live in a complex socio-political environment, in which they are marginalized minorities in an oppressive state and women in a patriarchal society, violence takes many forms including physical, sexual, legal, economic, social, and political ones. 
Grant approved - $5,000
photo at right: Women with anti- violence sign

image001Wi’Am, the Palestinian Conflict Transformation Center
Wi’Am works to strengthen local communities in the Bethlehem area and to support them in tackling increased family breakdowns and community tensions created by the current situation. Wi'am is rooted in the belief that helping people resolve their personal conflicts creates a culture of acceptance of others as they are. The Ministry of Reconciliation project is based on the premise of mediating conflicts at the community level that will tackle deep-seated and rising conflicts to bring about peaceful resolutions by enhancing social harmony and friendly environments. The activities will meet the human need for friendly relations and justice which preserves the dignity of each person in order to foster “normal” (non-deviant, non-violent behavior. The project will provide field mediation for personal and family conflicts, counseling sessions in cases of domestic violence and organize community meetings to discuss cases of conflicts, areas of intervention and ways of promoting reconciliation. 
Grant approved - $6,000


Projects Based in the United States

ICPR displayInterfaith Community for Palestinian Rights (ICPR)
ICPR is a non-profit organization in the Austin, TX area with the goal to promote peace with justice and security for all people in the Middle East … and to encourage universal cooperation to realize fulfillment of all legal rights of Palestinians in accord with international law and United Nations resolutions. This group began in 2000 as a study group led by an Episcopalian and has grown to include Presbyterians (several IPMN members), Methodists, Lutherans, Jews and Muslims.
ICPR is requesting a grant to help sponsor “Go and See” trips to Israel/Palestine to see the facts on the ground for themselves. The targeted participants for these trips would be key Presbyterian leaders – pastors and elders – in the Central Texas area. Each participant would commit to education and sharing within their own and other churches about their experiences. ICPR works closely with FOSNA. 
Grant approved - $4,500

JHJP logo textJoining Hands for Justice in Palestine and Israel (JHJPI)
JHJPI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit in the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta. It is an ecumenical and interfaith organization that holds a series of educational events through the year. This grant is requested to support a pilot project that will develop a series of programs to be given at the many seminaries in the Atlanta area around the issues of anti-Palestinian and anti-Semitism. It is hoped that these programs will provide a greater understanding of the volatility in the Middle East, equip Christian leaders and seminarians to advocate for justice, liberation, and equality for our neighbors in Israel/Palestine. 
Grant approved - $6,000
PalestinePortalLogo verticalPalestine Portal / Kairos U.S.A.
Kairos U.S.A. is requesting this grant to hire a part-time consultant to assist them to expand the reach of Palestine Portal and to further populate the online sections of Mapping the Movement. Since Kairos is a voluntary organization, it is often necessary to engage professional help to move forward in particular areas. IPMN was instrumental in helping Kairos U.S.A. to get Palestine Portal in place beginning in 2013.  
Grant approved - $3,500




Total = $40,000

November 2019





Mission Goals and Grants Criteria

Mission Goals

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“In joyful obedience to the call of Christ, and in solidarity with churches and our other partners in the Middle East, this network covenants to engage, consolidate, nourish, and channel the energy in the Presbyterian Church (USA) toward the goal of a just peace in Israel/Palestine by facilitating education, promoting partnerships, and coordinating advocacy. Our network speaks TO the Church, not FOR the Church.”

Established by action of the 2004 General Assembly of the PCUSA, the Israel/Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) encourages congregations and presbytery mission committees, task groups and other entities, toward specific mission goals that will create currents of wider and deeper involvement with Israel/Palestine.  Though our mandate establishes a Palestine Mission Network to advocate for Palestinian rights, we believe our efforts are in the interests of both Israelis and Palestinians and for this reason, have included both peoples in the name of our network. Additionally, Israel (under 1967 borders) is home to over a million Palestinians for whom we also advocate.

The Israel/Palestine Mission Network is an opportunity for Presbyterians throughout the country and at all levels of the church to coordinate ongoing efforts and discover new ones.  Ultimately, we aim to support our church partners in Palestine to:

  • Strengthen Christian social institutions.
  • Create jobs and promote economic development
  • Maintain schools and hospitals
  • Enable affordable and safe housing in Palestine.
  • Build interfaith and intercultural relationships among Christians, Muslims, and/or Jews.

Grants Criteria 

NEW FOR 2019

All recipients of future IPMN grants must provide adequate vetting information to assure both IPMN and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that all church and U.S. governmental fiduciary responsibilities are being met. No grant applications will be accepted without this information at the time of submitting the application.

  • The applying organization must be a partner organization of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) or be willing to contact designated Palestinian partners for the purpose of vetting prior to submitting the application. Please contact IPMN if you need more details or the name of who to contact.
  • If the applying organization is its own US non-profit 501(c)(3) organization OR has a partner relationship with a US non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, a copy of the non-profit W-9/TIN paper must be included with the application. Whenever possible, all grants will be sent to the US non-profit with the grantee responsible for any fees associated with the processing of the grant check by the non-profit.
  • The Project must have a clearly defined purpose that meets basic human needs, and it must be in accordance with the mission goals and policies of IPMN.
  • The Project must address the needs in one of four areas:
    1. Human need,
    2. Economic development,
    3. Education, including helping people to understand the nature of the Middle East and the conflicts involved therein, or
    4. Build interfaith and intercultural relationships among Christians, Muslims, and/or Jews.
  • The Project must provide a form of aid that relates directly to the people being served.
  • The Project must show how it will be evaluated, both internally and externally.  Each project will provide evaluation information to IPMN, and where possible, IPMN personnel will make an on-site visit to the project.
  • Only one grant may be given to any one project, although the projects do not have to be completed in a single year. An organization may apply for grants for different projects it sponsors.
  • The project may not be used for payment of current debt, for creating or maintaining revolving loan funds, nor to fund a permanent endowment.  Neither can the funds requested be used as part of a general operating budget.  The amount of the request must be between $1,000.00 and $6,000.00 (USD).

The Application must:

  • Provide a brief description of the sponsoring organization/church/NGO, its goals and how the project relates to those goals.
  • Describe how the project will improve the lives of people to be served – now and in the future.
  • Indicate how the project will work with and enhance the quality of life of women, children, youth, young adults, persons of diverse races/ethnicities, and/or persons with disabilities.
  • List all other sources of money being requested, already awarded or available from other sources for this project.
  • Include a budget for the project
  • Describe how the program will continue after the grant (if received) is spent.
  • Include a letter of recommendation from a local church or NGO for this project. How is this project related to the church or NGO? The letter of recommendation must include the relationship to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). If this is not possible, the applicant must agree to work with a Palestinian partner, designated by IPMN, to vet the project and the organization; the designated partner will provide a vetting document to IPMN.
  • Be signed by the writer of the proposal and another person responsible for this project on the ground, such as the board chairperson.


The Application Process:

  • The filing deadline for all applications is July 15, 2019.
  • All decisions will be made by November 15, 2019 and are final.
  • The funds granted will be for the years 2018 - 2019 and will arrive as soon as possible but no sooner than January 31, 2020.
  • Further information about IPMN and application forms are available at the IPMN website:
The full application will include one digital copy and one hard copy (faxed or mailed) of the following documents:
  • Completed application form (including US partnership and banking information). Click here for application form.
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Budget (must be in U.S. currency)


All documents will be acknowledged by email.

All Communications should be directed to:

Carol Hylkema
1173 Abbey Court
Westland, MI 48185
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The Israel Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) makes biennial grants to organizations/agencies that address human needs or economic development in Palestine, or provide education towards an understanding of Middle East history and present conflicts and challenges
Carol Hylkema
Grants Coordinator
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[grants at theIPMN.org]
The next grants process begins in April, 2021.

 Forms and Information

  • Click here for IPMN Grants Criteria and process

  • Click here for Grants Application form

  • Click here for Grants Evaluation form

  Grants Awarded

  • Click here for 2013 grant recipients.

  • Click here for 2014 grant recipients.

  • Click here for 2015 grant recipients.

  • Click here for 2017 grants recipients. 

  • Click here for 2019 grants recipients.



Grants 2019

tomatoes2On behalf of the Grants Committee, I’m very happy to share that the latest round of IPMN grants is complete and that we can announce the results for our 2019 grants. Before that, however, I would like to thank the members of the committee who read and studied the grant applications and participated vigorously in the decision-making process. Several committee members had either a professional or volunteer relationship with at least one of the applicants; these members recused themselves from all discussion about these applications and one member abstained from a vote on an application. We are all excited to share the grant recipients with you.

It would be impossible to even think about having a Grants Committee if there were not many very generous IPMN members who continue to share in our annual campaign each year. These second mile gifts are the sole source of the funds for the grants and come close to one-third of the annual IPMN budget. Many, many thanks for helping IPMN make a difference on the ground in Palestine/Israel and in this country to see that church members are educated on the issues of Israel/Palestine in as many ways as possible.

We received nine (9) applications for grants. Of these, five (5) applicants had received a previous grant. Each applicant submitted all of the required documents, and evaluations from previous grants, in a timely manner. Any and all questions that arose were answered satisfactorily. Each applicant was properly vetted. We were very happy that we had applications for both work on the ground in Israel/Palestine and for advocacy here in this country. We were also pleased that several IPMN priorities are addressed through grant proposals.

Overall, we felt that the process worked well and that we might, finally, have this figured out so that grant checks can be processed efficiently and in a timely way. We hope that all grant funds will be received by the recipients before the end of the year. Since there was no grants process in 2018, we had the combined amount of $40,000 for the 2019 process. What a joy it is to be able to consider numerous applications and to be able to grant funds to each of them.

As a part of our process, we had a thorough conversation and made recommendations to the Steering Committee on two items of concern; the Steering Committee agreed with our recommendations on the following:

  • From now on, the Grants Committee will conduct a grants process biennially during odd numbered non-GA years. Rationale: There is a considerable amount of work to do when going through this process and doing it biennially would help spread it out. We would expect that there would be about the same number of grant applications biennially as would occur annually. Having the combined amount of funds available biennially for the grants enables the committee to recommend funding/partial funding for most of the applicants where on an annual basis, this would probably would not be possible.
  • From now on, the maximum amount of a grant will be $5,000. Rationale: IPMN will never be a major granting organization. It is unrealistic to think that we could fund grants of more than $5,000 and be able to make several grants each time.
Carol Hylkema
for the Grants Committee

Click for list of 2019 grants 


Grants Committee:

Kyle Cristofalo (National Capital)                        

Katherine Cunningham (Monmouth)                  

Sarah Humphrey (Greater Atlanta)

Carol Hylkema (Detroit)    

Marita Mayer (Redwoods)

Susan Wilder (National Capital)               


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