General Criteria for Grantseekers

  • An organization must be a 501(c) 3 organization or must have a bona fide fiscal sponsor in the United States.
  • Every applicant, whether American or foreign, must provide the Trust with sufficient proof of its bona fides—including providing the names of people and organizations it works with and proof that it has done due diligence in relation to those people and organizations—so as to satisfy requirements of the U.S. Government. After an initial review, grantseekers may be invited to submit full proposals. At that time, a check-list of required documentation will be provided;
  • Every organization must either be secular/non-sectarian, or serve its clients without regard to religious or political affiliation, and certify that it meets these criteria;
  • The organization must be committed to the well-being of its clients and have an institutional process for including them as stakeholders in decision-making;
  • The organization’s mission and strategy for implementation of its programs must be committed to peace and justice; and
  • The rights of women, minorities, all genders, and all nationalities must be respected at every level of the organization (this must be evident in staffing, board governance policies and leadership, along with direct services provided to constituents/clients).


No programs or organizations that are primarily religious or political in nature will be funded. Generally, the Trust will not give grants for construction or improvement of buildings or to individuals.


All grantees will be required to submit a final report, including benchmarks of progress. Grantees/projects may be visited by Jabara Trust staff before, during or after completion of the project.


Where appropriate, applicants should be able to show how their work will be made sustainable, i.e. will have a lasting impact and/or will continue without further need of funds from the Jabara Trust.