Middle East Peace

Our Mission & Strategy

We support a network of peaceful, visionary, innovative Palestinian and Israeli activists advancing nonviolent transformation of Palestine and Israel into an enduring peace, with full civil rights, dignity, and security for all.

Our specific focus is identifying social and civic opportunities for highest leverage, where there is a demonstrated commitment to nonviolent transformation, shifting from fear, anger, and oppression to dignity, community, and security, rooted in respect, not military action. By identifying and nurturing the network of activists in Palestine and Israel advancing a resilient civil society with a peaceful, compassionate vision informed at its core by dignity and full civil rights, freedom of movement, respect for shared natural resources and moving beyond divisive narratives, we are part of creating the conditions in which peace can occur. This includes educational initiatives, teacher trainings, and addressing facets of emotional trauma, facilitating reconciliation, and nurturing the next generation of leaders and peace makers.

At this moment there is evidence in both Israeli and Palestinian community of grassroots momentum towards a nonviolent transformation of the current conditions. In Israel, Women Wage Peace, and in Palestine, Taghyeer, are both thousands strong in their levels of response and engagement. We are committed to supporting the shared advancement of human rights and peace building between Israelis and Palestinians. We will identify, support, and link efforts in Palestine and Israel committed to nonviolence, community building, full civil rights, dignity, security, and transformation of the occupation into robust, resilient Israeli and Palestinian societies.

2017 Grantmaking Cycle

Each year, Threshold Funding Circles will have a single, 6-month grantmaking cycle from February to August. For more information on Threshold's general grantmaking program, please visit the Grants page. 

Grant Cycle Guidelines

In 2017 Threshold Funding Circles will no longer solicit Letters of Inquiry (LOIs). All Funding Circles will issue invitation-only Requests for Proposals (RFPs) beginning in February. The process for determining invitations is decided by each Funding Circle – interested applicants should be aware that the resources of the foundation are limited and only invited organizations can be considered.

Our guidelines emerge from our mission statement, strategy, and Funding Circle Letter of Interest. In broad strokes, we are committed to supporting an ecosystem of peaceful, visionary, innovative Palestinian and Israeli activists advancing nonviolent transformation of the conflict and conditions in Palestine and Israel into an enduring peace, with full civil rights, dignity and security for all. We will contribute to the creation of relationship and community between Palestinians and Israelis, supporting those already engaged in moving beyond divisive narratives, working together towards common goals, and nurturing a movement facilitating the conditions in which peace can occur.  Deep strategic thinking and a cohesive strategy, will inform criteria for selection, monitoring, and evaluation of what we support, thus optimizing effective funding and desired change.

2017 Threshold Grantmaking Calendar

December 2, 2016

Funding Circles post 2017 grant guidelines online

February 17, 2017

Request for Proposal (RFP) invitations sent to selected organizations

March 24, 2017

Proposal submissions due by 5pm Pacific

May 5, 2017

Evaluation invites/declines sent to all proposal applicants

August 1, 2017

2017 Final grant decisions made and announced

August 18, 2017

2017 Grant award checks mailed

 

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