Grantmaking Guidelines

Due to the extraordinary circumstances now present, the Trust is not accepting Letters of Inquiry at the present time.

General Criteria for Grantseekers

  • An organization must be a 501(c) 3 organization or—if foreign—must prove it would be able to meet the criteria for US tax-exemption were it a domestic organization;
  • Every potential recipient organization, 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 the anti-terrorism 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 and minorities must be respected at every level of the organization (this must be evident in organizational staffing, board governance policies and leadership, along with direct services provided to constituents/clients).


No programs or organizations which 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.