American Jewish World Service - AJWS

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American Jewish World Service - AJWS:

American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is an international development organization dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world regardless of race, religion or nationality.

American Jewish World Service (AJWS) grants from $3,000-$30,000 per year and preference is given to small organizations with annual budgets lower than $300,000.

The grants are awarded for a year at a time and they may be renewed annually.

American Jewish World Service (AJWS) only funds the following countries in Africa:

Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The American Jewish World Service funds non-governmental (NGOs) and community-based organizations in Africa working in the following thematic areas:

1. Sustainable Livelihoods and Sustainable Development

This include:

  • Sustainable Agriculture and Biodiversity
  • Food Security
  • Land and Resource Rights
  • Economic Opportunities
  • Slum and Urban Development 2. Community Health

    This include:

  • HIV/AIDS care and support
  • Anti-stigma efforts, and advocacy
  • Disease prevention and control through health education and nutrition with a focus on HIV/AIDS
  • TB and Malaria
  • Reproductive Health and Rights
  • Maternal and Child Health and Rights
  • Efforts to strengthen community and government health systems
  • Violence Prevention

    3. Education for All

    Facilitating access to quality primary and secondary education for all. This include:

  • Access to government and non-formal education with a focus on retention for girls and orphans and vulnerable children.
  • Improving the quality of education, including teacher training, curriculum development and fostering community engagement and oversight of schools.
  • Vocational and literacy training for youth and adults Early Childhood Development.

    4. Community Engagement in Conflict and Emergencies

    Supporting local organizations affected by disasters and conflict to move to move toward peace and development.

    5. Community Voice: Civic and Political Participation
    AJWS funds policy advocacy and community mobilization efforts that are led by community-based organizations working for:

  • Women’s Rights
  • Indigenous Rights
  • Religious and Ethnic Minority Rights
  • Sexual Minority Rights
  • Refugee and Internally Displaced Persons Rights
  • Worker Rights
  • Youth and Adolescent Participation AJWS does not fund:

  • Proselytizing activities
  • Individuals
  • Orphanages
  • Political parties
  • Hospitals
  • Private enterprises
  • Government structures

    Letters of inquiry are accepted throughout the year.

    Letters of inquiry will only be considered if they are submitted by email to: grants [at] or by mail to:American Jewish World Service, Grants Department, 45 West 36th Street, 11th floor, New York, NY 10018, USA.

    For more information, see: American Jewish World Service

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