Ask your Representatives to support annual appropriations for people-to-people peacebuilding in Israel and Palestine:
- Since Fiscal Year (FY) 2008, Congress has appropriated dedicated funds for a competitive grants program managed by USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation for Middle East People-to-People programs (CMM), in addition to worldwide “reconciliation program” funds.
- Since then, the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations laws have provided $10 million annually for a competitive grants program for the Middle East.
- This funding is critical – before 2008, the U.S. had no funds dedicated for this work, and Middle East non-governmental organizations (NGOs) had difficulty accessing funds.
- These funds support thousands of ordinary Israelis and Palestinians working together on the ground to build real cooperation, from the bottom-up. Despite strain on the U.S. budget, continuing and enhancing this funding is both critical to peace in the region and U.S. national security interests.