September 08, 2021

USAID announces largest-ever single funding opportunity for the work of Israeli and Palestinian peacebuilders

In December 2020, after over a decade of ALLMEP advocacy, the Nita M. Lowey Middle East Partnership for Peace Act was enacted into law. We are pleased to let you know that the Lowey Fund’s first open call for proposals has just been published. You can access all the information on the Annual Program Statement (APS) via this link

Aiming to “foster a grassroots effort to affect policy change” while “strengthening engagement between Palestinians and Israelis,” the APS heralds an expanded definition of people-to-people peacebuilding, both within and between each society, aiming to “help advance a just resolution to the conflict.” Connecting the work—and impact—of grassroots peacebuilders with the goal of advancing peace on a policy or political level, the APS represents an exciting moment for the peacebuilding field. 

ALLMEP will be holding a series of briefings for its 150+ membership as well as for private philanthropic actors and partners, to ensure that this call and the wider opportunity that the Lowey Fund heralds is fully understood. Check back here for consistent updates about the state of the call. 

This first call is for at least $15 million, representing the largest-ever single funding opportunity for the work of Israeli and Palestinian peacebuilders. Applications can be for both shared society work and for cross-border peacebuilding. There will be a rolling window for applications, with this opportunity open for one year, until September 1st, 2022, with USAID “reserving the right to issue additional calls” under this same annual program. 

USAID will begin reviewing the first round of concept papers on October 8, 2021, with an expectation of signing the first batch of grant agreements in December. With support ranging from $250,000 to an upper threshold of $5,000,000, this is a pivotal opportunity for the peacebuilding field to scale their activities and ambition, as well as a moment for innovation and for new actors to emerge. 

With the Partnership for Peace Fund Advisory Board in the process of being formed, we expect further developments in the coming weeks and months, and are continuing to work with our partners in the Administration, in Congress, and with partner governments around the world to ensure that the Lowey Fund’s full potential is unlocked.

 

FAQ:

If I have questions about the APS, how do I submit them to USAID?

Questions regarding the APS should be submitted via email to Sandy Sakran at ssakran@usaid.gov no later than September 17, 2021. Please note that for questions to be considered, the subject line of the email must be: “APS 72029421APS00001 Questions.”

When will USAID review the first round of applications?

USAID will start reviewing the first round of Concept Papers on or about October 8, 2021. 

How long is the call open for?

This APS is open for one year, until September 1, 2022. Concept Papers will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Will both shared society and cross-border work be considered?

Yes, the APS indicates that both shared society and cross-border work may be supported by USAID. While the APS does not indicate how much funding will be dedicated for each, it does indicate that the majority of the funding will be granted for cross-border work. 

Will intra-group work with one population cohort be considered? 

The APS definition of people to people work states that it “includes initiatives within the respective societies that contribute to a peaceful co-existence, mitigate impacts from the current conflict, and help advance a just resolution to that conflict.”

Will USAID hold information sessions on this APS?

USAID/West Bank and Gaza intends to host a Pre Application Conference. Specific details of this conference will be shared via an amendment to the APS. Attendance at this conference is optional and in no way affects the consideration of applications.

Is there a requirement for cost-share? 

USAID has established that Cost Sharing is not required.