API Grants Program

The Abraham Path Initiative (API) raises funds for grantees and partners who will implement projects along walking trails and with local communities in the Middle East.

API is issuing a call for original project ideas that amplify our mission in creative ways. Through their work, grant recipients will shed light on the people, cultures, and extraordinary hospitality of the region, in ways that are seldom seen in mainstream media and bus-friendly tours. Examples of projects recipients could engage in include storytelling in an array of media, the arts, environmental cleanup or renewable energy, innovative approaches to job creation, and rural tourism efforts that relate to the Middle East. 

Selected applicants will be provided with a grant to bring their ideas to life. At the conclusion of the grant, the recipient will report their accomplishment to API. This could be in the form of photographs with captions, a book, video, map, or art installation, and materials for publication. The end products of the projects are expected within the agreed upon timeline. API will help promote the product, which will be shared with API in perpetuity.

Goals

The goal of the Grants Program is to encourage projects that nurture economic growth, cross-cultural communication, and/or heritage preservation in the Middle East. Grant recipients will deploy the Path in ways that engage new audiences with the Abraham Path Initiative, drawing attention to its mission and vision. 

Projects aimed to explore, promote, study, develop, and support the Path are encouraged and will be prioritized. API will strive to award 20% of allocated funds to grantees who are residents of the Middle East.

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Grant Categories

Junior Fellows: enthusiastic, innovative individuals from diverse backgrounds looking to implement projects that further the understanding of the Path.

Senior Fellows: established professionals or academics with significant experience in their field(s), proposing creative projects embodying the mission of API.

Other Opportunities and Partnerships: applicants who do not fit into the Junior Fellow or Senior Fellow categories (including local organizations, academic institutions, small businesses, etc.) may apply for funding from API as grant recipients or partners.

Funding Amounts

  • Junior Fellow applicants may request up to $5,000 USD. 
  • Senior Fellow applicants may request up to $15,000.
  • Other Opportunities and Partnership applicants may request up to $10,000.

Timeline

There are two calls for proposals annually - one in the winter/spring and one in the summer/fall. Applicants who are unable to apply during one of these periods should contact API via email to inquire about other opportunities. 

Winter/Spring 
Application Period: January 15th - March 15th 
Decision Timeline: Within 30 days of the application deadline
Disbursement: By May 1st 

Summer/Fall
Application Period: July 5th - September 15th
Decision Timeline: Within 30 days of the application deadline
Disbursement: By November 1st