Economic Development Grantees

Current Grantees: 
AJEEC-NISPED (Arab Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation and the Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development) – Technology in the Negev: Increasing Opportunity for Bedouin Graduates
AJEEC-NISPED facilitates Ma’antech Hanegev, a broader, joint initiative including Collective Impact, Ma’antech Coalition, Tsofen, IT Works, Kav Mashve, Appleseeds and the Rayan Center. This group works with local companies and governmental agencies to secure relevant employment opportunities for Bedouins and work with Bedouin engineering students and graduates to provide training and assist them in securing employment at high tech companies in the Negev.

American Joint Distribution Committee:  ELKA – Beit Hakerem Cluster
JDC‘s Beit HaKerem Cluster advances economic development and cooperative ventures among Jewish and Arab leaders in Karmiel, Misgav and local Arab municipalities.  Through voluntary associations which facilitate joint ventures, bolster local economies, and create long-term regional development strategies, this project  improves quality of life while building sustainable networks for change among Jewish and Arab leaders from various sectors, religions, and industries.

Givat Haviva – Shared Communities Project
This project brings together the mayors and key stakeholders from the neighboring Jewish and Arab towns of Maali Iron (5 villages) and Meggido Regional Council (13 communities) to work on cooperative projects. The goal is to develop leadership and build capacity for shared society at personal, local and regional levels. The project includes the development of a cooperative work plan and the implementation of joint projects between these municipalities.

Injaz Center for Arab Local Governance – Regional Networking – Strengthening the Economic Base of Arab Towns
Injaz Center for Professional Arab Local Governance works to strengthen the capacity of Arab leadership within local authorities, towns and villages in Israel.  The project goal is to implement an evidence based model for economic development to facilitate economic growth and build a sustainable economic base in Arab towns.
Kav Mashve – Employers’ Coalition for Equality for Arab University Graduates: Career Training Center
Kav Mashve works to create an open, equal-opportunity business environment for the employment of Arab college graduates and to significantly increase the number of Arab college graduates employed in positions that fit their qualifications and offer commensurate compensation.  The Career Training Center is a prestigious knowledge and training center assisting Arab students in universities and colleges and graduates to gain employment appropriate to their qualifications. A new leadership development program helps promising Arab business people gain leadership skills to advance higher into the workforce.

Koret Israel Economic Development Funds (KIEDF) – SAWA Microfinance Loan Fund
KIEDF stimulates economic development and employment opportunities in the private sector by facilitating $280 million in financing to over 10,000 small and micro businesses in Israel. The SAWA Loan Fund assists Arab women in establishing home-based microenterprises with non-leveraged financing and ensures success by using micro-finance lending that includes assistance through support groups or individual counseling.

PresenTense Israel – Entrepreneurship in Israel’s Arab Community
PresenTense Israel catalyzes community-based entrepreneurship to grow local economies, enrich community life and solve critical issues facing Israeli society. PresenTense Israel is building the “Ground-up Nation”, where entrepreneurship is made accessible in communities across Israel. PresenTense launched Mubadren, a new venture accelerator in the Negev Bedouin town of Hura for Arab-Israeli entrepreneurs, focused on establishing small businesses and social enterprises.

Sikkuy: The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality – Seat at the Table
Sikkuy (“chance” or “opportunity” in Hebrew) develops and implements projects to advance equality between Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel in government budgets, resource allocation, hiring policy, land usage, and access to government services. Seat at the Table is a multi-year project to advance equality and shared society between Jewish and Arab citizens by reducing and eliminating institutionalized government practices of unequal policies directed at the Arab minority.

NEW: Sikkuy: The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality – Advancing the Successful Implementation of the Israeli Government’s Decision “922”
Sikkuy will engage in ongoing systematic action with the Government Oversight Committee in the Ministry for Social Equality, the Finance Ministry and other specific Ministries to advance implementation of all components of the Israeli Government’s December 2016 decision “922” which is historic both in size and scope to equalize budget funding mechanisms and allocations for Arab citizens.  Working directly with the Arab local Authorities/municipalities and the National Committee of Arab mayors, Sikkuy will also work to strengthen cooperation and coordination with the Government Ministries, address joint actions and advance the capacity of Arab municipalities to secure and effectively utilize government allocations in the areas of education, employment, housing, transportation and welfare.

Tsofen – High Technology Centers 
Tsofen works to integrate the Arab community into the high-tech industry and other advanced industries. Based in Nazareth, and recently expanded to the Triangle region, Tsofen’s High Technology Centers integrate community and private sector outreach, recruitment and training services to help place Arab candidates in high-tech positions.

Wadi Attir – Eco Tourism Program
Project Wadi Attir, is an initiative to establish a sustainable, desert, farming operation integrating social, environmental, technological and economic considerations in the Negev Desert.   The Eco Tourism Program at Wadi Attir’s Visitor, Training and Education Center has a fully equipped laboratory, and offers classes to Jewish and Arab students in laboratory research about sustainable farming including bee keeping, livestock and medicinal plants.

Past Grantees: 
AJEEC-NISPED – Anchoring the Negev
The Abraham Fund Initiatives (TAFI) Women at Work – “Sharikat Haya – Partnership for Life”
Academic College of Tel Aviv Jaffa – StartHub 
The Center for Jewish-Arab Economic Development (CJAED) – Keren Ya’ar Loan Fund
Economic Empowerment for Women – Business of One’s Own
Injaz Center for Arab Local Governance – Regional Networking – New Mayors Training and Mentoring Program
ITWorks – Securing Israel’s Future through Employment
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee:  Access to Higher Education Program