Israel Travel Grants


Israel Travel Grants encourage individuals and families to participate in Israel travel opportunities to experience a deeper connection to their Jewish heritage. It is a chance for individuals to further immerse themselves in Jewish and Israeli culture. Upon their return from Israel, almost all applicants say that the trip exceeded their expectations.
 

Who qualifies?

To be eligible for the Israel Travel Grant, the individual must
  • Reside in Western Massachusetts (413 area code) or Southern Vermont (Bennington and Windham counties)
  • Be Jewish
  • Select a trip (minimum seven days) sponsored by an approved Jewish organization

To qualify for the Israel Travel Grant for Adults, an applicant must have reached the age of 18 by the time of departure. Adults may apply for this grant every four years.

To qualify for the Israel Travel Grant for Youth, an applicant must be age 6 through 18 by the time of departure. Youth may apply for this grant if they have not attended a trip in the past year (after September 1, 2016).

To qualify for the Israel Travel Grant for Families, immediate family must be travelling together on the same trip. To be eligible, adults must not have travelled with the grant in the past four years (after September 13, 2013) and youth must not have travelled with the grant in the past year (after September 1, 2016).

What type of trip qualifies? 

In order to be eligible for the Israel Travel Grant, a qualifying trip must
  • Be sponsored and organized by an approved Jewish organization with a set itinerary.
  • Be a minimum of seven days.
  • Include high-impact and meaningful Jewish content.

*Please note that the Israel Travel Grant does not support social, recreational, or entertainment-based programs. Private tours and private tour guides do not qualify for funding.

What funding is available? 

  • Individuals can apply for reimbursement of 50% of the cost of a trip up to $1,500.
  • For family grants, each individual family member is eligible for reimbursement of 50% of the cost of a trip up to $1,500

*Please note that Day Schools may receive funding for Israel Travel through the Sally Fund and can receive funds for 50% of the cost of the trip, up to $500. Individuals must not have received an Israel Travel Grant within the past year.

Chaperones of day school and youth group trips may apply to receive funding to cover their own travel expenses through the Israel Travel Grant (up to 50% of the cost of the program, up to $1,500).

​How do I receive funding? 

Completed applications must be submitted at least four weeks prior to trip departure. Late applications will not be accepted.

Israel Travel Grants are reimbursement grants. Within two weeks of your return from Israel, you must complete a report describing your trip and experience, as well as include pictures from your travels. Payment will be released once the report is submitted and approved. 

 

Need help?

For any general questions about the Israel Travel Grant or for questions regarding the online grant system, please contact us at GTI@hgf.org

Please note that the Harold Grinspoon reserves the right to decline any application for any reason.

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