2017-2018 MEPI Local Grants – US Embassy Israel

“’City for All’:  Creating Holistic Models for Gender Mainstreaming in Israeli Localities”

Implemented by Itach Maaki – Women Lawyers for Social Justice

Timeframe: August 2017 – July 2018

Amount $104,275

The objective of the project “City for All” is to launch the advancement of municipal models for gender mainstreaming in cities throughout Israel by implementing a pilot endeavor with potential for country-wide expansion. The project will take place in two cities, Tayibe and Acre, using the Rishon Letzion “City for All” program established in 2008 as a baseline model. Experiences from all three cities will then be used to create a manual/template for transplanting the “City for All” model elsewhere.  This model will be presented to the public, national authorities, and local authorities for potential adoption and duplication in other cities in Israel.

 “Coding & Tech-Entrepreneurial Skills Development for Arab Children in Israel”

Implemented by Loop – Promoting Computer Science

Timeframe: October 2017 – August 2018

Amount $88,140

Loop will offer an intensive 1 year-long mentorship program to 40 9th, 10th and 11th grade students from Nazareth and Haifa. This mentorship model and personalized education approach will provide the children with needed knowledge and tech-entrepreneurial tools, thus helping them develop their own ideas and build their startups. By the end of the project, 40 students are expected to develop and publish 20 mobile applications or websites. In addition, Loop will place 50% of the students in summer internships within Loop or other tech organizations.

 “’ACHIEVE’: Capacity Building and Negotiation Training for Arab Municipal Leaders and Staff in Israel”

Implemented by Injaz Center for Professional Arab Local Governance

Timeframe: October 2017 – September 2018

Amount $121,493

“ACHIEVE” will provide 15 Arab Local Authority (ALA) leaders and staff with training in some of the required skills to benefit from the resources available.  Six of these 15 ALAs will get further intensive support from technical experts to develop concrete plans, and proposals to take advantage of the opportunities that opened through the Israeli Government’s Resolution 922, its 2015 economic development plan for the Arab sector.  Project outcomes will be measured through concrete plans and proposals developed during this plan related to education, transportation, and housing sectors in the participating ALAs, while also building the networks and capacity of the ALAs to continue benefiting from the increased resources.

“Women Online”

Implemented by MATI Jerusalem

Timeframe: October 2017 – September 2018

Amount $106,468.

“Women Online” is a frontline technological and economic empowerment program that aims to train 60 Ultra-Orthodox women in Jerusalem, between the ages of 18 to 35, in digital marketing and engages 50 current business owners to further develop their existing businesses using digital marketing. The ultra-orthodox business owners will target their own community (as their usage of internet expands) as well as broader Israeli (and international) audiences interested in some of the products. As a result of the program, beneficiaries would either start new businesses or be placed in jobs and 40-60 existing businesses will be upgraded to facilitate increased revenues.  The project could eventually serve as a model for replication in other Ultra-Orthodox communities in Israel.

“Employment, Empowerment, and Leadership for Excelling Ethiopian Israeli and Veteran Israeli University Graduates”

Implemented by Olim Beyahad

Timeframe: October 2017 – September 2018

Amount $154,705.

The project targets 84 high-achieving Ethiopian Israelis and 36 non-Ethiopian Israelis being placed in a mixed courses in Olim Beyahad’s 10-month Core Program that will allow them to obtain enhanced job search skills, provide mentoring and job placement services, and also lead to joint teams of Ethiopian and non-Ethiopians to undertake community service projects and lead social campaigns. This program will be implemented in four different cities simultaneously within four separate program cycles. These cities include Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa and Ashdod. Through these mixed networks and the skills/services provided, both Ethiopian and non-Ethiopian participants in the program will be placed into suitable positions, while enhancing the integration of Ethiopian Israelis into the Israeli employment mainstream.

“Tech-Up Initiative”

Implemented by Temech

Timeframe: October 2017 – September 2018

Amount $149,373.

Temech will implement a 12-month project entitled “Tech-Up Initiative” targeting about 555 women, including 48 highly motivated ultra-orthodox women graduates, ages 18-27, interested in pursuing careers in technology. Participants will work in internship teams led by seasoned computer professionals recruited from tech firms, to complete a computer programming/web design project serving a small business or nonprofit organization. Temech will also target 600-1000 ultra-orthodox women to join a Technology Forum Network it will launch. In addition to hosting the forum, network members as well as non-members will be invited to participate in activities including advanced tools courses; tech tools workshops; interview simulation, practice, and critique; and presentation skills workshops. By the end of the project, Temech will hold an end-of-program competition between all eight internship teams in conjunction with a job fair to showcase the proficiency of project beneficiaries to prospective employers. As a result, 38 technology jobs among ultra-orthodox women will be created.

“Advancing higher, more successful and effective implementation of the Israeli government decision 922 to equalize budgets for Arab citizens through cooperation between three Arab municipalities, Sikkuy and government ministries”

Implemented by Sikkuy: The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality

Timeframe:  October 2017 – December 2018

Amount $111,759

The project aims to provide support, enhance advocacy efforts with Government Ministries, boost political empowerment, and build municipal capacity for securing the equal distribution of state budgets to 3 Arab municipalities in Israel. Sikkuy will organize meetings, roundtables, and workshops and provide direct support to empower and involve different stakeholders including Government Ministries and officials, mayors of 3 Arab municipalities and two cooperating civil society organizations to support increased budgetary allocations and implementation of 10 initiatives and projects for the Arab communities. The efforts engaged by the implementer would streamline the implementation of the Israeli Government’s 2015 Resolution 922 economic development plan in 4 sectors including: public transportation, housing/planning, day-care centers, and reducing violence in the community.

“Entering the Arena: Empowering Arab Bedouin Women to Become Decision-Makers”

Implemented by Adam Institute for Democracy and Peace

Timeframe: October 2017 – December 2018

Amount $102,953

The project aims to address the absence of Bedouin women from decision-making positions at the local levels, specifically in local councils in the Negev. Adam Institute seeks to partner with Amerat of the Desert, a local Bedouin women’s NGO, to create a non-partisan cadre of qualified Bedouin women involved in local politics, and assist this cadre in implementing activities in their communities aimed at increasing acceptance and support for women’s involvement in local politics, and their inclusion on local election lists. The program will provide 60 women beneficiaries with training and necessary tools and skills for effective and formal political participation. It will increase Bedouin women’s democratic literacy in local politics and support them to become leaders in their local communities.

 “Advancing Local Economic Development in the Arab locality of Jisr a-Zarqa”

Implemented by Tel-Aviv University (TAU) – The Elga Cegla Clinical Law Programs

Timeframe: October 2017 – March 2019

Amount $154,198

The project will address the issue of the severe economic situation and poverty in Jisr a-Zarqa and achieve its objective by responding to the current economic situation at a grassroots level. The project objective seeks to improve the living condition of its residents, in particular through economic empowerment and growth through vocational and business trainings to ensure employment and self-employment and enhance the activity of current small businesses. The project seeks to also protect the rights of the working poor with a special focus on women through awareness-raising workshops on labor rights. Through this project, citizens will acquire vocational and business skills, 15 existing businesses will be enhanced and 10 new micro-businesses will be established. This project will also raise the awareness on labor rights of 160 individuals including 10 representatives from relevant civil society organizations.

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