Proposing a project
1/ Checking your project’s eligibility
Only projects proposed by institutions, not individuals (except research grants), are accepted. For example, publishing projects may be submitted by publishers.
To review your project, the Foundation will need detailed supporting documents, including an itemized budget, a list of other planned partners, etc. If you are just beginning, it is undoubtedly too soon to submit your application. On the other hand, no funding can be granted retroactively.
The projects are examined by six thematic committees, whose areas of specialization are detailed below. The Foundation does not grant any funding for projects outside those themes.
2/ Download the funding application
There are different applications depending on the kind of project (book, film, educational trip, etc.) and the committee that will review it. Download the appropriate application after you have been directed to the right committee.
3/ Reach out
Relationships between the Foundation and project organizers are based on dialogue and mutual understanding. If you are reaching out to the Foundation for the first time, get in touch with the contact person indicated to present your project, ask him or her your questions and find out which procedures to follow. Project managers and their assistants are here to help you.
4/ Submit your application
Gather all the documentation requested and send the specified contact person your complete application before the deadline (save exceptions, two or three a year). The review process starts when your complete application is received and takes three to six months.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact the appropriate project manager and his or her assistant.
Application review and the Foundation’s decision
5/ Application review
One or two experts form an opinion on whether or not the Foundation should fund your project. On that basis, the competent committee issues a recommendation.
Depending on the amount requested, the Foundation’s Executive Board or Board of Trustees makes a decision on the grounds of those opinions.
We will get back to you about the decision and funding details or to explain the reasons for our rejection.
If your application is accepted
8/ Signing an agreement
A partnership agreement spelling out the funding details will be signed if financial aid is granted.
9/ Monitoring the project’s implementation
The Foundation reserves the right to monitor, at any time, the implementation of the projects it funds in order to ensure that the financial aid it allocates is put to good use.
In addition to funding, the Foundation can help you carry out and disseminate your project through our network and communication tools.
The project’s implementation will be assessed, in some cases at midpoint and always at the end, in order to determine whether it has achieved the goals set and to decide whether to pay the balance of the financial aid granted.
History of Anti-Semitism and the Shoah Committee
The Foundation funds research on anti-Semitism and the Holocaust in history and other fields, including literature, sociology, philosophy, art history, political science and law.
Research topics can be directly related to the extermination of the Jews of Europe or involve broader themes, such as anti-Semitism, the memory of the Holocaust, connections between the Holocaust and other genocides, etc. Research on other 20th-century genocidal phenomena may also receive funding.
Research projects (theses, fellowships, symposia, publications) can involve French, German, European and comparative topics.
Memory and Transmission Committee
Recalling the history of the Holocaust and its implications is at the heart of the missions of the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah, which funds memorial initiatives (commemorations, plaques, markers, etc.) and all kinds of projects (books, films, plays, exhibitions, etc.) transmitting that history and shedding light on its sometimes little-known aspects.
Primarily intended for a French-speaking public, the projects aim to raise awareness and increase knowledge about the history of the Holocaust.
The Foundation also funds projects to rehabilitate memorial sites in France.
Holocaust Education Committee
The Foundation takes part in educational efforts to transmit the history of the Holocaust to schoolchildren. It supports the implementation of pedagogical projects designed for middle and high school students and funds study trips to memorial sites, which are preceded by appropriate preparation and followed by projects about the trip.
The Foundation also facilitates the transmission of the history of the Holocaust to the youngest children with educational projects geared to their level.
The Foundation can also help develop teaching resources (books, web documentaries, etc.) and organize teacher-training workshops including study trips and seminars on teaching about the Holocaust.
Jewish Culture Committee
The Foundation helps to raise awareness of Jewish culture and to deepen Jewish identity in all its diversity. In order to ensure the transmission of that culture, it prioritizes youth-oriented projects, funding training programs for teachers and leaders of youth movements as well as educational projects for Jewish schools. More broadly, it backs cultural events, books, documentaries, courses, lectures and conferences raising the general public’s awareness of Jewish culture.
The committee pays particular attention to initiatives helping to preserve and keep alive the Yiddish and Judeo-Spanish languages and cultures.
It supports Jewish Studies by awarding research grants and funding translations of the great texts in the Jewish tradition.
The Solidarity Committee helps organizations and institutions develop programs for Holocaust survivors and, in some cases, their families.
Applications must be submitted according to a specific timetable depending on the nature of the program and the organization proposing the project. Please note that the deadlines for medical-social programs (homecare, day centers, assistance in long-term care facilities for seniors) and social outreach projects are different.
There is a specific procedure for projects outside France, in Europe and Israel.
Fighting anti-Semitism and Promoting Intercultural Dialogue Committee
The committee reviews proposals for groundbreaking projects aiming to fight anti-Semitism in all its forms and to promote intercultural dialogue. Intolerance is rooted in ignorance. That is why the committee pays special attention to educational initiatives that promote dialogue and mutual understanding. The Foundation funds all kinds of projects (meetings, books, films, plays, etc.), but its priority is to stem the almost unhindered spread of anti-Semitic hate speech on the Internet and social networks.
The committee also funds projects to research and monitor anti-Semitism in an effort to better understand the phenomenon and its most recent manifestations.
"Témoignages de la Shoah" series
The Foundation publishes a collection of testimonies in partnership Éditions Le Manuscrit and Storylab. The goal is to preserve and disseminate first-hand accounts by victims of the persecution of the Jews during the Second World War. The collection presents heretofore unpublished or unavailable texts by French-speaking Holocaust survivors, whether they were deported, interned or hidden in France or in other countries.
Before publication, each testimony is submitted for review to a reading committee chaired by Serge Klarsfeld. Comprising Holocaust historians and former deportees, it is the scientific and moral guarantor of the works published.