Where does the funding for these grants come from?
Unlike large grantmaking foundations, we don’t have an endowment or a private fortune to draw from. Instead, we rely on individual donors who want to help us fulfill our mission. Learn more about how you can make a difference by donating to the Yemeni Empowerment Fund here.
Do I have to be Yemeni to apply for a grant?
Most of our grants and fellowships are intended for people and organizations operating in Yemen, or for people of Yemeni descent living in the diaspora. Each of our specific calls for applications will include details about who is eligible to apply. If you have questions about one of our opportunities, please contact our staff by email.
I’m from Aden/Hadhramawt/Soqotra, and I don’t consider myself “Yemeni.” Am I eligible for funding?
We understand and appreciate the many regional identities that exist within the territory internationally recognized as the Republic of Yemen. For most of our opportunities, we welcome applications from any part of that territory. In fact, we actively encourage applicants from places outside the traditional centers of power in Yemen, and applicants who are working on region-specific issues.
What is a "non-resident fellowship"?
Non-resident fellows will work remotely with YPP staff, from their own location. Fellows do not need to leave Yemen to participate in our programs.
I disagree with the Yemen Peace Project’s positions on US policy. Can I still apply for funding?
Yes, please! We are here to help people like you create positive change, and we don’t require (or expect) anyone to agree with us about everything.
I want to donate to the Fund, but I don't want to support the YPP's other programs. What should I do?
We understand that some people might want to support the work of the Yemeni Empowerment Fund, but not the YPP's advocacy program. All donations collected via this page are earmarked exclusively for YEF microgrants and fellowships. If you want your donation to go to a particular area of focus or a specific grantee, please email us and we'll make sure your money goes exactly where you intend.
Do I have to be part of a legally-recognized organization to apply for a grant?
In most cases, no. Many of our opportunities will be open to individuals, informal associations, or organizations without legal status. In fact, in some cases we will offer “fiscal sponsorship” to our grantees. That means YPP staff provides administrative support and a legal presence on behalf of your organization. Learn more about fiscal sponsorship here.
I have an idea for a great project, but I don’t have all the skills or expertise to make it happen; can you help?
Yes! One of the things that makes the Yemeni Empowerment Fund different is that we’re often able to connect grantees with mentors or experts to help them refine their ideas and bring them into being. We’re not just here to offer funding, but to help identify great ideas and figure out what it will take to make them happen.
Have more questions? Email us using the form below. We’re here to help!