About Israel GO

What is Israel GO?

Israel GO is an initiative of the Zionist Federation of Australia, supported by Keren Hayesod-UIA, which provides financial support to help eligible applicants experience a long-term Masa Israel program.

Is Israel GO a program?

No, Israel GO is NOT a separate Israel program. It is a funding initiative to support young adults participating in Masa Israel Journey gap year programs. For more information about Israel programs click here.

What is the aim of Israel GO?

To financially support young Jewish adults from around Australia to experience a long-term immersive Israel gap year opportunity.

Israel GO is supported by generous philanthropists who believe it is important to invest in young leaders to secure the future of our Jewish and Zionist community, and therefore are committed to assisting those who need support to experience Israel.

How long is a long-term Israel program?

Masa Israel programs are at least 4 months long and up to one year. Israel GO support is limited to applicants going on approved Masa Israel Journey programs.

Who is eligible?

Applicants who graduated from high school from 2019 onwards or are of an equivalent age who wish (and are eligible) to participate in a long-term Masa approved program can apply for Israel GO support.

Click here for Masa eligibility criteria

When will Israel GO funding be available?

Israel GO will provide funding for participants on programs starting from 1 January 2022 and onwards.

If I’m going on a program starting in 2021, can I get Israel GO support?

Unfortunately not, it is only available for programs starting after 1/1/2022.

Is it only available to youth movement participants?

No! Israel GO is available for participants on any Masa Israel Journey gap year program. Click here to speak to one of our representatives to find the best option for YOU.

If I go to Israel on my own for an extended period of time (4 months or longer) can I receive Israel GO funding support?

No, Israel GO is only provided for participants on Masa approved programs.

Where can I go to see the types of Masa programs available?

The Israel Programs website! Click here.

What is Masa Israel Journey?

Established in 2004, Masa Israel Journey is a joint project of  the Government of Israel and the Jewish Agency of Israel. Masa is the umbrella organisation for all long term Israel Programs ranging from 4-12 months in length.

It’s diverse port-folio of programs include Gap Year, Intern, Volunteer, Teach and Study Abroad programs for young Jews aged 16-35. Some programs under the Masa banner include IBC, Aardvark, Bnei Akiva Shnat, Habonim Dror Shnat and many more. Masa also, provides funding, cultural activates and logistical support for participants.


How do I register?

Head to israelgo.org.au, fill in the registration form and click “submit”.

What is the grant amount?

For 4-6 month programs, $5,000 AUD. For programs longer than 6 months, up to $10,000 AUD. The level of funding is solely based on program length.

What is the threshold to be eligible for support?

Applications for Israel GO grants are based on self-identification of need – you just need to check the box on the application form to indicate that you need the support.

If I apply to Israel GO, will I automatically receive the grant?

No. The ZFA will assess the applications before confirming and providing any grant.

When will I hear about my application status?

The application deadline for Israel GO is the 08/10/2021. We intend to update you in November if you’re application for Israel GO is successful.

Will I need to provide personal financial statements in order to receive Israel GO funding?

No, you don’t need to provide any documents to receive the funding, just check the box indicating you need it.

Will I personally receive the money?

No, the money will be sent directly to your Masa Israel program provider and be deducted from the overall cost of the program.

How will the money be given to the program provider?

Israel GO funding will be paid in two instalments; 50% a month into the program, the other 50% at the end of the program.

What if I don’t complete the program - will I still get the full funding?

No, the first instalment (50% of the subsidy) will be paid to the provider 4 weeks after you start the program. The final 50% will be paid to the provider after you’ve completed the entire program.

If the participant leaves the program before the first 4 weeks have elapsed, no portion of the grant will be paid to the provider. The participant/ their family will be responsible to the provider for all fees incurred. The same applies if the participant doesn’t complete the program – the second instalment will then not be remitted and the participant/ their family will remain responsible for the remaining funds payable to the program provider.

If I apply for Israel GO, do I still need to apply for Masa?

Yes, you still need to apply to Masa – to register for the universal grant of at least $200 USD and to apply for Masa scholarships. Apply to Masa here.

In order to be eligible for Israel GO, you need to be registered with Masa and be approved by the program provider.

If I’m getting other funding support, eg, from Masa, my youth movement, other; will Israel GO be on top of this?

Yes, Israel GO is in addition to any other funding schemes and independent of the amount you may receive. For example, if you’ve received support funding from Masa and your youth movement, you can still receive Israel GO support.

Do I need to pay the grant back?

No, it is a gift from generous donors and philanthropists in our community.

However, if a participant is expelled from the program for breaches of their program’s code of conduct, the ZFA reserves the right to recover the Israel GO grant from the participant/ their parents/ guardian.

When do I need to apply for Israel GO?

ASAP. As the funding pool is limited, early application is advised. The deadline is 8 October 2021.

Is there a catch with the grant? It seems too good to be true.

No, there is no catch. The ZFA believes in long-term Israel programs and the impact it has on participants on a personal and communal level. Participants do not have any future communal or financial obligations.

The ZFA and our partners want to help as many young Jewish adults as possible to get to Israel on a long term Israel experience.

What are the Terms and Conditions to Israel GO?

Click here to read the Terms and Conditions.