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The Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit (JWF) is currently accepting Letters of Intent for its 2018 Grant Cycle.

To apply for a 2018 JWF Grant, please review the following JWF Grant Guidelines, Letter of Intent instructions and timeline. Then click here to submit a 2018 Letter of Intent.

The JWF only accepts Letters of Intent outlining fully planned projects. Please take the time to review the JWF Guidelines thoroughly to determine if your organization, program, project or initiative meets the JWF’s criteria. We encourage grant seekers to call or email our staff to discuss the appropriateness of requests prior to submitting Letters of Intent. All Letters of Intent must be submitted on time. If your organization is awarded a grant, the disbursement schedule will be determined. The JWF will require mid-term and final reports and evaluations for all grants.

• We do not award grants to individuals, make individual loans, provide individual scholarships or award tuition reimbursements.
• We do not fund political campaigns, political organizations or PAC’s.
• We do not purchase tickets/tables for special events.
• We do not participate in capital campaigns.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Organization must have their own IRS 501(c)(3) designations or use a fiscal agent with IRS 501(c)(3) designation.
  • The JWF funds with a “gender lens” and a “Jewish lens”. We are interested in projects that benefit Jewish women and/or girls and their families. We seek projects that address the root causes of challenges to them and their families and promote sustainable or systemic social change that benefits the community. Gender lens funding does not exclude men and boys. (See FAQ’s)
  • Grant requests for programs, projects or initiatives must be in Michigan.
  • We value projects with an advocacy component that benefits the Jewish community.
  • Although there is no predetermined number of grants, at least one grant will be awarded each year.
  • We value and encourage collaborative efforts among organizations requesting funds for projects.

Single Year Grant Guidelines

  • We consider projects for single-year funding on a year-to-year basis. Previous funding does not guarantee continuous funding, nor does it disqualify future funding. Continuation Funding Grant requests must include information about the project’s outcomes during previous funding periods. It should also include the amount of previous JWF funding.
  • In 2018, we will consider single-year grant requests for amounts up to $20,000. Final grant applications will only be accepted from applicants who have been invited to submit a Final Grant Application after the Letter of Intent phase of our grant cycle.
  • The Grant Period for the 2018 Single Year Grant is July, 2018 through September, 2019.
  • We will consider the extent to which Jewish women and girls hold leadership, board and advisory committee, policy making and key staff positions in the requesting organization.
  • We value and encourage collaborative efforts among organizations requesting funds for projects.


  • Multi-Year Grants will not be offered in 2018.


  • In 2018, a grant applicant may submit a Letter of Intent for a single year Challenge Grant for any project.
  • Grant applicants requesting a Continuation Funding Grant with no Challenge component for a specific project that has received at least two previous Continuation Funding Grants from the JWF, may be required by the JWF to apply for a Challenge Grant. Grant applicants will be notified of this requirement following the Letter of Intent phase of the application process.
  • The Challenge Grant will not exceed a “dollar for dollar” match (100%).
  • The Challenge Grant will match new funds raised by the Grantee during the grant period that are specifically earmarked for the Challenge Grant project.
  • The maximum amount of the Challenge Grant award is $20,000.
  • Challenge Grant disbursements will be made semi-annually during the grant period, as the Grantee raises and earmarks dollars. Disbursements are contingent on documentation verifying new dollars raised during the grant period that are earmarked for the Challenge Grant project.


  • The Alfred and Sandra Sherman JWF Women’s Health Grant: In 2018, we will award up to one grant for a women’s health lecture or women’s health project in an amount up to $10,000. The regular 2018 Letter of Intent and Final Grant Application Instructions and Timeline for grants apply.
2018 Grants Process Timeline
  • Deadline for Letters of Intent: 12:00 noon, Wednesday, January 31, 2018
  • Notification to all Applicants: By March 9, 2018
  • Deadline for Final Grant Applications: 12:00 noon, Monday, April 9, 2018
  • Site Visits for Final Applicants: Throughout May 2018
  • Grant Awards Announced by June 30, 2018