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The Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit (JWF) is currently accepting Letters of Intent for its 2020 Grant Cycle from organizations located within the State of Michigan.  To apply for a JWF Grant, please review the following JWF Grant Guidelines and timeline. Then click here to submit a Letter of Intent.

In addition, we will only accept Letters of Intent from International organizations that have been invited to submit a Letter of Intent.  If your International organization has been invited, please click here for the Letter of Intent form.  If you have not been invited to submit a Letter of Intent, we will not be able to accept your submission.

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. The JWF will require mid-term and final reports and evaluations for all awarded 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.
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  • Grant requests are for programs, projects or initiatives that take place 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 up to a maximum of $20,000. 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.
  • Following the Letter of Intent phase, we will notify those organizations who have been approved to submit a Full Proposal.
  • The Grant Period for the 2020 Single Year Grant is July 2020 through September 2021.
  • 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 2020.


  • A grant applicant may submit a Letter of Intent for a single year Challenge Grant for any project.
  • If your organization has received two consecutive grants from the JWF for the same program, you may only apply for a Challenge Grant for the third and final year of a funding.
  • 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, 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 2020, we will award one grant for a women’s health lecture or women’s health project in an amount up to $10,000. The regular 2020 Letter of Intent and Full Proposal and Timeline for grants apply.

Please click here to access the login page and the Letter of Intent form.

2020 Grant Cycle

PLEASE NOTE: The Jewish Women’s Foundation uses an online grant request system, GIFTS Online®. All Letters of Intent and Full Grant Proposals must be submitted electronically to be considered for the 2020 grant cycle. Progress Reports and Final Reports will also be submitted through this process.



• Deadline for Letters of Intent: 12:00pm (noon), Monday, January 31, 2020
• Notification to all Applicants: By Monday, March 9, 2020
• Deadline for Full Proposals: 12:00pm (noon), Tuesday, April 7, 2020
• Site Visits for Full Proposals: Throughout May 2020
• Grant Awards Announced: By Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Please click here to access the login page and the Letter of Intent form.

After you enter your email address, you should click “NEW ACCOUNT?” to create your password. You will only need to do this the first time you login to the new system. After that, you can access your account through the Grantee Portal using the same email address and password.

If you forget your Password, click “FORGOT PASSWORD?” and an email will be sent to you through the online system with a temporary password. You will be asked to change the temporary password to your own custom password.