How to Apply
Thank you for your interest in JWF. The application period for our 2021 Grants Cycle is now closed. Our Grant Guidelines and decision making timeline are below.
JWF supports programs, projects, and initiatives that advance social change by expanding opportunities for Jewish women, their families, and community. We consider requests for single-year funding on a year-to-year basis, with a maximum grant amount of $20,000.
Grant activities must take place in Michigan from December 1, 2021 – November 30, 2022. To be eligible for a grant, your organization must be recognized as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or use a fiscal agent with an IRS 501(c)(3) designation. We do not provide support directly to individuals, political organizations, or units of government; nor for loans, scholarships to individuals, capital campaigns, general operating support, or fundraising events.
Organizations may apply for consecutive grants for the same program for up to three years. The third and final year must be a 1:1 challenge grant. Previous funding for a program does not guarantee continued support.
The JWF funds with a gender lens and a Jewish lens. Successful proposals demonstrate improved outcomes for women and girls and benefit the Jewish community; however, applications are not limited to programs that exclusively serve Jewish women.
Our 2021 Grants Cycle is designed to respond to needs that have been highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We will give special consideration to programs that:
- Increase women’s economic security through childcare, pay equity, leadership development, or other systemic approaches;
- Respond to or prevent domestic abuse;
- Improve women’s mental well-being; and
- Specifically address the needs of underserved and/or vulnerable populations.
We understand that overhead and staffing costs are critical for success and will consider support for those costs as part of a larger program. In addition to discrete programs, we will offer infrastructure and/or capacity building support when it is aligned with JWF’s mission and values. When evaluating proposals, we will also consider the extent to which Jewish women and girls hold board, staff, and advisory positions in the requesting organization.
All applications must be submitted online through JWF’s grants portal. Applicants will be asked to provide:
- An organizational overview;
- A narrative describing the proposed project, who it serves, why it is important, and how it provides or expands opportunities for Jewish women and girls, their families, and their communities; and
- A project budget and budget narrative.
Applications are due at 11:59 pm on July 1, 2021; a complete timeline of the grant application and review process is below.
June 1, 2021: JWF releases Grant Guidelines.
June 1 – June 30, 2021: Applicants review grant guidelines and submit a proposal describing their organization, proposed program, and fit with JWF’s mission.
July 1, 2021: Proposals are due to JWF at 11:59 pm. All proposals must be submitted online through JWF’s grants portal; email and paper submissions will not be accepted.
August 2021: JWF trustees meet to determine which proposals to advance to the next round of consideration. All applicants will be notified of their application status by the end of the month.
October 2021: JWF trustees conduct site visits with organizations that have advanced to the second round of consideration.
November 2021: JWF trustees review all proposals and meet to vote on grant approvals and allocations. All applicants will be notified of their application status by the end of the month.
If you have any questions on the JWF grants process or wish to discuss your application, please e-mail Sigal Hemy, JWF director.