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Organizations We Fund

We accept grant proposals from programs and organizations which create social change for Jewish women and girls, domestically and internationally. Programs occurring outside of the United States may submit an LOI (Letter of Inquiry) only by invitation. Organizations may request specific program support or general operating support. JWFA seeks to fund projects that place an emphasis on sustainability, leveraged funding, and partnerships.

If your project takes place outside of the United States, you must receive an invitation before submitting a Letter of Inquiry. Please email by the end of October to be considered.

Grants are made only to tax-exempt organizations that qualify under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Grants are not made to individuals. JWFA is unable to support all eligible projects. Please take the time to review the guidelines thoroughly to determine if your organization, program, initiative, or project meets our criteria.

Grant Guidelines and Considerations

  • JWFA funds with a “Jewish lens” and a “gender lens.” We are interested in projects which recognize that Jewish women and girls have unique needs because of their gender and their religious and cultural heritage. JWFA is committed to improving the overall status of Jewish women and girls and funds projects that promote social change by addressing at least one of the indicators described below:
    • Shifting definitions and reframing issues : An issue is defined differently in the community or larger society as a result of your work.
    • Shifting individual and community behavior: People are behaving differently in the community or larger society as a result of your work.
    • Shifting critical mass and engagement: People in the community or larger society are more engaged as a result of your work.
    • Shifting institutions, systems, and policies: An institutional, organizational, or legislative policy or practice has changed as a result of your work.
    • Maintaining earlier progress: As a result of your work, past gains have been maintained, generally in the face of opposition.
  • JWFA considers your organization’s overall support of Jewish women and girls, as well as the specific project or program for which you are seeking a Jewish grant. This includes the extent to which Jewish women and girls are included among your leadership and in key staff positions.
  • In order to promote sustainability, after three years of consecutive funding from JWFA, projects will be required to take one year off before re-applying for funding. This does not preclude the organization from applying for funding for a different project, provided it meets the JWFA mission, core values, and grant guidelines.
2020 Grant Cycle Timeline*
Date Action
Early December 2019 JWFA will issue invitations to select international organizations.
December 31, 2019 Letters of Inquiry are due from domestic organizations and pre-selected international organizations.
February 2020 Selected organizations will be invited to submit a full proposal.
March 15, 2020 All proposals due by noon (Eastern Time).
May 2020 Site visits/interviews will be conducted with finalists.
Mid-May 2020 Grant awards announced.
*Please note: Specific grant guidelines and deadlines will vary from year to year. Please review the most recent Request for Proposals for full details.