JWF Grant Guidelines

JWF Vision Statement

The Jewish Women’s Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches (JWF) envisions a world where women and girls are safe and successful and can reach their fullest potential, and we all live in a more fair and just society.  


JWF’s shared vision is to promote economic, religious, social and political equality for women and girls locally, nationally, and in Israel. To achieve that vision, JWF utilizes strategic grant making, driven by the working principles of applying a gender lens to all proposals, fostering innovation and rewarding feminist entrepreneurial leadership in every funding area. JWF is poised to initiate a rigorous pro-active posture to identify the most pressing unfunded needs and provide resources to break down legal, economic and social barriers that prevent women from expressing their dignity, humanity and leadership. JWF Trustees are committed to take risks to fund issues that other organizations do not address.

Funding Guidelines & Restrictions

Currently, geographic areas for funding are limited to the United States and Israel. Proposals for grants in Israel will be accepted by invitation only. At this time, we are not extending any additional invitations to Israeli organizations for the next grant cycle.

JWF  only allocates multi-year grants, with the second or third years contingent upon  grantee partners’ attainment of pre-determined benchmarks.

JWF will approve grants that are consistent with its mission, vision and goals and based in the Jewish values of tzedakah, tikkun olam and gemilut chassadim.

All proposals will be considered through the prism of a “gender lens.” Using a gender lens means understanding the unique challenges women and girls face pursuing equality and the ways in which systems, institutions and policies must change to advance women’s equality.

JWF will focus on the following issue areas with emphasis on innovation, social entrepreneurship and gender equality:

  • Women’s Leadership
  • Health and Safety
  • Economic Empowerment

Grant Awards

Each grant will be at least $10,000 with a maximum allocation of $25,000 per grant.  An exception can be made if the grant is multi-year, in which case the allocation may be up to $25,000 annually.

JWF’s priority is to benefit Jewish women and girls, but funding is not limited to Jewish organizations.

JWF will award grants and special allocations only to organizations that have IRS 501(c)3 tax designations or fiscal agents with IRS 501(c)3 tax designations.

  • JWF does not fund direct service.
  • JWF will not grant scholarships or make allocations to individuals.
  • JWF will not allocate grants for event sponsorships.

6 Social Change Indicators

  1. Shift in Definition -The issue is defined differently in the community or larger society
  2. Shift in Behavior – People are behaving differently in the community or larger society.
  3. Shift in Engagement – People in the community or larger society are more engaged.
  4. Shift in Policy – An institutional, organizational, or legislative policy or practice has changed.
  5. Maintaining Past Gains – Past gains have been maintained, generally in the face of opposition.
  6. Building Sustainable Institutions – Catalyzing and sustaining social change by strengthening institutions that stand for and work for such changes.

2017-2018 Grant Cycle Timeline

Date Action
Friday, June 9th Request for LOIs
Monday, July 10th LOIs due by 5pm (EDT)
Monday, August 21st Notification to applicants inviting/declining full proposal
Friday, October 20th All proposals due by 4pm (EDT)
Thursday, March 1st

Grant awards announced

For more information on grants, please contact Jennifer Kryshka, Chief Program & Operations Officer, at

jennifer@jwfpalmbeach.org or (561) 275-2194. 

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