JWF Grant Guidelines

Please review JWF’s grant guidelines before submitting a Letter of Intent (LOI). Organizations based in the US are eligible to apply without an invitation, but Israeli organizations must receive a formal invitation. Invitations for the 2019-2020 cycle are no longer being extended. The 2019-2020 Request can be found here. See the complete 2019-2021 Grant Cycle Timeline below. For questions, please contact Carly Eilender, Grants & Program Manager, at carly@jwfpalmbeach.org.


JWF’s shared vision is to promote economic, religious, social and political equality for women and girls throughout the state of Florida and in Israel. To achieve that vision, JWF utilizes strategic, gender lens grantmaking to provide both project and general support to nonprofits whose mission reflects our own. 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. Please note these important guidelines:

  • US organizations located outside of Florida must have a program or presence in Florida to be considered. 
  • Proposals for grants in Israel will be accepted by invitation only. To be considered for an invitation, please email a one page summary of the project/organization to carly@jwfpalmbeach.org no later than one month before LOIs are being accepted. No phone calls, please.
  • JWF only allocates multi-year grants, with the second year of funding contingent upon grantees’ attainment of pre-determined benchmarks.

It is important to note the following restrictions:

  • JWF does not fund direct service projects, meaning programs/projects focused of meeting immediate needs.
  • JWF will not grant scholarships or make allocations to individuals.
  • JWF will not allocate grants for event sponsorships.

JWF will approve grants that are consistent with its mission, vision, and goals and are based in the Jewish values of tzedakah (righteous giving), tikkun olam (repairing the world) and gemilut chassadim (acts of loving kindness).

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. A project or program that includes or specifically targets women and girls is not necessarily designed using a gender lens.

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

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

Within these categories, JWF’s grantmaking prioritizes organizations or projects focused on the following impact areas:

  • Gender based violence/violence prevention
  • Labor/employment issues

Grant Awards

JWF allocates grants between $10,000 and $25,000 per grant award. All awards are 2 year grants, meaning a grant of $10,000 is $10,000 per year for two years. JWF provides both project and general operating grants, but only feminist social change organizations are eligible to apply for general operating support. 

Organizations are eligible to receive 2 two-year cycles of funding (4 years) and thereafter will be unable to apply for the next grant cycle (2 years). As a general policy, JWF will not consider a third cycle of funding.

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.

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.

2019-2021 Grant Cycle Timeline

Date Action
Monday, June 24th Request for LOIs
Tuesday, September 3rd
LOIs due by 5pm (ET)
Monday, September 30th Notification to applicants inviting/declining full proposal
Friday, November 1st All proposals due by 4pm (ET)
Thursday, March 5th Grant awards announced


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