What You Need to Know: Grant Guidelines
We are pleased you are interested in applying for a grant from the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New Jersey (JWF). Before you proceed, please familiarize yourself with the following guidelines that may impact your eligibility.
- JWF provides grants to local, regional, national, Israeli, and global organizations; they need not be a Jewish organization to receive funds.
- JWF funds projects through a gender lens.
- JWF favors projects that address the challenges that women and girls face and promote social change, rather than requests for general support of an overall program budget.
- Projects with an advocacy component are welcome.
- JWF values and encourages leveraging other funds, collaborations, or other partnerships.
- JWF considers an organization’s overall support and inclusion of women and girls, as well as the specific project or program for which they are seeking a grant. This includes the extent to which women and girls are included among your leadership and key staff.
Eligibility and Restrictions
- Applicants must be 501(c)3 organizations or those with a fiscal agent with their own 501(c)3. Legal opinion letters of nonprofit status are not sufficient.
- No grants are awarded to individuals.
- JWF does not fund political campaigns or organizations such as PACs, capital campaigns, or endowments.
- JWF does not make loans or award scholarships/tuition reimbursements, nor do we provide sponsorships or buy tickets/tables for special events or international travel.
Potential Grant Awards
- For its domestic grants, JWF will consider grant requests for programs or projects one year or less in duration and for amounts up to $1,000 for its small grants cycle in the fall and $25,000 for its spring large grants cycle in the spring.
- Organizations will be considered for funding on a year-to-year basis. Projects funded in any given year are not guaranteed for renewal, nor are they disqualified from future funding.
Grant Focus Areas
JWF funds gender-based projects and programs that recognize that women and girls have unique needs and interests and address the following areas:
- Self-esteem: including body image, healthy behaviors, interpersonal relations
- Abuse prevention: including domestic violence, substance and sexual abuse, human trafficking, bullying
- Empowerment in the workplace, educational system and family: including leadership development, improving communications skills, job readiness and search, educational advocacy
- Financial self-sufficiency: including education, workforce development
- Special needs: including those of women veterans
- Civic involvement/political engagement