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-NJ).
For information on grant requirements, applications, and important dates, see our Apply For A Grant page.
For a complete list of prior grants, see the JWF-NJ Grant History page.
Before you proceed, please familiarize yourself with the following guidelines that may impact your eligibility.
- JWF-NJ provides grants to local organizations in-state; they need not be Jewish to receive funds.
- JWF-NJ funds projects through a gender lens.
- JWF-NJ 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-NJ values and encourages leveraging other funds, collaborations, or other partnerships.
- JWF-NJ considers an organization’s overall support and inclusion of women and girls, as well as the specific project for which it is seeking a grant. This includes the extent to which women and girls are included among leadership and key staff.
- 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-NJ does not fund political campaigns or organizations such as PACs, capital campaigns, or endowments.
- JWF-NJ does not make loans or award scholarships/tuition reimbursements, nor do we provide sponsorships or buy tickets/tables for special events or international travel.
- JWF-NJ will consider grant requests for programs or projects one year or less in duration and for amounts up to $5,000 for its Impact Grants Cycle in the fall and $25,000 for its 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.
JWF-NJ funds gender-based projects 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, college and career readiness, educational advocacy
- Financial self-sufficiency: including education, workforce development
- Special needs: including those of women veterans
- Civic involvement/political engagement
- And more...