JWF Grant Calendar & Guidelines

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Thank you for your interest in applying for a grant from the Jewish Women’s Foundation of South Palm Beach County.

Before you proceed with a Letter of Intent, please review JWF’s grant guidelines.

Organizations based in the U.S. are eligible to apply without an invitation.

Mission Statement

The Jewish Women’s Foundation of South Palm Beach County, referred to as “JWF,” was created to empower women donors to be leaders, decision makers and agents for change. By making grants to qualified organizations and agencies for specific programs, JWF seeks to provide Jewish women and children, both locally and abroad, with improved opportunities and life choices.

General Considerations

We are interested in programs that recognize that Jewish women and children have unique needs because of both their gender and their religious and cultural heritage.

JWF is committed to improving the overall status of Jewish women and children, and funds projects that promote social change by addressing at least one of the indicators described below:

Attempting to shift the following areas:

  • Definitions and reframing of issues: An issue is defined differently in the community or larger society as a result of your work.
  • Individual and community behavior: People are behaving differently in the community or larger society as a result of your work.
  • Critical mass and engagement: People in the community or larger society are more engaged as a result of your work.
  • 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.

Special Eligibility Requirements for Israeli Grantees

  • JWF evaluates unique Israeli programs and projects specifically designed to encourage and cultivate social change for Jewish women and children.

JWF considers your organization’s overall support of women and children, as well as the specific program for which you are seeking a grant. This includes the extent to which Jewish women are included among your leadership and in key staff positions.

Grant Categories (see full page for more details)

  • Economic Security/Legal Reform for Women and Children
  • Health and Abuse Prevention for Women and Children
  • Education/Leadership Development for Women and Children

Grant Calendar and Application Process

  • Deadline to submit a Letter of Intent - Wednesday, August 25, 2021
  • Notification to applicants inviting/declining full proposal – Thursday, October 28, 2021
  • Deadline for Specified Agencies submit full Grant Application – Thursday, December 16, 2021
  • JWF Trustee Grant Review Meetings – January 2022 – March 2022
  • Final Notification of Grants Awarded – Thursday, March 17, 2022

Grant Criteria

  • Grants programs should seek to elevate the development and empowerment and/or education of Jewish women and children.
  • Programs must also address a genuine need and provide measurable results.
  • The geographic areas we serve are South Palm Beach County, Florida, Israel and other underserved populations overseas.
  • Organizations must have their own 501(c)3 tax status or with a fiscal agent that is a 501(c)3 public charity.
  • JWF will not fund political campaigns, make loans, provide sponsorships, buy tickets/tables for special events or pay for ongoing or existing staff and volunteer costs.
  • An organization may apply for funding for only one program per year, requesting a maximum grant amount of $20,000.
  • Grant dollars must be used within the period for which they have been required, or they must be returned within that period. We appreciate that organizations have an open book policy with us to discuss issues on a case by case basis.

General Process

To apply for funding, please submit a grant application form including the following items:

  • Copy of IRS 501(c)(3) letter or with a fiscal agent that is a 501(c)3 public charity (if you are not a partner agency of the Jewish Federation of SPBC).
  • A list of your organization’s Board of Directors and mission statement.
  • JWF program budget form and budget notes.
  • Most recent audit.
  • Organizational brochures, newsletters and other promotional materials (electronically in separate attachment).
  • Links to videos highlighting your organization, specifically the program for which you are applying for funding, if possible.

Eligibility and Restrictions

  • We fund only organizations with their own status as a 501(c)3 public charity or with a fiscal agent that is a 501(c)3 public charity.
  • We do not fund political campaigns or organizations such as PACS.
  • We do not make loans, award scholarships/tuition reimbursements, nor do we provide sponsorships or buy tickets/tables for special events.


CONTACT INFORMATION

Stacey Lipton, Director, Foundation Leadership Engagement
561.852.6027 | StaceyL@bocafed.org