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Jewish Women's Foundation (JWF) of Metropolitan Chicago Grant

Grants to Chicago Area, Illinois, Israel, and International Nonprofits for
the Economic Security, Health, and Education of Jewish Women and Girls

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Jewish Women's Foundation (JWF) of Metropolitan Chicago

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Deadline Date:

08/01/19 4:00 PM CST


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to Chicago Metropolitan Area, Illinois, Israel, and International nonprofit organizations for projects and programs that improve the lives and status of Jewish women and girls. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to applying. Funding is intended for economic security, legal reform, health and well-being, and education or leadership development for women and girls.

For more information on the above focus areas, see here:

JWF is committed to improving the overall status of Jewish women and girls, and funds projects that promote social change by addressing at least one of the indicators described below:
- Shifting definitions and reframing issues: An issue is defined differently in the community or larger society as a result of your work.
- Shifting individual and community behavior: People behave differently in the community or larger society as a result of your work.
- Shifting critical mass and engagement: People in the community or larger society are more engaged as a result of your work.
- Shifting institutions, systems and policies: An institutional, organizational, or legislative policy or practice changes as a result of your work.
- Maintaining earlier progress: Past gains are maintained, generally in the face of opposition, as a result of your work.

JWF supports organizations through general operating and project specific funding. General operating support will only be awarded to organizations focusing exclusively on promoting social change for Jewish women and girls.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181273

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant award for domestic organizations (within the United States) is $7,500 and for international organizations is $5,000. There is no maximum grant award but at present the grants generally range from the minimums to $25,000.

Term of Contract:

JWF considers organizations for funding on a year-to-year basis. Previous funding does not guarantee continued funding. A program or project may be funded for up to five consecutive years, followed by one year off from funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- JWF funds 501(c) 3 organization, those sponsored by a fiscal agent with their own 501(c) 3 status, and Israeli amutot (nonprofits) by way of Jewish Federations of North America.
- JWF prioritizes initiatives in the Chicago metropolitan area. However, proposals concerning Jewish women and girls in Israel and around the world will be considered.

- JWF does not fund political campaigns or organizations such as PACS.
- JWF does not make loans, award scholarships/tuition reimbursements, nor does it provide sponsorships or buy tickets/tables for special events.
- JWF does not fund group homes.

Israeli programs and projects must be specifically designed to foster social change for Jewish women and girls on a national OR regional level OR be a localized program/project that can serve as a model to be replicated in other parts of the country (depending on how long the project has been operating). Localized programs/projects operating for 5 years or less need only demonstrate the ability to replicate. After a localized Israeli program/project has been operating for more than 5 years, JWF funding must be used in significant measure for replication outside of the current location.

Pre-Application Information:

2019 Deadlines:
- Letter of Intent (LOI) Opens: 9AM CST on Monday, April 1, 2019
- Letter of Intent (LOI) Submission Date: 4:00 PM CST on Wednesday, May 1, 2019
- Status Notification: by early-July 2019
- Proposal Submission Date (by invitation only): 4:00 PM CST on Thursday, August 1, 2019
- Final Notification: by December 31, 2019

Applicants are encouraged to contact JWF offices before applying.

JWF considers an organization's overall support of women and girls, as well as the specific project or program for which an organization is seeking a grant. This includes the extent to which Jewish women and girls are included among the organization's leadership and in key staff positions.

Domestic organizations (within the United States) have no restriction on the number of Letters of Intent they may submit each year as long as they are for distinctly different programs. International organizations (outside of the United States) are eligible to submit one Letter of Intent per year.

JWF believes the following document, developed by the Preserving the Public Trust Task Force of ForeFront, is an excellent resource on nonprofit governance, management, and legal compliance:

Application Information:

JWF held two “Office Hours” conference calls for domestic and international applicants. Applicants called in during that time with questions regarding the grant guidelines and focus areas, eligibility, and the application process. The recordings for each call can be found here:
- Domestic Applicants:
- International Applicants:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register and apply online:

Amy Saltzman, JWF Program Officer
(312) 444-2846

Jewish Women's Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
30 S Wells
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-357-4850
Fax: 312-855-3284

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: Chicago Metropolitan Area


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.