The JFRE Fund significantly contributes toward tangible and enduring capital needs aligned with the Jewish Federation’s priorities. Grants are awarded to capital projects in the Greater Philadelphia area, including Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, and in Israel and overseas.

This fund supports capital projects that allow for a new acquisition, new construction, a substantial expansion, or rehabilitation of an existing service/construction or the replacement or renovation of a deteriorated capital asset. Projects that enhance the quality of Jewish community life, link the Jewish community with its heritage, contribute to usable community infrastructure, or serve as a resource for children, youth, and adults are strongly encouraged.


New and existing projects are eligible for consideration.

Synagogues and Hillels are not eligible for funding in 2018-2019. Jewish day schools are only eligible for funding if applying for security-related projects.

Capital need must be focused primarily on the Jewish community.

Organizations in greater Philadelphia must have its own IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt designation. Organizations in Israel be a registered Amuta with Rasham Ha’amotot and maintain its Malkar status.

Applicants are eligible for grants between $5,000 and $50,000, but consideration will be given to larger requests.

Projects must focus on one of the following target areas: Jewish life and learning or vulnerable populations. Priority will be given to projects serving vulnerable populations, but general Jewish life and learning projects will be considered.

Projects that have received funding for three years in a row are not eligible to receive grants until the next funding cycle.


All proposals are due January 25, 2018 to grants@jewishphilly.org.

All applicants will be contacted no later than May 4, 2018 regarding the status of their proposal.

Grant seekers should contact the Grants & Evaluation Department at grants@jewishphilly.org to learn more about how to submit an application.