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We’re passionate about connecting Jewish organizations and leaders with resources intended to help our Jewish communities flourish. Browse our grant opportunities here.

Grant opportunities are currently closed. Please check back in Fall 2021 for additional opportunities.

GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

Jewish Community Fund (JCF)

The Jewish Community Fund is the core of the Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign, our main source of unrestricted dollars to take care of our own communities and help those in need locally, in Israel and around the world.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia has long been guided by our mission of mobilizing financial and volunteer resources to address the communities’ most critical priorities locally, in Israel and around the world. We take care of vulnerable people who need help, engage informed and compassionate communities in repairing the world and energize Jewish life and Jewish learning. To advance this mission, Jewish Federation works closely with partner organizations who share our values and offer programs that sustain members of our communities, strengthen connections to Jewish life, and promote a universal responsibility for Jews both in Israel and across the globe. Our currently funded projects are based around the following broad themes:

All of Israel are responsible for one another (Talmud, Shevuot 39a). 
Serving Vulnerable Populations: As Jews, we are required to care for others in our community, in Israel and around the world, ensuring food security, safe housing, financial independence, and appropriate support for aging with dignity.

Teach a child according to their way, when they are old, they will not depart (Proverbs, 22:6).  
Shaping our Jewish Future: As a community, we are responsible for providing immersive educational and experiential opportunities that create deep and long-lasting connections to Judaism and the Jewish people and inspire the next generation of leaders.
To be a free nation in our land, the land of Zion, Jerusalem (Hatikvah). 
Connecting with Israel: As Zionists, we believe in the centrality of Israel and work tirelessly to create deep connections to the land, ensuring her safety, security, prosperity and existence as a homeland for all Jews.

Israel Engagement Grants

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia awards grants each year to local Jewish organizations, supporting them in bringing Israeli culture to our communities in creative and engaging ways. The fund’s purpose is to provide grants for programs that strengthen Israel engagement via cultural programming. Funds can be used to bring in Israeli performers and artists and/or to create Israel-themed programs that include music, film, arts, dance, literature, lectures, theater, etc. that are open to the community and demonstrate artistic, educational and/or cultural value for the community.

For more information on Jewish Federation’s Israel Engagement Grants please contact Beth Razin: brazin@jewishphilly.org or 215-832-0536.
Organizations operating in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and/or Philadelphia county are eligible.
Applications are now closed.

Women of Vision

The Women of Vision Foundation impacts the lives of Jewish women and girls across generations and geographic boundaries through strategic grantmaking, advocacy, and educational programs leading to social justice and social change. Two-year grants will be awarded to programs in the Greater Philadelphia/ Israel (depending on the funding cycle) area that bring about social change and/or social justice primarily for Jewish women and/or girls.

ELIGIBILITY

Organizations that have a national footprint or are headquartered outside the Greater Philadelphia area is eligible to apply. But organizations may only apply for programs taking place in the Greater Philadelphia area, specifically one or more of the following counties: Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery, and Israel (depending on the funding cycle).

New and existing programs are eligible for consideration.

Programs must be focused primarily on Jewish women and/or girls.

An organization must have its own IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt designation.

Applicants are eligible for grants between $5,000 and $36,000 per year, but consideration will be given to larger requests.

Programs must focus on one of the following target areas: health & safety, empowerment, or economic security among women and/or girls primarily in the Jewish community.

Bernard and Etta Weinberg Fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

The Bernard and Etta Weinberg Fund, a restricted fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, awards grants to projects in the Greater Philadelphia area — including Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties — in three areas: providing geriatric counseling and care management, services for older adults ages 60+, and Jewish education. Programs that feature collaboration with other agencies, service providers and funders are strongly encouraged. Multi-year funding requests (of up to three years) will be considered for organizations serving clients in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Eligibility:

Projects must focus on one of the following target areas: services for older adults ages 60+, including geriatric counseling and care management, or Jewish education.

Organizations considered must serve a significant number of individuals, but do not necessarily have to be “Jewish” organizations.

New, pilot or expansion of existing projects will be prioritized.

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

The application period has closed for 2022 proposals.

Jewish Federation Real Estate (JFRE) Fund

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.

Eligibility:

New and existing projects are eligible for consideration.

Capital needs 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 $100,000, for a one-year grant; consideration will be given to larger requests.

Projects should enhance the quality of community life, link the community with its heritage, contribute to usable community infrastructure, or serve as a resource for children, youth, and adults.

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.

Approximately 80% of the funds will be granted to agencies serving individuals in Greater Philadelphia. Jewish life and learning projects will be prioritized.

Capital Projects related to security will be given priority during the 2019-2020 funding cycle.

Applications for 2020 have closed.

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