grant guidelines

JWF has identified economic security and empowerment for women and girls as its focus for the next 3 – 5 years (2021 – 2026). For the 2022-2023 grant cycle, projects/organizations addressing reproductive rights, housing insecurity, and affordable childcare will be given priority. Organizations based in the US do not need an invitation to apply, but Israeli organizations MUST be invited. Please read JWF’s grant guidelines to learn more. For questions, please contact Holly Carotenuto, Grants & Program Manager, at holly@jwfpalmbeach.org.

2022 – 2023

grant cycle timeline

Friday, August 5thRequest for Letters of Inquiry
Friday, September 9thLetters of Inquiry due
Friday, October 21stNotification to applicants inviting / declining full proposal
Friday, November 18thAll proposals due
Friday, March 3rdGrant awards announced

funding guidelines & restrictions

Currently, geographic areas for funding are limited to the United States and Israel. Please carefully review the following guidelines:

  • JWF is a social change organization and as such only funds social change programs.
  • US organizations located outside of Florida must have a program or presence in Florida to be considered.
  • Grants are awarded for either project support or general support, but only feminist social change organizations are eligible to receive general support funding.
  • We will only accept one LOI per organization per grant cycle.
  • JWF only allocates multi-year grants, with the second year of funding contingent upon grantees’ attainment of pre-determined benchmarks.

Israeli organizations/projects:

  • Proposals for grants in Israel will be accepted by invitation only.
  • No more than half of all grants awarded each year fund projects in Israel.
  • To be considered for an invitation, please carefully review JWF’s grant guidelines and email a one-page summary of the project/organization to holly@jwfpalmbeach.org between April 1 – June 1. No phone calls, please.

All applicants should note the following restrictions:

  • JWF does not fund direct service, meaning a program or project focused on meeting immediate needs.
  • JWF will not grant scholarships or make allocations to individuals.
  • JWF will not allocate grants for event sponsorships.

JWF will approve grants that are consistent with its mission, vision, and goals and are based in the Jewish values of tzedakah (righteous giving), tikkun olam (repairing the world) and gemilut chassadim (acts of loving kindness).

All proposals will be considered through the prism of a “gender lens.” Using a gender lens means understanding the unique challenges women and girls face pursuing equality and the ways in which systems, institutions, and policies must change to advance women’s equality. A project or program that includes or specifically targets women and girls is not necessarily designed using a gender lens.

As stated above, JWF will only fund projects that address women and girls’ economic security and empowerment, which includes policy work, advocacy campaigns, and educational programs.

Examples of specific topics include:

  • Paid Leave
  • Affordable Childcare
  • Financial Literacy
  • Programs specifically designed to improve girls’ long-term earning potential
  • Social change employment programs

If you have questions about JWF’s grant guidelines or grantmaking process, please email holly@jwfpalmbeach.org.


JWF allocates grants between $10,000 and $25,000 per grant award. All awards are 2 year grants, meaning a grant of $10,000 is $10,000 per year for two years. JWF provides both project and general operating grants, but only feminist social change organizations are eligible to apply for general operating support.

Organizations are eligible to receive 2 two-year cycles of funding (4 years) and thereafter will be unable to apply for the next grant cycle (2 years).

JWF’s priority is to benefit Jewish women and girls, but funding is not limited to Jewish organizations.

JWF will award grants and special allocations only to organizations that have IRS 501(c)3 tax designations or fiscal agents with IRS 501(c)3 tax designations.

6 social challenge indicators

  1. Shift in Definition -The issue is defined differently in the community or larger society
  2. Shift in Behavior – People are behaving differently in the community or larger society.
  3. Shift in Engagement – People in the community or larger society are more engaged.
  4. Shift in Policy – An institutional, organizational, or legislative policy or practice has changed.
  5. Maintaining Past Gains – Past gains have been maintained, generally in the face of opposition.
  6. Building Sustainable Institutions – Catalyzing and sustaining social change by strengthening institutions that stand for and work for such changes.

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