grant guidelines
JWF has identified economic security and empowerment for women and girls as its priority issue for the next 3 – 5 years (2021 – 2026). All of JWF’s activities will focus exclusively on education, advocacy, and grantmaking that supports and promotes social change in this critical area. Please read JWF’s grant guidelines carefully before contacting our office or submitting a Letter of Intent.

The 2021-2022 grant cycle is now closed.


our shared vision

JWF’s shared vision is to promote economic, religious, social and political equality for women and girls throughout the state of Florida and in Israel. To achieve that vision, JWF utilizes strategic, gender lens grantmaking to provide both project and general support to nonprofits whose mission reflects our own. JWF Trustees are committed to take risks to fund issues that other organizations do not address.

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 info@jwfpalmbeach.org between April 1 – June 1. We are no longer accepting requests from Israeli organizations.
  • 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 talya@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.
2021 – 2022

grant cycle timeline

Friday, August 6thRequest for LOIs
Friday, September 10thLOIs due by 4pm (ET)
Friday, October 8thNotification to applicants inviting / declining full proposal
Friday, November 12thAll proposals due by 4pm (ET)
Friday, March 4thGrant awards announced