grant guidelines
JWF is currently undergoing strategic planning to evaluate and determine our goals and desired social change impact for women and girls; as such, our 2020-2021 grant cycle is suspended until this process is complete. Please check the website in spring 2021 for updated information.

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 note these important guidelines:
    • US organizations located outside of Florida must have a program or presence in Florida to be considered. 
    • Proposals for grants in Israel will be accepted by invitation only. To be considered for an invitation, please email a one page summary of the project/organization to info@jwfpalmbeach.org no later than one month before LOIs are being accepted. No phone calls, please.
    • JWF only allocates multi-year grants, with the second year of funding contingent upon grantees’ attainment of pre-determined benchmarks.

    It is important to note the following restrictions:

    • JWF does not fund direct service, meaning a program or project focused of 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.

    JWF will focus on the following issue areas with emphasis on innovation, social entrepreneurship, and gender equality:

    • Health and Safety
    • Economic Empowerment

    Within these categories, JWF’s grantmaking prioritizes organizations or projects focused on the following impact areas:

    • Gender based violence/violence prevention
    • Labor/employment issues


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). As a general policy, JWF will not consider a third cycle of funding.

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.

grant cycle timeline


Friday, August 7th

Friday, September 11th

Friday, October 9th

Friday, November 13th

Friday, March 12th


Request for LOIs

LOIs due by 4pm (ET)

Notification to applicants inviting/declining full proposal

All proposals due by 4pm (ET)

Grant awards announced