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Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation (TOWF) of Greater Washington Grant

Grants to Washington, D.C. Metro Area Nonprofits
to Create Social Change for Women and Girls

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Foundation / Corporation

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Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation (TOWF) of Greater Washington

Deadline Date:

12/15/17 3:00 PM EST


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Grants typically ranging from $1,000 to $30,000 to Washington, D.C. metropolitan area nonprofit organizations that are working to create social change for women and girls. The Foundation will accept grant proposals from organizations that fall into one of the following categories:

1. Washington, D.C. metropolitan area organizations creating social change for local Jewish women and girls.
2. Washington, D.C. metropolitan area organizations focused on social change for local low-income immigrant women and girls.

This year, TOWF will consider funding programs in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area involving Jewish and/or low-immigrant women and girls that address, but are not limited to, the following issues:

- Building advocacy on the front lines of current issues affecting women and girls
- Protecting the rights of low-income immigrant women and girls
- Mobilizing the next generation of girls and young women for political leadership and action
- Improving civil discourse in a polarized society

TOWF’s focuses on social change philanthropy that addresses the root causes of social and economic injustices and supports organizations that are getting to the root causes of problems instead of only addressing the symptoms.

When reviewing applications from potential grantees, the Foundation uses the “Four Shifts of Social Change” to help evaluate a potential grantee’s social impact. See Pre-Application Information for more details.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 137637

Estimated Size of Grant:

In the past, TOWF grants have ranged from $1,000 to $30,000, with the typical grant between $10,000 and $15,000.

Term of Contract:

A one-year grant will run from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made only to tax-exempt organizations that qualify under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Grants are not made to individuals.

The Foundation does not:

- Support university faculty chairs, endowments, capital campaigns, or building funds.
- Make loans, fund political campaigns or activities, award scholarships/tuition reimbursements, provide sponsorships, or buy tickets/tables for special events as part of its grant-making program.

Pre-Application Information:

The submission deadline is Friday, December 15, 2017 by 3:00 PM EST. Please note: Only Washington D.C. organizations may apply directly. Israel-based organizations’ LOIs are by invitation only.


Information about the “Four Shifts of Social Change”:

Grant Cycle Schedule
- November: RFP released
- December: Letters of inquiry due
- January: Selected organizations will be invited to submit a proposal
- March/April: Local DC site visits and Israel virtual site visits
- June: Announcement of grant awards
- July: Grants begin

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit an LOI online:

For more information, please contact the Foundation’s Executive Director, Karen Paul, at 301- 348-7376 or

Grant Coverage Areas:

Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland;   Virginia;   Washington, DC