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Tikkun Olam Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits
and Individuals to Aid Underprivileged Communities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Jewish Helping Hands (JHH)

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Grants of up to $5,000 to USA, Canada, and International nonprofits and individuals for a wide range of economic development and social empowerment projects that will aid underprivileged populations. LOIs are due September 12. A particular focus will be given to those demographics that have been overlooked and/or marginalized.

JHH values programs and projects that aim to bring about positive change for groups of all backgrounds and religious affiliations. JHH especially seeks to partner with grassroots organizations who utilize resources local to their communities especially when those projects support the safety and health of the community members.

The Foundation seeks to support programs that are sustainable and scalable through financial and hands-on support. The objective is to promote organizations and projects that will make a tangible and lasting difference in the lives of the populations they serve.

Potential partners are those who look to take on what may appear to be intractable problems, to address the needs of overlooked or ignored populations, and to use their creativity and personal commitment to find solutions where others may be convinced there are none.

JHH looks to support those who will create partnerships with other organizations and local populations to enlarge the circle of involvement and inclusiveness. Effective applicants will show respect for the opinions and ideas of others, and will work to draw them in to the circle of concern.

In the 2018 Grant Cycle, the Foundation is focusing especially on projects to improve these areas:

- Infant Hunger
- Clean Water Access
- Paths to Independence/ Self-Sufficiency

The Foundation is also focusing especially on projects in these areas:

- Africa
- United States
- Worldwide impoverished Jewish populations

Preference will be given to organizations with smaller budgets (operating budgets under one million dollars) and projects that would otherwise not be possible without the Foundation's assistance.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174694

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $5,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individuals and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply.

JHH will consider making grants to individuals or organizations that show clear promise to achieve one or both of the following:

- Respond to unmet needs of those who are poor and/or marginalized
- Promote self-help and empowerment within communities

Who Should Not Apply for a Tikkun Olam Grant:

- JHH will not make grants to organizations with substantial budgets (operating budgets over a million dollars) or subsidiary parts of such organizations.

- JHH will not support overhead or administrative salaries and expenses.

- JHH will not make grants to capital, building, or political campaigns, scholarships, fellowships, or programs administered by for-profit entities, or micro-loan programs.

- JHH will not welcome applications from paid professional fund-raisers.

Note: JHH does not make grants to capital, building, or political campaigns, scholarships, fellowships, or programs administered by for-profit entities. Additionally, JHH grants cannot be used to subsidize administrative salaries or expenses, as JHH requires 100% of all grants to be used for the intended program.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Process:

Step One: (to be completed by September 12, 2017)
Please submit the initial inquiry form.

Step Two: (to be completed by December 11, 2017)
Selected organizations will be notified by November 7th, and invited to submit Full Applications. Unfortunately, those organizations not chosen will not be notified.

Step Three: (December 12, 2017 - March 16, 2018)
The Grant Making Committee of JHH will notify finalists of their application status. During this time period, all finalists will be invited for interviews, either in person or via skype/telephone. Additionally, during this time JHH may make site visits to finalists.

Step Four: (May 1, 2018)
The Grant Making Committee of JHH will contact the grant recipients. At this time, the duration and details of the grant will also be announced.

Selection criteria:

Contact Information:

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

Inquiry Form:

Please submit all applications or queries to

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.