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Jewish Women’s Foundation (JWF) of Metropolitan Detroit Grants

Grants to Michigan Nonprofits to Promote
Social Equity for Jewish Women and Girls

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Jewish Women’s Foundation (JWF) of Metropolitan Detroit

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Deadline Date:

04/09/18 12:00 Noon


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Grant of up to $10,000 and grants of up to $20,000 to Michigan nonprofits for programs that benefit Jewish women, girls, and families. LOIs are due January 31, 2018. Funding is also available for a women's health lecture or health project. Priority is given to projects that address the root causes of challenges to women, girls, and their families and promote sustainable or systemic social change that benefits the community.

Collaborative efforts among organizations requesting funds for projects are valued and encouraged, as are projects with an advocacy component that benefits the Jewish community.

The JWF funds with a “gender lens” and a “Jewish lens.” They are interested in projects that benefit Jewish women and/or girls and their families. Gender lens funding does not exclude men and boys.

In addition to the Single Year Grants of up to $20,000, applications may be considered for the following:

Challenge Grant
In 2018, a grant applicant may submit a Letter of Intent for a single year Challenge Grant for any project. The Challenge Grant will match new funds raised by the Grantee during the grant period that are specifically earmarked for the Challenge Grant project.

The Alfred and Sandra Sherman JWF Women’s Health Grant
In 2018, the Foundation will award up to one grant for a women’s health lecture or women’s health project in an amount up to $10,000. The regular 2018 Letter of Intent and Final Grant Application Instructions and Timeline for grants apply.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177190

Number of Grants:

Although there is no predetermined number of grants, at least one grant will be awarded each year. The Alfred and Sandra Sherman JWF Women’s Health Grant: In 2018, up to one grant will be awarded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Single-Year Grant: Up to $20,000
-Challenge Grant: Up to $20,000
-Alfred and Sandra Sherman JWF Women’s Health Grant: Up to $10,000

Term of Contract:

The Grant Period for the 2018 Single Year Grant is July 2018 through September 2019. Multi-year grants will not be offered in 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations must have their own IRS 501(c)(3) designations or use a fiscal agent with IRS 501(c)(3) designation. Grant requests for programs, projects or initiatives must be in Michigan.

If your organization does not have an IRS 501(c)(3) status, the Foundation will accept an application on your behalf from a fiscal agent that has an IRS 501(c)(3) designation. Your fiscal agent must be willing to accept a possible grant award, disburse the funds to pay project costs and sign off on interim and final grant progress reports. Call the office to discuss.

If your organization is a religious institution that does not have an IRS 501(c)(3)S designation letter, you should also call the office.

Not Funded:
-Individuals, individual loans, individual scholarships, and award tuition reimbursements;
-Political campaigns, political organizations, or PAC’s.
-Tickets/tables for special events
-Capital campaigns

Pre-Application Information:

The JWF only accepts Letters of Intent outlining fully planned projects. Please take the time to review the JWF Guidelines thoroughly to determine if your organization, program, project or initiative meets the JWF’s criteria.

Applicants are encouraged to call or email staff to discuss the appropriateness of requests prior to submitting Letters of Intent.

Information on Applying for Challenge Grants

- Grant applicants requesting a Continuation Funding Grant with no Challenge component for a specific project that has received at least two previous Continuation Funding Grants from the JWF may be required by the JWF to apply for a Challenge Grant. Grant applicants will be notified of this requirement following the Letter of Intent phase of the application process.

- The Challenge Grant will not exceed a “dollar for dollar” match (100%).

- Challenge Grant disbursements will be made semi-annually during the grant period, as the Grantee raises and earmarks dollars. Disbursements are contingent on documentation verifying new dollars raised during the grant period that are earmarked for the Challenge Grant project.

- Deadline for Letters of Intent: 12:00 noon, Wednesday, January 31, 2018
- Notification to all Applicants: By March 9, 2018
- Deadline for Final Grant Applications: 12:00 noon, Monday, April 9, 2018
- Site Visits for Final Applicants: Throughout May 2018
- Grant Awards Announced by June 30, 2018


Contact Information:

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

Submit a letter of intent:

Susan Cassels Kamin, Director
P: (248) 203-1524
F: (248) 645-7843

Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit
6735 Telegraph Road
P.O. Box 2030
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303-2030

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan