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Grants to New Jersey Nonprofits for Projects to Address the Needs of Women and Girls


Geographic Focus

USA: New Jersey: Essex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren counties

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Spring Cycle - Large Grants

Jewish Community Foundation (JCF) of Greater MetroWest NJ - Jewish Women’s Foundation of New Jersey (JWF-NJ)

Grant Provider's 990

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #178854

Grant Description

Grants of up to $25,000 to New Jersey nonprofit organizations for services, projects, and programs that address the needs of local women and girls in eligible counties. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. The Foundation primarily focuses its support in the following counties: Essex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren. Occasionally, the Foundation will consider requests outside these geographic areas.

JWF funds gender-based projects and programs that recognize that women and girls have unique needs and interests and address the following areas:
  • Self-esteem: including body image, healthy behaviors, interpersonal relations
  • Abuse prevention: including domestic violence, substance and sexual abuse, human trafficking, bullying
  • Empowerment in the workplace, educational system, and family: including leadership development, improving communications skills, job readiness and search, educational advocacy
  • Financial self-sufficiency: including education, workforce development
  • Special needs: including those of women veterans
  • Civic involvement/political engagement


  • JWF funds projects through a gender lens.
  • JWF favors projects that address the challenges that women and girls face and promote social change, rather than requests for general support of an overall program budget.
  • Projects with an advocacy component are welcome.
  • JWF values and encourages leveraging other funds, collaborations, or other partnerships.
  • JWF considers an organization’s overall support and inclusion of women and girls, as well as the specific project or program for which they are seeking a grant. This includes the extent to which women and girls are included among your leadership and key staff.

An agency must use funds to support women, girls, or mothers and their children exclusively.

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be 501(c)3 organizations or those with a fiscal agent with their own 501(c)3. Legal opinion letters of nonprofit status are not sufficient.

JWF-NJ funds both sectarian and non-sectarian agencies. An agency need not be Jewish to receive a grant.


Grants cannot be awarded to individuals, political campaigns, or organizations such as PACs, capital campaigns, or endowments.

JWF does not make loans or award scholarships/tuition reimbursements, nor do we provide sponsorships or buy tickets/tables for special events or international travel.

Projects which support a “majority” of women will not be considered.

Pre-Application Information:

- Dec. 14, 2022: Invitation is open to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) through FOUNDANT grantmaking system. The access code is JWF-FY24
- January 27, 2023: Completed LOIs due
- March 10, 2023: Successful candidates are invited to submit a full proposal
- April 10, 2023: Full proposals due
- April 17-27, 2023: Site visits
- On or before May 19, 2023: Successful applicants are notified
- July 1, 2023: Initial funds are released
- June 30, 2024: Conclusion of grant period

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Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $25,000

Term of Contract:

The Large Grant Period runs from July 1 of a given year through June 30 of the following year. Funding is on a one-year basis; organizations may reapply annually, but funding is not guaranteed.

Contact Information:

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For questions or clarification, please contact Rosemarie Bendik at (973) 929-3062.

Jewish Women's Foundation of New Jersey
901 Route 10
Whippany, NJ 07891
(973) 929-3133

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