What we fund

JWGF awards grants through both a gender and a Jewish lens, honoring our cultural traditions of tzedekah (philanthropic giving) and tikkun olam (repairing the world). We seek to promote social change by addressing the root causes, concerns and challenges facing women and girls of all faiths, in Baltimore and around the world. Grants are awarded in amounts between $5,000 and $20,000. Please review our grants eligibility and restrictions listed below.

Eligibility and restrictions

Grants are awarded to improve the lives of women and/or girls. Women and/or girls must be the primary beneficiaries of the grant. Men, boys or families may benefit from the mission of JWGF only if their inclusion is incidental to the project.

  • JWGF endeavors to allocate at least 50 percent of its funds each year in the Jewish community.
  • Through our annual grant cycle, organizations must apply for funding during each year grant cycle for a particular project. JWGF will fund a project for no more than two consecutive years.
  • JWGF grants may not be used for loans, scholarships or sponsorships, overhead costs, political campaigns or to fund capital campaigns.
  • JWGF will fund a program on the national level only if it impacts the lives of women and/or girls nationally or in the state of Maryland.
  • At this time, international proposals will be accepted by invitation only.
  • JWGF does not accept proposals outside of our defined grant cycle. We release our RFP via email in September each year and final decisions are made the following May.


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