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Jewish Women's Foundation (JWF) of Metropolitan Chicago Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits
for Programs that Benefit Jewish Women and Girls

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Jewish Women's Foundation (JWF) of Metropolitan Chicago

Conf. Date:

04/19/21

LOI Date:

05/03/21

Deadline Date:

08/03/21 4:00 PM CST

Description:

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations for programs that enhance the lives and status of Jewish women and girls. Certain applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to applying. Focus areas include education and leadership development, health and well-being, economic security, and legal reform for girls and women.

JWF Chicago funds in three main areas. Prospective grantees are invited to submit project and program proposals that relate to these targeted areas:

  1. Economic Security/Legal Form for Women and Girls
  2. Education/Leadership Development for Women and Girls
  3. Health and Well-Being for Women and Girls

For more information on the above focus areas, see the URL for Full Text, below.

Overall Considerations

  • JWF Chicago funds with a "gender lens" and a "Jewish lens." The Foundation is interested in projects that recognize that Jewish women and girls have unique needs because of their gender and because of their religious and cultural heritage.
  • The Foundation funds projects that promote social change by addressing at least one of the indicators described below:
    • Shifting definitions and reframing issues: An issue is defined differently in the community or larger society as a result of your work.
    • Shifting individual and community behavior: People behave differently in the community or larger society as a result of your work.
    • Shifting critical mass and engagement: People in the community or larger society are more engaged as a result of your work.
    • Shifting institutions, systems, and policies: An institutional, organizational, or legislative policy or practice changes as a result of your work.
    • Maintaining earlier progress: Past gains are maintained, generally in the face of opposition, as a result of your work.
  • JWF Chicago considers an organization's holistic support of women and girls, as well as the specific project or program for which you are seeking a grant. This includes the extent to which Jewish women and girls are included among your leadership and in key staff positions.
  • JWF Chicago supports organizations through general operating and project-specific funding. General operating support will only be awarded to organizations focusing exclusively on promoting social change for Jewish women and girls.

Starting in the 2021 grants cycle, JWF Chicago will offer three grant opportunities:

  • Annual Grants: One-year funding open to all applicants within JWF Chicago’s overall eligibility requirements
  • Innovation Grants: One-year funding open to start-up organizations in operation three years or less, or existing organizations instituting a pilot project not yet in operation
  • Multiyear Grants: Three-year funding open to current JWF Chicago grantees and/or organizations previously funded by JWF Chicago in any of the past three grant cycles (since 2018)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181273

Number of Grants:

There is no predetermined number of Annual or Innovative Grants. JWF Chicago will award up to three Multiyear Grants per grant cycle.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Annual Grants: The minimum award is $10,000. There is no maximum grant amount.

- Innovation Grants can be awarded at any amount. There is no minimum or maximum Innovation Grant amount.

- Multiyear Grants: JWF Chicago will award up to $20,000 per grant in Year 1, up to $20,000 per grant in Year 2, and up to $10,000 per grant in Year 3. Funding in Year 2 and Year 3 will be contingent on applicant’s progress towards stated benchmarks.

Term of Contract:

- Annual Grants: JWF Chicago considers organizations for funding on a year-to-year basis. Previous funding does not guarantee continued funding. A program or project may be funded for up to five consecutive years, followed by at least one year off from funding.

- Innovation Grants: JWF Chicago considers organizations for funding on a year-to-year basis. When applicable, previous funding of an organization does not guarantee funding for an Innovation Grant. Startup organizations are eligible to receive an Innovation Grant for up to two consecutive grant cycles and then may segue to the general JWF Chicago application process for a total of five years of consecutive funding, the current limit for JWF Chicago grantees.

- Multiyear Grants are three-year grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- JWF Chicago funds 501(c) 3 organizations, those sponsored by a fiscal agent with their own 501(c) 3 status, and Israeli amutot (nonprofits) by way of Jewish Federations of North America.
- JWF Chicago considers initiatives concerning Jewish women and girls in the Chicago metropolitan area, throughout the United States, in Israel, and around the world.

- JWF Chicago does not fund political campaigns or organizations such as PACS.
- JWF Chicago does not make loans, award scholarships/tuition reimbursements, nor does it provide sponsorships or buy tickets/tables for special events.
- JWF Chicago does not fund group homes.

Israeli programs and projects must be specifically designed to foster social change for Jewish women and girls on a national OR regional level OR be a localized program/project that can serve as a model to be replicated in other parts of the country (depending on how long the project has been operating). Localized programs/projects operating for 5 years or less need only demonstrate the ability to replicate. After a localized Israeli program/project has been operating for more than 5 years, JWF funding must be used in significant measure for replication outside of the current location.

Annual Grants Eligibility:
Organizations that meet JWF Chicago’s overall eligibility requirements may apply for an Annual Grant. Israeli organizations must also meet the special geographic/replication eligibility requirements.

Innovation Grants Eligibility:
Start-up organizations, whether domestic or international, that have been in operation for three years or less, or existing organizations instituting a pilot project not yet in operation may apply for an Innovation Grant.

Multiyear Grants Eligibility:
Current JWF Chicago grantees and/or organizations funded by JWF Chicago, whether international or domestic, in any of the past three grant cycles (since 2018) that have demonstrated a solid track record of reaching benchmarks may apply for a Multiyear Grant. Organizations must be in existence for at least three years to qualify.

For additional details about the above three grant opportunities, see here: https://www.juf.org/jwf/Potential-Grant-Awards.aspx

Pre-proposal Conference:

JWF will hold “Office Hours” conference calls for domestic and international applicants. Applicants can call in during that time with questions regarding the grant guidelines and focus areas, eligibility, and the application process.

Contact Amy Saltzman for the meeting passwords.

Domestic applicants:

Thursday, April 15 from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM CT
Join by Video: https://bit.ly/3mcN2Pl
Dial-in Number: (312) 626 - 6799
Meeting ID: 940 6651 2476

International Applicants:

Monday, April 19 from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM CT
Join by Video: https://bit.ly/3uajzbt
Dial-in Number: (312) 626 - 6799
Find Your Local Number: https://zoom.us/u/abLJL2Si5j
Meeting ID: 976 5043 5098

Pre-Application Information:

2021 Deadlines - Multiyear Grants (by invitation only) and Annual Grants:
- Letter of Intent (LOI) Opens: 3:00 PM CST on Monday, April 6, 2021
- Letter of Intent (LOI) Submission Date: 4:00 PM CST on Monday, May 3, 2021
- Status Notification: by early-July 2021
- Proposal Submission Date (by invitation only): 4:00 PM CST on Tuesday, August 3, 2021
- Final Notification: by December 31, 2021

2021 Deadlines - Innovation Grants
- Proposal Opens: 3:00 PM CST on Tuesday, April 6, 2021
- Proposal Submission Date: 4:00 PM CST on Monday, May 3, 2021
- Final Notification: by December 31, 2021

Applicants are encouraged to contact JWF Senior Program Officer Amy Saltzman to discuss their proposed request before applying.

Domestic organizations have no restriction on the number of Letters of Intent (LOI) they may submit each year as long as each LOI is for a distinctly different program. International organizations are eligible to submit one LOI per year.

Application Information:
https://www.juf.org/jwf/Grants_How-To-Apply.aspx

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 or apply online: https://juf-grants.smapply.org/

Amy Saltzman, Senior Program Officer
AmySaltzman@juf.org
(312) 444-2846

Jewish Women's Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
30 S Wells
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-357-4850
Fax: 312-855-3284

Online contact form: https://www.juf.org/jwf/ContactUs.aspx

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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;

Israel

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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