Grant awards from the Jewish Women’s Foundation are empowering some of the most vulnerable in our community.
Since its founding, the Jewish Women’s Foundation of San Diego (JWF) has awarded over $1 million to organizations and programs that benefit and enhance the lives of Jewish women and girls locally and globally. Past grant making has addressed a variety of areas including teen girls self esteem, needs of single parents, caring for isolated seniors, and women and girls affected by hunger, homelessness and poverty.
JWF maintains a “one woman-one vote” policy, whereby each member has an equal opportunity to participate in grant making decisions.
2021-2024 Grant Cycle:
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JWF is now accepting Letters of Intent for the 2021-2024 Grants Cycle. JWF will grant up to $120,000 over three years to programs benefitting Jewish women and girls locally and/or nationally and up to $30,000 over three years to programs in Israel. (Israeli programs by invitation only).
|Granting Cycle Timeline
||Request for Proposal Guidelines available.
|January 15, 2021
||Letters of Intent due.
|February 1, 2021
||Selected organizations invited to submit a full proposal.
|March 19, 2021
||Full proposals due.
|May 5, 2021
||Interviews conducted with finalists.
|May 19, 2021
||Grant award winners notified.
- JWF will approve grants that are consistent with its mission and
- JWF funds with both a “gender lens” and a “Jewish lens.” We are interested in programs that recognize Jewish women and girls have unique needs both because of their gender and their religious and cultural heritage. Gender lens funding does not exclude men and boys – sometimes projects that benefit women and girls may include men and boys.
- JWF supports organizations through general operating and project specific funding.
- JWF prioritizes initiatives in the San Diego area. However, we will consider statewide, national and International proposals, particularly in Israel.
- Proposals for grants in Israel will be accepted by invitation only.
- JWF encourages collaborations between non-profit organizations to leverage greater impact than would be accomplished individually.
Grant Impact Areas:
JWF funds in five broad impact areas. Prospective grantees are invited to submit program proposals that fit within one or more of these areas.
- Building Relationships: projects that promote relationships among women from different cultures, denominations and economic status.
- Economic Security: projects that address building financial literacy and self-sufficiency, improving the economic status for women and their families.
- Education, Leadership & Advocacy: projects that provide educational opportunities for women and girls to increase their voices by developing skills such as negotiation and advocating.
- Equity, Social Justice & Legal Reform: projects that address the elimination of injustices and changing attitudes that systematically exclude or disadvantage women.
- Health, Well Being & Safety: projects that protect, promote and educate about health and healthy lifestyles.
Current Grantees: Grants approved in 2018 for funding by the JWF focused on programs supporting Jewish women and girls struggling with hunger, homelessness, and poverty.
With the help of JWF, G’mach – San Diego Jewish Gift Closet, has been able to expand their existing Emergency Fund in order to be able to better serve the most vulnerable Jewish women and girls of the San Diego community.
Coastal Roots Farm
Coastal Roots Farm expanded their existing Holocaust Survivor Produce Delivery Program to provide twice-monthly organic produce boxes an at-home visits to 25 low income women Holocaust survivors and their families.