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:
The 2021-2024 Grant Cycle is closed.
Click here to see the 2021-2024 Request for Proposal, Grant Eligibility and Guidelines.
Jewish Women’s Foundation is no longer accepting Letters of Intent for the 2021-2024 Grants Cycle. JWF granted $150,000 over three years to four programs benefitting Jewish women and girls — two locally and two in Israel.
|Previous 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 6, 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.
Grants approved in May 2021 for funding by the JWF range across a variety of JWF Impact Areas, serving Jewish women and girls at various points on both the religious and socioeconomic spectrum. They represent great opportunities for expanding awareness of, and connection to, the diversity of our community.
Jewish Women’s International
Partial funding for a three-year financial education program for young women in the San Diego Jewish community. This pilot program includes an education series, bootcamps, and one-off community speaker events covering topics such as goal setting, negotiating, investing, navigating transitions, and building a prosperous future. Multiple cohorts will be formed to create community with networking opportunities around learning.
Beth Jacob Congregation
To create an adaptation of Moving Traditions’ Rosh Hodesh program for the needs of Orthodox young women; and to train a cohort to implement the program as a pilot in the San Diego Orthodox community. The program provides a safe space for young women, teens, and girls to have healthy conversations about sensitive topics and to provide a space to broaden their horizons and identities as young women.
Shavot – Friends of Asor
This grant will provide an extra year of support and leadership development for the graduates of Shavot’s Mentoring Program. Middle school girls meet monthly as a group and weekly with a 1:1 mentor to strengthen leadership skills such as public speaking, self-presentation, and entrepreneurship.
Impact Israel – Friends of Yemin Orde
Post high school gap year program (Mechina) that aims to empower and transform young women from at-risk and immigrant communities. Girls are provided with resources, skills and necessary support to rise above their circumstances, succeed in the IDF, and become active members of society. JWF funding will support an Advocacy Skills program where girls will create and implement an awareness campaign about a cause significant to them.