Our Application Process

Striving to fulfill the Jewish commitment to Tzedakah, we choose to fund organizations working to sustain the quality of life for middle class families in Baltimore City, and the Jewish community locally, nationally, and in Israel.

In 2016, we embarked on the process of refining our Jewish and Israel giving strategies. The goal is to narrow our interests and grant making to three to five funding areas of focus in 2017 and beyond. By narrowing our scope, we hope our grant making will have deeper impact and meaning. Consequently, we are not making new grants during this process. We expect to complete this strategic evaluation by the end of the first quarter of 2017. We will update the website once our funding areas are finalized.

Because of the particular focus and approach of our grant making, we do not accept unsolicited letters of inquiry or grant applications. If you believe your organization falls within one of our areas of interest and would like to make us aware of your work, please contact Misty Gibson, Director of Grants Administration, with a brief description of how your work aligns with our mission and philanthropic goals.

We fund general operating support, programmatic support, capital projects, capacity building, and challenge grants. Grants do not exceed 10% of an organization’s total annual operating budget. To receive support, your organization must demonstrate 501(c)3 or Israel Amuta status.

Please note that we do not provide grants for: 

  • Individuals
  • deficit financing
  • galas, special events or advertising space in programs
  • health related initiatives
  • non-Jewish national initiatives political activities 

The application process begins with our staff requesting a letter of inquiry from your organization. After review, our grant making committee may request a full grant application. You will be notified by email and receive a formal letter regarding the outcome of your request. If a grant application is approved, you will receive a formal Grant Award Letter and Grant Agreement.

Our grant-making committee reviews letters of inquiry and grant applications continuously throughout the year.