Grants

Grant Process 2018 OPEN

Every act of tikkun olam—of repairing the world—is a spark that will light the way for the future.

Purpose of Grants

Jewish Helping Hands launched its Tikkun Olam Grant program in 2012 to advance our goal of inspiring and supporting tzedakah, justice and righteousness, throughout the world.  Our goal is to help vulnerable populations in the United States and abroad through a variety of programs focused on economic development and social empowerment, with a particular focus on those demographics that have been overlooked and/or marginalized.

In cooperation with local communities, JHH supports programs that are sustainable and scalable through financial and hands-on support. Our objective is to promote organizations and projects that will make a tangible and lasting difference in the lives of the populations they serve. With each of our grants, JHH also intends to share its experience and expertise, so as to help further our joint mission.

Criteria for Grants

JHH values programs and projects that aim to bring about positive change for groups of all backgrounds and religious affiliations.

JHH will consider making grants to individuals or organizations that show clear promise to achieve one or both of the following:

  • Respond to unmet needs of those who are poor and/or marginalized
  • Promote self-help and empowerment within communities

JHH does NOT make grants to capital, building, or political campaigns, scholarships, fellowships, or programs administered by for-profit entities.  Additionally, JHH grants CANNOT be used to subsidize administrative salaries or expenses, as we require 100% of all grants to be used for the intended program. 

Who Should Apply for a Tikkun Olam Grant

In the 2018 Grant Cycle, we are focusing especially on projects to improve these areas:

  • Infant Hunger
  • Clean Water Access
  • Paths to Independence/ Self-Sufficiency

We are also focusing especially on projects in these areas:

  • Africa
  • United States
  • Worldwide impoverished Jewish populations

Potential partners are those who look to take on what may appear to be intractable problems, to address the needs of overlooked or ignored populations, and to use their creativity and personal commitment to find solutions where others may be convinced there are none. We seek partners who will continue to persevere and continue to help people in need.

At JHH, we look to support those who will create partnerships with other organizations and local populations to enlarge the circle of involvement and inclusiveness.  Effective applicants will show respect for the opinions and ideas of others, and will work to draw them in to the circle of concern.

JHH especially seeks to partner with grassroots organizations who utilize resources local to their communities especially when those projects support the safety and health of the community members.

To ensure that our funding makes the most impact, JHH will give preference to organizations with smaller budgets (operating budgets under one million dollars) and projects that would otherwise not be possible without our assistance.

Who Should NOT Apply for a Tikkun Olam Grant

JHH will NOT make grants to organizations with substantial budgets (operating budgets over a million dollars) or subsidiary parts of such organizations.

JHH will NOT support overhead or administrative salaries and expenses.

JHH will NOT make grants to capital, building, or political campaigns, scholarships, fellowships, or programs administered by for-profit entities, or micro-loan programs.

JHH will NOT welcome applications from paid professional fund-raisers.

Types of Grants

Tikkun Olam Grants are awarded annually.  A typical grant award may be up to $5,000. Grant recipients may reapply to have their grants renewed one time.  Organizations can apply for additional grants for new projects.

Application Process

Step One: (to be completed by September 12, 2017)

Please submit the initial inquiry form

Grant Inquiry Form

Step Two: (to be completed by December 11, 2017)

Selected organizations will be notified by November 7th, and invited to submit Full Applications. Unfortunately, we are unable to notify those organizations not chosen.

The Full Application should begin with a Letter of Application (LOA) not exceeding 3 pages in length.  The LOA should describe the needs to be met, the objective of the program or project, the proposed methodology of the program or project, and the expected impact (i.e., the number of people to be impacted/areas to be served.)  The LOA should also indicate whether the proposed project or program would duplicate an existing service within the community and, if so, how it would improve upon an existing service.

In the LOA please be sure to include the following:

  • Full name and contact information of the sponsoring organization and/or the individual responsible for the proposal
  • Mission of the project or program
  • Method for measuring success
  • Target constituency
  • Specific objective of the program or project
  • Details of how those benefitting from the project or program are/would become directly involved in the orchestration of the project

As attachments to the LOA, you must include:

  1. A proposed operating budget for the project or program, including the amount of funding requested from JHH and the amount of funding expected from other sources.
  2. If applicable, please also attach the organization’s general operating budget and an IRS determination letter of not-for-profit status (or non-US equivalent).

We encourage all grant applicants to consider partnering with other local groups, and to include information on such partnerships when applicable.

Step Three: (December 12, 2017-March 16, 2018)

The Grant Making Committee of JHH will notify finalists of their application status.  During this time period, all finalists will be invited for interviews, either in person or via skype/telephone.  Additionally, during this time JHH may make site visits to finalists.

Step Four: (May 1, 2018)

The Grant Making Committee of JHH will contact the grant recipients.  At this time, the duration and details of the grant will also be announced.

What to Expect After Receiving a Grant

JHH will maintain steady contact and communication with all projects and programs that receive a Tikkun Olam Grant, both to oversee the use of the grant money and to maintain and strengthen the partnership between JHH and all grant recipients.  Grantees will be required to submit progress and financial reports detailing the use and results of the funding, as well as work with JHH in coordinating potential JHH site visits and/or working visits to contribute to the efforts of the project.

Please submit all applications or queries to grants@jewishhelpinghands.org