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Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta (JWFA) Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits to
Benefit Jewish Women and Girls

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Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta - Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta (JWFA)

Conf. Date:

09/17/20

Deadline Date:

12/31/20

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for social change initiatives. Funding is intended to benefit Jewish women and girls. Focus areas include education, economic empowerment, advocacy, social justice, and violence prevention. Programs serving women and girls in Atlanta, Georgia should address the issues of teen anxiety and mental health, mentorship, and work-life balance.

Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta utilizes strategic grant-making to expand opportunities in the lives of Jewish women and girls. Grants provide sustainable benefits to those the Fund serves and empower Jewish women and girls to be leaders, philanthropists, and decision makers. 

For the 2021 grant cycle, there are three different categories of grants available.

  1. Domestic Projects: Projects taking place within the United States. Domestic grants will be awarded in the following impact areas: economic empowerment, education/leadership, social justice/advocacy, and violence prevention. The Fund accepts funding requests for general operating support or for funding restricted to a particular project.
  2. Renewals for Current (2020) JWFA Grantee Partners
  3. Signature Projects: JWFA recently completed a comprehensive community needs assessment of women and teen girls in Atlanta’s Jewish community. The study identified key challenges and areas of opportunity, and as a result the Fund is seeking Signature Projects to address the following issues in Jewish Atlanta:
    • Desire for and lack of access to quality female mentors, both for women in the workforce, as well as teen girls. According to the study, teens seek to form meaningful relationships with adults outside of their family as an invaluable source of support. Likewise, working women expressed the desire for access to quality mentors to serve as sounding boards, role models and coaches. If addressed properly, increased access to mentors could conceivably alleviate some of the work-life balance struggles within both these populations.
    • “Superwoman Complex” and desire for work-life balance across the age spectrum. The study found that both grown women and teen girls grapple with an ever-increasing pressure to be perfect, while still attending to their personal needs and the needs of others around them. Both populations live with the daily challenge of feeling they must “do it all,” and that failure to do so will result in irrevocable damage to their futures. Projects in this area might address work/life balance, workplace policies, childcare, anxiety, or rethinking what it means to “do it all.”
    • Growing concerns about teen anxiety and mental health, which ultimately leads to anxiety in adults.

Signature projects should address one of more of the issues listed above and should meet the following requirements:

    • Project must occur within the Atlanta metro area and is designed for women and/or girls in the Jewish community.
    • Project must use a gender lens.
    • Project must use a social change framework. Please see the chart on page 5 for more information on the five indicators of social change at https://jwfatlanta.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/JWFA-2021-RFP-7.24.2020.pdf#page=5.
    • Projects can be new or expansions of an existing project.
    • Priority will be given to projects that involve partnership or collaboration.

Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta seeks grantee partners who achieve social change by:

  • Creating long-term changes in the lives of Jewish women and girls and their communities
  • Addressing underlying causes of inequity, suffering, and disenfranchisement
  • Identifying and testing innovative programming solutions
  • Facilitating leadership development as well as the self-empowerment efforts of Jewish women and girls

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176953

Estimated Size of Grant:

The available budget for signature projects is $50,000-75,000 per year. Please note that JWFA’s average grant award is $13,000.

Term of Contract:

Signature Projects: three years

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta accepts Letters of Inquiry (LOI) from tax-exempt organizations that qualify under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Grants are not made to individuals.

Please note: for the 2021 grant cycle, the Fund will not be accepting funding requests from international organizations and programs, including Israel, with the exception of current JWFA Grantee Partners. U.S.-based organizations seeking funding for a project that takes place overseas will be considered international organizations and should not apply.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Informational RFP Webinar:
Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT.

Recording of the informational webinar: https://youtu.be/FM87RDREvR4

Pre-Application Information:

LOIs are due by December 31, 2020.

Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta will review all Letters of Inquiry by late January 2021, after which time you will be notified as to whether or not you will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Interviews will be conducted in mid-to-late spring. Final decisions will be made in May 2021.

JWFA 2020 Grantee Partners do not need to submit an LOI, provided they are requesting funding for the same program in 2021. Please note: after three years of consecutive funding from JWFA, a program must take a year off before applying again. In such instances, organizations may apply for a different program and should submit an LOI by December 31, 2020.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

LOIs must be submitted as a single PDF document by email to rwasserman@jwfatlanta.org with the subject “Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta LOI.”

Rachel Wasserman
Jewish Women's Fund of Atlanta
678-222-3716
rwasserman@jwfatlanta.org

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