Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit: Grants for Michigan

OVERVIEW: The Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit supports the needs of women and girls in Michigan.

FUNDING AREAS: Jewish women and girls

IP TAKE: This women’s group looks beyond just Metro Detroit and supports organizations elsewhere in Michigan too.

PROFILE: Established in 1999, the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit (JWFMD) is a local women’s foundation that is part of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. The Jewish Federation and United Jewish Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit created this foundation to support causes that will have an impact on the lives of girls and women. The foundation aims to advance "social change by expanding opportunities for Jewish women, their families, and community.” It funds local efforts for Jewish women and girls.

The Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit supports local organizations that promote healthy lifestyles, life skills, and self-esteem training for women and girls. JWFMD also addresses domestic abuse, financial literacy, self-sufficiency, social opportunity, and job training. The funder looks to enhance the quality of life for women and girls through Judaism and by creating social change through strategic grantmaking. A majority of grants go to federation agencies, but other grants go to outside organizations that serve the Jewish community, the general community, to synagogues, and to causes in Israel. Overall, the funder does not support capital campaigns, individual scholarships, political groups, or special event tickets. Funding is typically for only a single year.

Grants range between about $5,000 and $20,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving on the grants awarded page of the funder’s website. Grantmaking focuses on Detroit and other communities in Michigan. Past local grantees include the Fresh Air Society, MSU Hillel & Hillel Campus Alliance of Michigan, and the Jewish Community Center.

This foundation accepts unsolicited letters of intent from Michigan nonprofits. In the past, the letter of intent deadline has been at the end of January, full proposal deadline in April, site visits throughout May, and award announcements in June. Direct general questions to the staff via online form.

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