JEWISH FUND FOR JUSTICE GRANTMAKING GUIDELINES
The purpose of the Jewish Fund for Justice grantmaking program is to support non-profit organizations working to alleviate the root causes of poverty and the disenfranchisement of low-income people in the United States.
JFJ supports community-based organizing and advocacy that promotes leadership development and builds community self-sufficiency to strengthen the impact of low-income people in the public debate on issues affecting their lives.
Jewish Fund for Justice Geographical Target Areas:
JFJ only supports groups working in six metropolitan areas—Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, and Washington D.C—and five states in the greater South—Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas. For definitions of the six metropolitan areas, see our website or call our office.
There are separate geographic criteria for the Engaging Jews in Social Justice program area; see the attached supplementary guidelines for details. Also note that the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO), an independent initiative housed at JFJ, funds nationally.
Jewish Fund for Justice Grantmaking Issue Areas:
Economic Justice: Groups in this issue area work to promote economic security and self-sufficiency for low-income people and their communities through campaigns such as building alliances between labor and community groups, organizing living-wage campaigns, advocating for job training and job programs, improving conditions in the workplace, organizing for community reinvestment and against predatory lending, preserving and strengthening public assistance programs, and promoting community economic development.
Women in Poverty: Groups
in this issue area fight poverty among economically disadvantaged women,
who are disproportionately heads of households, women of color, and immigrants
and refugees. JFJ supports groups that are run by and for women, that
organize and advocate on issues that directly affect the lives of women
and girls, that help women attain economic self-sufficiency, and that
provide leadership development, skills training, and support networks.
Building Community: Groups in this issue area strengthen low-income communities by bringing residents together into strong multi-issue neighborhood or faith-based organizations. JFJ supports groups that stress long-term institutional development, view issues as a vehicle for training highly-skilled leaders, use relationship-building techniques, and hold decision-makers accountable for meeting democratically-determined demands.
Assisting New Americans: Groups in this issue area organize immigrants and refugees to assert their rights to fair and humane treatment and help them gain a foothold in society. JFJ supports groups that educate newcomers about their rights and how to protect them, develop immigrant leaders, combat anti-immigrant policies and exploitation in the workplace, fight scapegoating and harassment, and promote civic involvement.
Engaging Jews in Social Justice: Groups in this issue area advance local Jewish activism by educating, training, and mobilizing Jews in sustained efforts to combat poverty and injustice. JFJ supports groups that advocate and organize on poverty issues in partnership with groups based in low-income communities and communities of color, bringing a vital Jewish presence to community economic and social justice struggles. Please see the attached supplementary guidelines for more details on grants in this issue area.
To be considered for funding, a program must meet the following criteria:
In addition to the criteria described above, JFJ is interested in programs that:
JFJ is open to requests for general support as well as for special projects from organizations that address the causes of urban or rural poverty in our geographical target areas. Most JFJ grants are between $7,500 and $20,000.
JFJ does not fund: research, social services programs that do not have an advocacy or organizing component, capital expenditures, media, or publication projects. JFJ also does not fund national organizations, groups with budgets of $1 million or more, technical assistance providers, or intermediaries. Solicitation of individual Board members is discouraged.
SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION
JFJ ACCEPTS THE COMMON APPLICATION FORMS OF BOTH THE NEW YORK AREA GRANTMAKERS AND THE NATIONAL NETWORK OF GRANTMAKERS.
Because our application process is extremely competitive, we require that you speak with a JFJ program officer before submitting an application.
The proposal (II - VI below) should be no longer than five pages. To ensure that we receive all the information we need, we suggest the following format:
Describe your criteria for a successful project, how you will know that the project has succeeded. Focus on outcomes, being as concrete and specific as possible. We would like to see both process-related outcomes (e.g. number of leaders trained, number of people mobilized) and issue-related outcomes (e.g. number of instances of police misconduct reduced by a new police reform policy, number of low-wage workers whose salaries were raised by an average of how many dollars by a new living wage ordinance). Make sure you let us know the number of people you expect to be effected by your work, if it is successful.
All applications must be postmarked by June 1 for the fall cycle or December 15th for the spring cycle. Please do not spend extra money to send proposals by Federal Express or Express Mail. Send proposals to: