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Grant Guidelines

Defining Social Change

The Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation funds programs that create social change for women and girls.  For the Foundation, social change philanthropy focuses on the root causes of social and economic injustices and supports organizations that are getting to the root causes of problems instead of only addressing the symptoms.

When reviewing applications from potential grantees, the Foundation uses the “Four Shifts of Social Change”  to help evaluate a potential grantee’s social impact.

Organizations We Fund

The Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation will distribute RFPs by invitation only for the 2016 – 2017 grant cycle.  Please contact TOWF to answer any questions you have regarding the Foundation’s grant-making program by calling 301-348-7353.

In the 2016 – 2017 grant cycle, TOWF will fund:

1)  Invited organizations creating social change for:

  • Jewish women and girls in the Washington, DC metropolitan area;
  • Low-income immigrant women and girls in the Washington, DC metropolitan area;
  • Women and girls in Israel.

2) Invited organizations addressing social change for women and girls through the following avenues:

  • by promoting freedom from the risk of violence and abuse;
  • increasing women’s voice and influence in society and policy;
  • fostering religious equality, engagement, and intercultural understanding;
  • supporting women and girl’s empowerment and leadership.

Grant Amounts

In the past, TOWF grants have ranged from $1,000 to $30,000; $10,000 is the median grant.  Please review the list of our past and current grantees on TOWF’s website to see the average size and amount of the grants awarded in the past.

Eligibility and Restrictions

Grants are made only to tax-exempt organizations that qualify under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Grants are not made to individuals.

The Foundation does not:

  • Provide funding for an applicant organization’s general operating costs. However, we fund indirect costs associated with administering a specific project that receives a Foundation grant.
  • Support university faculty chairs, endowments, capital campaigns, or building funds.
  • Make loans, fund political campaigns or activities, award scholarships/tuition reimbursements, provide sponsorships, or buy tickets/tables for special events as part of its grant-making program.

The Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation cannot support all eligible projects. Please take the time to review our guidelines thoroughly to determine if your organization, program, project, or initiative meets the Foundation’s criteria.

Selection Process and Reporting

The Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation will distribute RFPs by invitation only for the 2016 – 2017 grant cycle. After reviewing proposals, the Foundation will invite selected organizations to schedule a site visit and submit any additional information if necessary.  Full proposals are reviewed by Foundation trustees, who make final funding recommendations. Organizations will be notified about final funding decisions by email.

After a grant has been awarded, grantees will be required to write a short mid-term report and/or attend a midterm meeting to discuss progress. A final report/evaluation will be due at the end of the grant period.  Grantees may be asked to host an additional site visit during the grant period.

Grant Cycle Schedule

November Invitations sent to submit a proposal for grant cycle
December Proposals due by 3:00 pm EST
February and March
Local DC Site Visits and Israel Virtual Site Visits
June Announcement of Grant Awards
July Grants Begin
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