Our Grants

Our grants reflect the richness and complexity of our mission.

We are funding programs to combat trafficking into and in Israel.

We are helping female asylum seekers locally fleeing the threat of gender-based violence.

We are supporting programs for teens and young adults that raise awareness about healthy relationships
and prevent future generations from suffering abuse. And the list goes on.


Our grants are transforming our communities

Self-esteem

More than 250 girls gained leadership skills through a Jewishly-framed educational program that met every month for three years.

Economic empowerment

Low-income Israeli women started their businesses so they could feed their families through our support of micro-enterprise initiatives.

Advocacy

Latina women were taught to advocate for themselves and their children to fight poverty, gender inequity and racism in their communities.

Relationships

Teens are learning to recognize controlling and abusive relationships, such as bullying and sexual harassment, through a program called It’s Not Love.

Employment

Women who are facing age and gender discrimination when searching for a job participated in employment training.

Legal rights

We’ve helped women whose husbands deny them a divorce in Israel gain freedom.

Underneath the numbers is where the real story lies

Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse occurs in the Jewish community at the same rate as the general population.

Rebecca, a Jewish 17-year-old, participated in an interactive program called “It’s Not Love,” that helps teens learn the signs of abusive relationships and rethink how to handle unhealthy situations for themselves, their friends and their family. As a direct result of this program, it became clear to Rebecca that her dad’s behavior at home was abusive. She successfully persuaded her mom to seek help, ultimately leading to a safer, happier environment for herself, her mom, and her younger siblings.

CASA de Maryland

Abuse among domestic workers occurs even in high profile households.

Martha’s heart filled with excitement as she boarded the plane to America with her new employer, a diplomat. What an opportunity – she would work in his home, caring for his children and doing light house cleaning. Or so she was told. Upon her arrival in the US, everything changed. Martha was forced to cook, clean and scrub for 16-hours a day, six days a week, hardly ever allowed to leave the house. Exhausted and heartbroken, she had nowhere to turn. Until she learned about CASA de Maryland. The group – made up primarily of volunteer women who had been victims themselves – helped coordinate her escape. Without their organized effort, offering physical protection, legal guidance and hope, leaving would have been virtually impossible. Six years later, Martha leads rescues for other women and lobbies on Capitol Hill for domestic worker rights. Her volunteer work at CASA de Maryland has helped countless women.

Young Women Politicians

Nitzan Senior, journalist and entrepreneur. Nitzan is leading the #SheVotes campaign which is being supported through “Achot, Shtayim, Shalosh”, a grantee of Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation.

Nitzan Senior established "Young Women Politicians", a socio-political enterprise whose goal is to encourage young women to become politicians. Today in Israel, women make up 28% of elected officials on the state level, and 14% on the local level—very low percentages. When women are not around the decision-making table, their voices are not being heard. In most cases politicians will not promote the interests of a group that is not present.

"Through the women’s activist forum “Achot, Shtayim, Shalosh” I won a grant to support my initiative. This has enabled us to get guidance in planning, strategy, graphic design, logistics and promotion. It is the first time we have launched a campaign and the support we received throughout the process has helped us to create a convincing and professional campaign. I hope that in the next election we will find that more women voted and more women are elected!"

Our Grants by Year

Apply for a Grant

TOWF offers unrestricted support (including capacity building and general operating support) to organizations that are inspired by Jewish values, utilize a gender lens in all aspects of their work, and aim to create social change. Grants are also awarded for new or existing programs that meet these criteria.

TOWF will distribute an RFP on October 17, 2018. The submission deadline for RFPs is Wednesday November 28, 2018 by 5:00pm EST. You must submit your Letter of Inquiry (LOI) electronically by completing this form.

This year, TOWF will consider funding programs in the metro Washington, DC area involving Jewish and/or low-immigrant women and girls that address, but are not limited to, the following issues:

  • Building advocacy on the front lines of current issues affecting women and girls
  • Protecting the rights of low-income immigrant women and girls
  • Mobilizing the next generation of girls and young women for political leadership and action
  • Improving civil discourse in a polarized society
  • Pre-selected organizations in Israel addressing social change for women and girls.

Preference in Israel will be given to programs that are operating on a national or regional level and/or can serve as a model to be replicated in other parts of the country.

The Foundation reviews applications by late January. At that time, selected organizations will be invited to submit a proposal.

Thank you for considering the Foundation as a prospective partner in your work. We encourage you to review the information regarding social change for women and girls before beginning the application process. This will assist you in understanding how we will review your proposal.

For more information, please contact the Foundation at 301-348-7376 or judy.mason@shalomdc.org

Creating Social Change

The Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation of Greater Washington creates social change for women and girls. Our social change philanthropy addresses the root causes of systemic injustices.

Organizations We Fund

TOWF funds 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. (By invitation only.)

Grant Amounts

The typical grant size is $10,000-$15,000.

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.

Grant Cycle Schedule

2018
  • October - RFP released
  • November - Letters of inquiry due
  • January - Selected organizations will be invited to submit a proposal
2019
  • February – full proposals due
  • March/April - Local site visits and Israel virtual site visits
  • June - Announcement of grant awards
  • July - Grants begin

Our Grants by Year