Start-Up Grants, Jewish Women's Foundation of New York

Start-up organizations that are based in the New York Metropolitan area or organizations with a national focus with a portion of programming focused in New York that have been in existence for 1 – 7 years and have operating budgets of $500,000 or less are invited to apply for one-year grants between $5,000 and $15,000.

North America
Apply by: 
Feb 16, 2018

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Posted January 8, 2018.


The Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York imagines a world in which all women and girls in the Jewish community are ensured a healthy and supportive environment… a world in which we all have equal opportunity for economic, religious, social and political achievement.

The Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York works to make this world a reality by providing education on vital issues, funding innovative programs, engaging in advocacy efforts and encouraging our donors to view all philanthropic efforts through a gender lens.

Our Grants

Start-up organizations that are based in the New York Metropolitan area or organizations with a national focus with a portion of programming focused in New York that have been in existence for 1 – 7 years and have operating budgets of $500,000 or less are invited to apply for one-year grants between $5,000 and $15,000. JWFNY believes in the influence of new leaders and organizations that bring innovative ideas and approaches to women’s and girls’ issues in the Jewish community. The Foundation's goal is to increase access to seed and early funding and strengthen the impact of emerging organizations.

These grants may be used for general operating, capacity building or program support, and JWFNY defines these areas as:

  • General Operating: The day to day costs of running an organization. This includes but is not limited to: office space, staff salaries, marketing materials and other essentials.
  • Capacity Building: Investments in strengthening the management and governance of an organization. This includes but is not limited to: strategic planning, leadership development, computer software and marketing assistance.
  • Program Support: Funding designated toward a specific set of activities that have explicit objectives. The activities have a predetermined time frame and can be one-time, such as a conference, or ongoing. Applicants may include relevant administrative and overhead costs as long as those amounts are proportional with the prospective activities.

Gender Lens

JWFNY utilizes a gender lens in all of our activities and encourages organizations that we partner with to do the same. Using a gender lens examines how people experience a situation differently depending on their gender identity. It also includes looking at outcomes by gender and using this information to refine an approach to more effectively respond to gender needs. For more information on using a gender lens, read US Trust’s guide: Giving through a Gender Lens.

Social Change

We are interested in how your program influences and brings about “shifts” in social change. Specifically, we would like to know how the program is: changing how an issue is defined, changing individuals’ behaviors, increasing community engagement, changing policies and systems, and/or maintaining past gains. JWFNY only funds direct services if the program transforms individuals’ behaviors for the long term and has an impact on the larger community. For more information on social change programming, see Clohesy Consulting’s social change diagram: The Social Change Indicators Matrix.

Our Focus: Leadership Advancement

We define leadership advancement as promoting new leaders and furthering opportunities for existing leaders among women and girls. We are interested in partnering with organizations that are inspired by Jewish values, and promote gender diversity in leadership and women’s involvement in areas in which they are underrepresented (e.g.: political, social, cultural, and religious realms). Leadership training that builds women’s capacity to hold positions of power can be included as part of this work, but we are not looking for programs that exclusively provide leadership training. We aim to build a movement where people of all genders work toward women’s and girls’ equality and leadership.

In addition to considering organizations and programs that promote leadership advancement among constituents, we will also provide funding for the promotion of strong female leadership within an organization. An organization may nurture their female social entrepreneurs and professionals by offering professional development opportunities, creating growth opportunities, or by addressing structural barriers within the organizations that inhibit the success of women leaders. Please note that JWFNY will not provide grants for scholarships.

JWFNY will consider organizations and programs that work toward the following for women and girls:

Short-Term Outcomes:

  • There is increased access and opportunity to positions of leadership, entrepreneurship, and decision-making
  • They have the capacity and technical capabilities needed to be strong leaders
  • They have overcome barriers and demonstrated the ability to exert the power necessary to operate with autonomy and independence
  • Women and men in power move society forward by improving the status of women and girls
  • Employers and managers have the tools needed and are held accountable for advocating for diverse leadership and creating an inclusive culture where people of all genders excel
  • Gender norms are challenged and appropriately addressed in programming

Long-Term Outcomes:

  • There is equal representation in positions of power and authority
  • Assumptions, stereotypes, and structural barriers to leadership have been overcome
  • There are an ample number of women and girls who serve as role models and advocates who offer encouragement and inspiration to aspiring leaders
  • All members of the community see leadership roles as equally accessible regardless of gender
  • There is greater equality in all realms of life including in homes, schools, workplaces, and communities at large


Your organization must meet the following criteria:

  • Your organization conducts programs in New York. Organizations with a national focus may also apply, as long as a portion of the programming is focused in New York.
  • Is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization or has a fiscal sponsor.
  • In existence for 1 – 7 years.
  • Operating budget of $500,000 or less.

Application Guidelines

All applications must be received online no later than 12:00 PM on Friday, February 16, 2018.

Dates to Remember:

February 16, 2018: Applications are due.

Week of April 23, 2018: JWFNY will notify the organizations that have been selected to participate in interviews.

May 23 and 24, 2018: Interviews for final candidates.

June 2018: JWFNY will notify applicants in writing of final decisions.

For more information, please contact JWFNY Program Manager Rachel Siegel at [email protected] or by phone at (212) 836-1193.