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Tikkun Olam Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Organizations
and Individuals to Aid Underprivileged Communities

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Jewish Helping Hands (JHH)

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International organizations and individuals for a wide range of economic development and social empowerment projects. Applicants must submit a preliminary form prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to provide basic needs to vulnerable populations. A particular focus will be placed on demographics that have been overlooked and/or marginalized.

JHH values programs and projects that aim to bring about positive change for groups of all backgrounds and religious affiliations. JHH will consider making grants to individuals or organizations that show clear promise to achieve one or both of the following:

  • Respond to unmet needs of those who are poor and/or marginalized
  • Promote self-help and empowerment within communities

In the 2021 Grant Cycle, JHH is focusing primarily on projects that provide the basic necessities for a decent life:

  • Women’s Empowerment
  • Education
  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Clothing
  • Water
  • Health
  • Internet Connectivity

JHH is also focusing especially on projects in Africa, Asia, Central America, United States, and any impoverished Jewish Communities.

JHH especially seeks to partner with grassroots organizations that utilize resources local to their communities especially when those projects support the safety and health of the community members. To ensure that funding makes the most impact, JHH will give preference to organizations with smaller budgets (operating budgets under one million dollars) and projects that would otherwise not be possible without JHH's assistance.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174694

Estimated Size of Grant:

Projects in the United States are eligible for awards up to $10,000.
Projects in all other countries are eligible for awards up to $5,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

JHH is currently accepting applications for projects in the United States and Worldwide.
JHH is currently not accepting applications for projects in Israel.

JHH will consider making grants to individuals or organizations.

- JHH will not make grants to organizations with substantial budgets (operating budgets over a million dollars) or subsidiary parts of such organizations.
- JHH will not support overhead or administrative salaries and expenses.
- JHH will not make grants to capital, building, or political campaigns, scholarships, fellowships, or programs administered by for-profit entities, or micro-loan programs.
- JHH will not welcome applications from paid professional fund-raisers.

JHH does not make grants to capital, building, or political campaigns, fellowships, or programs administered by for-profit entities. Additionally, JHH grants cannot be used to subsidize administrative salaries or expenses, as we require 100% of all grants to be used for the intended program.

Pre-Application Information:

Submissions for projects in the United States will be accepted until October 14th, 2021.
Submissions for project in all other countries will be accepted until September 14th, 2021.

To Apply:

Step One: (to be completed by September 14, 2021 OR October 14, 2021 for USA projects)
- Please submit the initial inquiry form

Step Two: (to be completed by December 14, 2021)
- Selected organizations in the United States will be notified by November 14th, 2021; selected organizations in all other countries will be notified by November 4th, 2021. If your organization is selected, you will be invited to submit a Full Application.

The Full Application should begin with a Letter of Application (LOA) not exceeding 3 pages in length. The LOA should describe the needs to be met, the objective of the program or project, the proposed methodology of the program or project, and the expected impact (i.e., the number of people to be impacted/areas to be served.) The LOA should also indicate whether the proposed project or program would duplicate an existing service within the community and, if so, how it would improve upon an existing service.

Step Three: (January 3, 2022 - March 15, 2022)
- The Grant Making Committee of JHH will notify finalists of their application status. During this time period, all finalists will be invited for interviews, either in person or via Skype/telephone. Additionally, during this time JHH may make site visits to finalists.

Step Four: (May 9, 2022)
- The Grant Making Committee of JHH will contact the grant recipients. At this time, the duration and details of the grant will also be announced.

Grant recipients may reapply to have their grants renewed one time. Organizations can apply for additional grants for new projects.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please submit all applications or queries to

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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