Your guide to Foundation grants
To be considered for funding, an organization must meet several requirements:
- Applicants must submit evidence of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be a governmental unit
- Applicants must carry on their work principally to serve lower-income individuals in the communities in which they reside
- Applicants must be committed to assisting vulnerable and at-risk populations
Note: If you previously submitted a Letter of Inquiry to the Foundation and the request was declined, please do not submit a second Letter of Inquiry for the same project unless there are substantial changes that would make a new submission appropriate.
Please click here for more information.
Those applying for a grant should give special attention to the Foundation’s geographic priorities, which provide the “first cut” in the initial review of a request.
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has permanently broadened its geographic focus for capital grants only.
Funding nationally (beyond the Foundation’s “hometowns”) had been restricted to grants for Older Adults and Workforce Development. But the Weinberg Foundation is pleased to announce that capital grants throughout the United States and Israel now will be considered in any of our program areas, subject to the Foundation’s other grantmaking criteria. Letters of inquiry (LOI) will be received on a rolling basis.
The maximum length for an LOI is three (3) pages. LOIs will be reviewed *only* if three (3) pages or less. LOIs exceeding three pages will not be considered.
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has two locations in Owings Mills, Maryland and Honolulu, Hawaii. The Hawaii operations are entirely separate and accordingly all communication and correspondence regarding these matters, including specific grant requests, should be directed to:
3660 Waialae Avenue, Suite 400
Honolulu, HI 96816-3260
The only building owned or operated by the Foundation, and displaying the names of Harry and Jeanette Weinberg, are the Foundation’s offices in Owings Mills, Maryland. All other buildings named for Harry and Jeanette Weinberg – wherever located in the world — are owned and operated by either the recipient organizations that received a Foundation grant or by other third-parties not affiliated with The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.
What We Fund
The Foundation provides support for programs and direct services (including general operating grants) and capital projects that assist financially disadvantaged individuals primarily located in Maryland, Hawaii, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Israel, and the Former Soviet Union. Click here to explore our various program areas.
What We Don’t Fund
- Debt reduction
- Annual appeals and fundraising events (in most cases)
- Endowments (in most cases)
- Arts and culture
- Colleges and universities
- Political action groups
- Academic or health research
- Scholarships for higher education
- Think tanks
Your Grant Application Process
While The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is pleased to provide a Hebrew version of our website, all LOIs and grant applications must be in English. Thank you for your understanding.
Step 1 – Letters of Inquiry
The Foundation accepts Letters of Inquiry (LOI) on a rolling basis and reviews them weekly. Nonprofits may submit a LOI when they are ready to do so without any restrictive Foundation deadlines.
The maximum length for an LOI is three (3) pages. LOIs will be reviewed only if three (3) pages or less. LOIs exceeding three pages will not be considered.
The Foundation will confirm receipt of each LOI within 30 days. Then, within another 45 days, the grant applicant will receive notification either that the LOI was declined or that the applicant is invited to submit a full grant proposal.
For detailed information on LOIs, including program-specific questions, click here.
Please submit your LOI by *one* of the following three methods: email, mail, or fax. Please *do not* submit your LOI using multiple methods which results in duplication during processing and evaluation.
If the LOI does not follow the suggested format, it will be returned for corrections. E-mailed LOIs need to follow the suggested format and include two electronic signatures. If you cannot provide this in a Word document, you may scan the signatures and send as a PDF or fax the LOI.
You will receive confirmation that the Letter of Inquiry has been received by e-mail (if you provide an e-mail address) and by postcard.
Grants Intake Manager
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc.
7 Park Center Court
Owings Mills, MD 21117
If you have questions about submitting a LOI, including whether your organization meets the grant guidelines of the Foundation, you are encouraged to carefully review the section(s) of the Foundation’s website for each program (funding) area. After reading the detailed information provided on the website, if you still have questions, you are encouraged to contact one of the Foundation’s program directors.
Step 2 – Full Grant Proposals Due
Full grant proposals are submitted to the Weinberg Foundation by the applicant organizations on a rolling basis, approximately one to two months after being invited to submit a proposal.
For detailed information on full grant applications, click here.
General Operating Grant ApplicationGeneral Operating Support Grant Application (pdf) 277.17 kB
Program Grant ApplicationProgram Grant Application (pdf) 302.63 kB
Capital Project Grant Application (includes Capital Grants Documentation Form)Capital Project Grant Application (pdf) 260.82 kB
Step 3 – Review of Grant Proposals
The Program Director typically communicates with the grant applicant about specific questions and secures external opinions about the grant proposal before review by the Program Committee, including the Weinberg Foundation Trustees. These are some of the factors that can lengthen the process. The Program Director will make every effort to keep the applicant informed about the expected decision date.
Step 4 – Grant Decisions Made and Communicated
Organizations that receive grant approvals from the Weinberg Foundation will receive a letter of congratulations as the first step in the award process. At that time, the contract phase of the process begins. Approximately one month after the grant is approved, two copies of a grant contract will be mailed to the grantee. Typically the grantee will take one to two weeks to review, sign, and return the contract. Upon receipt of the signed contracts from the grantee, the Weinberg Foundation will review the signed contract, make sure any changes made are acceptable, and will sign both contracts, keeping one in the Foundation files and forwarding one copy to the grantee. If the grant award is an operating or program grant without any challenge component, a check will be issued for the first payment approximately one month after the signed contract is received. The grantee returns a receipt of payment to the Foundation. After one year, the grantee will submit an annual evaluation report.
Organizations whose requests are not funded will be notified in writing through the mail. The Foundation does not include its rationale in this letter, but you may call your assigned Program Director for additional information.