Grant Guidelines

Geographic Focus

Those applying for a grant should give special attention to the Weinberg Foundation’s geographic focus, which provides the “first cut” in the initial review of a request. Capital grants throughout the United States and Israel will be considered in any of our program areas, subject to the Foundation’s other grantmaking criteria. But please contact the appropriate program team member to discuss your request before submitting your Letter of Inquiry (LOI), received on a rolling basis.

Maryland, Greater Chicago, Hawaii,
NE Pennsylvania
National Israel
Program Areas Capital Program/
Capital Program/
Capital Program/
Older Adults
Workforce Development
Education •* •* •**
General Community Support  
Basic Human Needs & Health    

*In Maryland, Baltimore City, and Baltimore County only
**Early childhood centers and capital projects only for children and youth at-risk


The percentages displayed are goals, not requirements. Reflecting Harry Weinberg’s overarching concern for vulnerable older adults, this area of giving represents the largest portion of the Foundation’s total grants allocation. While grantmaking amounts for the various program areas may fluctuate from year to year, the diagram below represents the ideal distribution among all Foundation areas of giving:

Basic Human Needs & Health 10% grantmaking goals
Disabilities 10%
Education (US & Israel) 15%
General Community Support 15%
Older Adults 30%
Veterans <5%
Workforce Development 20%

Capital Grants

At least 50% of the Foundation’s grantmaking must be capital grants. To qualify for capital grant consideration, the proposed project must meet the following criteria:

  • Specific, confirmed plans, including value-engineered drawings and confirmed total project costs.
  • At least 50 percent of project costs have been raised.
  • Services provided through the project must be consistent with the Foundation’s overall grantmaking criteria as well as the priorities for the particular program area.

The Foundation prefers to provide support in the later stages of a capital campaign, after construction costs are fixed and a substantial portion of the funding has been raised. The Foundation’s charter also sets a threshold for the total funding it can provide to any one capital project at a maximum of 30 percent. However, grants are often approved for lower amounts.

Capital Grants 50%
Program and Operating Grants 50%

Jewish Community

The Foundation’s charter—written by Harry Weinberg—not only emphasizes a commitment to services and care for low-income and vulnerable older adults but also sets particular goals for grantmaking to support the Jewish community.

As one of the largest foundations committed to both the Jewish community as well as the community-at-large, the Foundation has a goal of 60 percent of all grants annually (approximately $60 million) supporting the Jewish community and 40 percent (approximately $40 million) funding the community-at-large.

Jewish Community 60%
Community-at-large 40%