How We Give

The Weinberg Foundation fulfills its mission of meeting the basic needs of people experiencing poverty by providing grants across five focus areas. These grants serve a range of populations primarily within the Foundation’s priority communities. Most grant requests should align with one of the four core focus areas: Housing, Health, Jobs, or Education. The Community Services focus area is intended for community organizations operating multiple programs that meet a range of needs, spanning these four core focus areas.

Housing

The Foundation is dedicated to supporting organizations that provide safe and affordable housing.

Health

The Foundation is dedicated to supporting organizations that help children, adults, and families lead healthy lives.

Jobs

The Foundation is dedicated to supporting organizations that help people secure and keep quality jobs with opportunities for advancement.

Education

The Foundation is dedicated to supporting organizations that provide or supplement a high-quality education from kindergarten through high school.

Community Services

The Foundation supports service providers who operate multiple programs meeting a range of needs, which also align with the Foundation’s core focus areas.

Grants

The Weinberg Foundation’s grantmaking reflects the wishes of Harry and Jeanette Weinberg, as outlined in the Foundation’s charter, as well as the laws and public policy that govern private philanthropy in the United States and Israel.

The Foundation’s Program Committee (comprised of the trustees, president and CEO, and program team) is responsible for the Foundation’s grantmaking and meets regularly to make decisions regarding the award and distribution of grant funds.

The Foundation does not fund the following interests/entities:

  • Individuals
  • Arts and culture
  • Post-secondary scholarships
  • Debt reduction
  • Colleges and universities
  • Religious institutions and facilities (including churches, synagogues, congregations, mosques, and temples)
  • Think tanks
  • Endowments
  • Political action groups
  • Annual appeals (in most cases)
  • Publications
  • Academic or health research
  • Fundraising events

Please note: the Foundation and the Foundation’s individual staff and trustees do not accept awards or honors from past, present,
or potential grantee organizations.

Types of Grants

Capital Grants

Capital grants fund the purchase, construction, and/or renovation of a building; the purchase of major equipment; home modifications for low-income home owners; and select technology projects. 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 (either pledged or received).
  • Direct services provided as a result of the project should align with the Foundation’s funding priorities (detailed within each focus area page).

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 that it can provide to any one capital project at a maximum of 30 percent. However, grants are often approved for lower amounts.

Operating Grants

Operating grants fund the overall operating costs of an organization.

Program Grants

Program grants fund specific programs within an organization.

Eligibility

To be considered for funding, an organization must meet several requirements:

  • Be a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status; or
    have a fiscal sponsor that has 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status; or
    be an Israeli equivalent.
  • Provide direct services to low-income and vulnerable populations.
  • Have audited financial statements or external financial reviews.
  • Have been in operation for at least three years.

Applying for one of our special grant programs? Find information on eligibility, geographic focus, and how to apply for both our Small Grants and Baltimore City Community Grants programs below.

Special Grant Programs

The Small Grants Program (SGP)

The Weinberg Foundation recognizes that small, community-based organizations provide critical services to vulnerable individuals and families. Through the Small Grants Program (SGP), the Foundation supports smaller nonprofits with a streamlined grant application and review process. Grants awarded under the SGP must still align with the Foundation’s funding priorities in the areas of Housing, Health, Jobs, and Education.

Funding requests through the Small Grants Program can be for operating, program, or capital grants. The maximum Small Grant amount is $50,000 per year over two years, or $100,000 total. Organizations are eligible to apply if they meet the Foundation’s eligibility criteria and maintain an annual organizational budget of $3 million or less.

Geographic Focus Areas

Currently, the Small Grants Program is available to organizations operating in the following Foundation priority communities: Baltimore, Chicago, Hawaiʻi, New York City, Northeastern Pennsylvania, San Francisco, and rural communities (primarily rural areas within proximity to other priority communities).

Eligibility

To be considered for funding, an organization must meet several prerequisite requirements:

  • Be a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3), tax-exempt status.
  • Provide direct services to low-income and vulnerable populations.
  • Have two years of 990s.
  • Have two years of audited financial statements or external financial reviews.
  • Have at least one year of program outcomes.

The Foundation has an online application process for all capital, program, and operating grant requests, including Small Grants. To find out if you are eligible to apply, click the link below, and follow the instructions provided. You can save and return to your application at any time using the link that will be emailed to you upon accessing the application portal. This specific link will direct you to your account and saved application.

If the Foundation determines that your organization is eligible for funding, you will be directed to submit a brief application. You may also be asked to submit additional materials to support your application.

Baltimore City Community Grants Program

This program was created to provide one-time support to small nonprofits (with an annual operating budget of $500,000 or less) that serve low-income individuals and families in Baltimore City through direct services. Eligible organizations may apply for up to $10,000 for one year in order to assist with general operating expenses and capital costs, including equipment purchases, capacity building (e.g., evaluation and audit costs), and other eligible expenses.

Geographic Focus Areas

The Baltimore City Community Grants Program is only available to organizations in Baltimore City.

Eligibility

To be considered for funding, an organization must meet several prerequisite requirements:

  1. An organization seeking funding may be engaged in advocacy, but primarily must provide direct services. The Foundation’s charter prohibits funding advocacy work. (Please note that additional restrictions for Weinberg Foundation funding are listed here and should be reviewed. For example, the Foundation may not award grants to colleges or universities.)
  2. An organization seeking funding may not be a current Foundation grantee through either the Small Grants Program or the regular grants process. However, nonprofits funded through the Summer Funding Collaborative may be considered under the Community Grants Program.
  3. Organizations must also submit the following documents:
    • A letter from the organization’s professional leader on the organization’s letterhead outlining the specific request for funding along with a summary of the organization (not to exceed two pages). The letter should include the following specific information:
      • A copy of the organization’s mission statement demonstrating a commitment to providing direct services to low-income and vulnerable populations of Baltimore City.
      • Population served (and total estimated number of unique individuals served annually).
      • Specific purpose of grant request–how the grant funds will be used, including area of funding–Housing, Health, Jobs, Education, Community Services, or other (if other please describe).
      • Any previous contact with the Weinberg Foundation.
      • Specific dollar amount requested (up to $10,000).
      • Total organizational budget (not including any in-kind funds).
      • Specific contact information for one person from the organization–name, title, phone, address, and email address.
    • Proof of 501(c)(3) status or a fiscal sponsor.
    • A copy of the organization’s most recent 990 filing.
    • A copy of the organization’s current and previous year’s budgets, including confirmation that the annual operating budget is less than $500,000.
    • A list of the Board of Directors and organization’s staff.

The Baltimore City Community Grants Program does not have an online application. Instead, all grant applications for this program should be submitted by email, with pdf attachments (not word or other formats), to BaltimoreCityGrants@hjweinberg.org.

Contact

For any questions regarding the Community Grants Program, please contact Nakia Horton, Grants Manager, at nhorton@hjweinberg.org.

Employee Giving Program

This biennial program allows each Foundation staff member, not including the president and CEO, to recommend a $20,000 grant to a nonprofit of their choice consistent with the Foundation’s grantmaking goals and guidelines. Employees handle every step of the grant evaluation, including a site visit, review of financials, and preparation of the final grant recommendation. Organizations may not apply for the Employee Giving Program.

Group attending the Employee Giving Program

Contact Information

If you have any questions, or require any additional information regarding the grant process, please contact grantsintake@hjweinberg.org.