General Community Support

General Community Support

This program area includes support for Jewish causes worldwide, grants to organizations that distribute funds to many of the Foundation’s priority areas, and local community development efforts including renovation or construction of affordable housing and improvement projects in low-income neighborhoods.

Community grants in our hometowns and half-a-world away

Geographic focus:

  • International (including Israel and the Former Soviet Union)
  • Maryland
  • Northeastern Pennsylvania
  • Hawaii

Grants are made to support organizations providing direct service in the following areas:

Jewish Issues

  • Jewish communities in need that does not fit into other program categories
  • Jewish organizations that preserve or advance the security of Israel

Community Development

  • Renovation or construction of affordable housing
  • Neighborhood revitalization and community improvement projects in low-income areas

Adult Literacy

  • Organizations focused on increasing employment, self-sufficiency and parental engagement with children.

Federation-type organizations

  • Organizations that distribute funds to many of the Foundation’s priority program areas.
  • This could include: The Associated Jewish Charities, Catholic Charities, Associated Black Charities, United Way, the Baltimore Community Foundation and the like in the Baltimore area, and similar organizations in Northeastern Pennsylvania and Hawaii.

Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) are accepted on a rolling basis

  • Grants are made in one of three categories: General Operating Support, Program Support, Capital Project
  • Each type of grant requires its own specific LOI
  • The Foundation will confirm receipt of each LOI within 30 days

Please click here to review our guidelines for your LOI.

If you are submitting a Letter of Inquiry and are unsure if your program falls within the General Community Support program area, please contact the Foundation directly and ask to speak with Kate Sorestad, Program Officer, General Community Support & Libraries, 410-654-8500, ext. 249,

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