Grant Guidelines

Geographic Focus

The Foundation funds organizations throughout the United States and in Israel, but not every type of grant is available within each of the Foundation’s areas of giving. The grid below provides general guidelines for grant availability as defined by geographic area, grant type, and area of giving. However, all types of grants are available within the Foundation’s United States priority communities (Maryland, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, and rural communities). But please contact the appropriate program team member to discuss your request before submitting your Letter of Inquiry (LOI), received on a rolling basis.

United States Priority Communities National Israel
Areas of Giving Capital Program/
Capital Program/
Capital Program/
Older Adults
Workforce Development
Education •*
Disabilities •*    
Basic Human Needs & Health •*      
General Community Support •*  

*The Foundation is not accepting Letters of Inquiry for program or operating grants within New York City for these four areas of giving.


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 15%
General Community Support 15%
Older Adults 30%
Veterans <5%
Workforce Development 20%

Capital Grants

At least 50 percent 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%