How we give

The Weinberg Foundation fulfills its mission to help those in greatest need by providing grants within five focus areas. These focus areas serve different populations, as well as different geographic areas. However, the Community Services focus area is intended for large community organizations operating multiple programs that meet a range of needs. Most nonprofit grant requests should align with one of the four core focus areas: Housing, Health, Jobs, or Education.

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 policies reflect the wishes of Harry and Jeanette Weinberg as outlined in the Foundation’s charter, the legal requirements governing private philanthropy, and the inherent limitations on the Foundation’s ability to respond favorably to the many grant requests it receives.

The Foundation’s Program Committee (comprised of the trustees, president, and program team) currently meets six times per year to review each grant request. This committee reviews each grant request that has received initial approval as a Letter of Inquiry (LOI).

The Foundation does not fund the following interests/entities:

  • Individuals
  • Arts and culture
  • Post-secondary scholarships
  • Debt reduction
  • Colleges and universities
  • Think tanks
  • Endowments
  • Political action groups
  • Annual appeals (in most cases)
  • Publications
  • Academic or health research
  • Fundraising events

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. 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 (either pledged or received).
  • Services provided through the project must be consistent with the Foundation’s overall grantmaking criteria as well as the goals for the particular strategy.

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.

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 prerequisite 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.*
  • Be in operation for at least three years.*

*This does not apply to organizations interested in the Baltimore City Community Grants Program.

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 strategic 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 in each of the Foundation’s priority communities, including rural areas primarily surrounding other priority communities: Baltimore, Chicago, New York City, Northeastern Pennsylvania, and San Francisco.

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 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

The Weinberg Foundation and the Mayor’s Office have partnered to create a funding opportunity for small nonprofits (annual operating budget of $500,000 or less) that provide direct services to low-income individuals and families in Baltimore City.

Grants, up to $10,000 per year and a maximum of one year, will be provided for general operating support, program support, equipment, and capacity building (e.g., evaluation and audit costs). The Mayor’s Office and the Foundation will work together to review all grant applications and make funding decisions. The Foundation will make all grant payments directly to the nonprofits.

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

Employee Giving Program

Organizations may not apply for the Employee Giving Program. This biennial program allows each Foundation staff member, not including the trustees or president, to recommend a $20,000 grant to a charity 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.

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.