The Foundation supports organizations that meet the basic needs of individuals, families, and communities. These include programs in the areas of homeless services, economic assistance, food security, and health.

Meeting basic human needs including food, shelter, and health care

Geographic Focus

  • Maryland (emphasis on metropolitan Baltimore)
  • Greater Chicago
  • Northeastern Pennsylvania

At this time, the Weinberg Foundation is not accepting requests from FQHCs or Food Banks located outside of our priority areas in Maryland, Greater Chicago, and Northeastern Pennsylvania.

For any capital project requests outside of Maryland, Greater Chicago, and Northeastern Pennsylvania, please contact Amy Kleine, Program Director, Housing & Community Services, at or 410-654-8500, ext. 268.


People will move out of homelessness to stability through access to housing and supportive services.

The Foundation supports programs that -

  • Construct or renovate new units of housing with appropriate and comprehensive person-centered services in which formerly homeless people/families can afford to live.
  • Provide employment services for homeless job seekers and/or residents of housing programs as a key strategy in ensuring long-term housing stability and self-sufficiency.
  • Serve homeless families with shelter, housing, case management, and early childhood education programs to reduce the length of homelessness and traumatic impact on children.
Homeless youth who are unaccompanied will receive all appropriate support services to aid them in reaching self-sufficiency.

The Foundation supports programs that -

  • Provide supportive services for runaway and homeless youth including outreach, information and referral, case management, and life-skills training.
  • Support the education of homeless youth by removing barriers to education and providing additional support to maintain positive educational experiences. Homeless youth may need certain accommodations to stay in school while unstably housed, such as tutors and transportation.
  • Create, expand, or upgrade facilities serving homeless youth, such as programming space, emergency shelter, and transitional and permanent supportive housing.
People will have access to short term economic and social service support in times of hardship.

The Foundation supports programs that -

  • Provide short-term financial assistance for utilities, rent, and other expenses to prevent eviction, loss of electricity, etc. The financial assistance should be paired with additional support services whenever possible for longer term stability.
People will have access to sufficient and nutritious food in the most dignified possible way.

The Foundation supports programs that -

  • Expand the capacity of community food banks to effectively process and distribute goods. The Foundation supports capital projects that increase warehouse space, add cold storage and handling, and make other modifications necessary to serve more people.
  • Increase access to fresh produce and proteins.
  • Assist eligible individuals to apply for local, state, and federal food resource benefits as part of a strategy to achieve greater self-sufficiency, including workforce development when possible.

If you wish to submit a grant request on behalf of a food bank located outside of Maryland or Northeastern Pennsylvania, you must first contact Amy Kleine, Program Director, Basic Human Needs & Health, at or 410-654-8500, ext. 268.

Increase access to health care and improve the health status of low-income populations.

The Foundation supports programs that -

  • Provide comprehensive primary care (somatic, behavioral, reproductive, and oral health care) to a low-income population. The Foundation will consider those health centers that can leverage funds from the federal and state governments and thus have the financial sustainability to serve large numbers of patients and maintain a balanced patient mix of insured and uninsured. Typically, the Foundation supports Federally Qualified Health Centers and look-alikes. Outpatient and residential substance abuse treatment programs will be considered if there is a mental health component to address co-occurring disorders. Preference will be given to programs that include wrap-around services and community linkages. Applicants should -
    • Demonstrate a history of commitment to serving the underserved and uninsured.
    • Offer patients a sliding fee scale and accept and encourage enrollment in Medicaid and Medicare.
    • Track patient outcomes using electronic medical records.
Promote child and family safety

The Foundation supports programs that -

  • Promote child and family safety and reduce the long-term traumatic effects of child abuse and neglect, sexual assault, intimate partner or family violence, and exposure to community violence.

All inquiries regarding grants to promote child and family safety should be directed to Amy Kleine, Program Director, Basic Human Needs & Health, at or 410-654-8500, ext. 268.

Seeking a Grant?

Please answer the following questions specific to each of the goals outlined above. Please identify which of the goals within Basic Human Needs & Health most closely aligns with your program. If a question is not applicable or relevant to your program, please explain why.

Questions for Goal #1 (a safe home)
  1. List the three major services that you provide in addition to housing or shelter.
  2. What percentage of the clients leaving your program each year go to a stable living situation?
  3. If you provide permanent housing, what percentage of your residents have remained housed for one year or longer?
Questions for Goal #3 (economic and social services support)
  1. If you provide financial assistance, confirm that all payments are made to a third party.
  2. What is the percentage of repeat clients that you see (% served this year and last year)?
  3. List the outcomes you track after providing emergency assistance, if any.
Questions for Goal #4 (food security)
  1. List the social services that you provide in addition to meals and/or food packages.
  2. List the food bank network(s) with which you are affiliated.
Questions for Goal #5 (health care)
  1. If you run a medical clinic, what is your patient payer mix (% medicaid, % self-pay, % private insurance, etc.)?
  2. If you run an addictions treatment program, explain your mental health component.

Your First Step in the Grants Process is the Letter of Inquiry (LOI)

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.
  • As indicated in the LOI template, please identify the relevant Foundation program team member, with whom you have discussed your request, prior to submission.
  • The Foundation will confirm receipt of each LOI within 30 days.

For more information on how to apply, please click here.

If you have any questions about the LOI process or the status of your LOI, please contact Nakia Horton, Grants Manager, at or 410-654-8500, ext. 254.

For more program-specific information or if you have questions, please contact Amy Kleine, Program Director, Housing & Community Services, at or 410-654-8500, ext. 268.

If you have questions about grantmaking in Chicago, San Francisco, or Northeastern Pennsylvania, please contact Kate Sorestad, Program Director, Priority Communities at or 410-654-8500, ext. 249.