The Foundation supports major Jewish and greater community development efforts as well as philanthropic investments that support low-income and vulnerable families. This area largely includes major leadership and multi-service organizations which do not fit into other specific areas of focus for the Foundation because their missions, while focused on low-income populations, are broad and diverse.

Strengthening our hometowns here in the US and half-a-world away

Geographic Focus

  • Maryland
  • Northeastern Pennsylvania
  • Chicago
  • New York City
  • San Francisco


Jewish Issues
  • Jewish communities in need that do 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.
Federation-type organizations
  • Organizations that distribute funds to many of the Foundation’s priority program areas.
  • This could include The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, 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.

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 nhorton@hjweinberg.org or 410-654-8500, ext. 254.

For grants serving the Jewish community, please contact Rafi Rone, Program Director, Israel & Jewish Community, US, at rrone@hjweinberg.org or 410-654-8500, ext. 247.

For General Community Support grants for the community at-large, please contact Aaron Merki, Managing Director, Programs and Grants; Program Director, Older Adult Services, at amerki@hjweinberg.org or 410-654-8500, ext. 276.

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