How to Apply

The Hadassah Foundation accepts grant applications twice a year.  Every June/early summer, we issue an RFP for Israeli organizations seeking to promote the economic empowerment of women in that country, and in December/January, we issue an RFP for organizations based in the United States that are working to support the leadership potential and healthy development of Jewish girls and young women ages 12-30 in the United States.

The Foundation is currently accepting applications for programs and curricula that foster leadership development for Jewish adolescent girls and young women, ages 12-30, in the United States. Please carefully review our guidelines before submitting an application. The deadline is 11:59 AM (NY EDT) Monday, February 5, 2018.



GRANT PERIOD: July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019


The Hadassah Foundation is an investor in social change for girls and women by supporting projects in the United States and Israel. Its mission is to improve the status, health, and well-being of women and girls; bring their contributions, issues and needs from the margins to the center of Jewish concern; and encourage and facilitate their active participation in decision-making and leadership in all spheres of life.


The Foundation will provide a limited number of one-year grants of up to $40,000, and, at its discretion, one multi-year grant of up to $25,000 a year for three years. Organizations may apply independently or in collaboration.

Leadership Development for Adolescent Girls and Young Women, Ages 12-30, in the United States

The Foundation welcomes proposals:

  1. For gender-sensitive, social change projects that develop the leadership skills and capabilities of adolescent girls and young women in the Jewish community. Both new and existing programs will be considered for funding.
  2. To create or expand gender-sensitive curricula and training programs that foster the leadership skills and capabilities of Jewish girls and young women; preference will be given to those organizations that have the capacity to provide training using this material on a regional or national basis.

All prospective grantees are required to: a) identify the specific leadership skills and capabilities their programs aim to develop and b) describe their metrics for measuring progress.

For the one multi-year grant, preference will be given to organizations piloting a new program or curriculum, or substantially updating/enhancing an existing one.

Received by email NO LATER than 11:59 AM (NY EDT) Monday, February 5, 2018.
The Hadassah Foundation will not accept late or incomplete proposals.
NO exceptions will be made.

Complete the grant application according to the enclosed instructions and send all attachments in a SINGLE email to: foundationgrant@hadassah.org. Only one application per organization will be accepted; organizations may apply for a one-year grant OR for the single three-year grant, but not both. Applicants will be notified by late June 2018.

Applicants—or their fiscal sponsors—must be tax exempt under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and be based in the United States.

The Hadassah Foundation will NOT fund:

  • Capital campaigns
  • Endowments
  • Partisan political activities
  • Direct service (e.g., treatment programs)
  • Individuals
  • Scholarships
  • Local implementation of existing national programs

Social change philanthropy focuses on the root causes of problems, working to improve the conditions that lead to inequality. This approach is unlike traditional charity, which often seeks to ameliorate only the symptoms of societal problems—for example, by providing medicine and treatment for the sick, funds for the poor, or shelters for the homeless and battered.

The Hadassah Foundation seeks to promote change by addressing the underlying obstacles that impede the full participation of women and girls in society and by helping women and girls gain the tools they need to help themselves. As part of this mission, the Foundation encourages the active participation of women and girls in the governance of organizations that it supports.

Gender-sensitive programs build on the needs, strengths, perspectives, and experiences of women and girls. They recognize that the needs of females may differ from those of males, and pay deliberate attention to gender as an important component of diversity when creating, implementing, and evaluating programs. Gender-sensitive programs demonstrate an understanding of—and ability to meet—girls’ and women’s needs. Gender-sensitive programs can occur in both gender-specific (girls/women only) and coeducational environments.

Guidelines for organizations seeking a new grant click here.

Cover Sheet (required of all applicants) click here.

Project Budget Form (required of all applicants) click here.

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