Thank you for considering submitting a proposal to The Jewish Fund. We place a high value on developing and sustaining partnerships with non-profit organizations in our community to enhance the quality of life for residents of metropolitan Detroit.

The Jewish Fund was established in 1997 from the sale proceeds of Sinai Hospital to the Detroit Medical Center. Sinai Hospital was a Jewish community funded facility that grew into one of metropolitan Detroit’s top health care institutions. As a legacy of Sinai Hospital, The Jewish Fund continues the tradition of assuring quality and compassionate care for those in need in Metropolitan Detroit.

Grantmaking Programs

The Jewish Fund is interested in supporting projects and initiatives that address a range of needs.  In order to encourage the best possible alignment between our interests and those of potential applicants, we have identified broad program outcomes for each of our program areas.  When considering applying for a grant, your project’s/initiatives’ outcomes should relate to those described below.

Health and Welfare of the Jewish Community

  • The quality of life of vulnerable or/and underserved Jewish residents of metropolitan Detroit will be improved as a result of the program’s impact in areas of health and social welfare.

Health of the Metropolitan Detroit Community

  • Vulnerable or/and underserved residents of metropolitan Detroit will experience improved health outcomes as a result of increased access to quality health care.  Priority may be given to urban communities; and
  • Vulnerable or/and underserved children will experience improved health outcomes as a result of participation in early childhood health intervention programs. Such programs may include pre-natal services and/or those targeting children up to kindergarten age. A primary outcome must focus on improved health.

Enhancing the Historic Bond between the Jewish Community and Detroit

  • We are interested in supporting efforts among collaborating organizations that will serve to promote the quality of life in Detroit.  Grants should involve collaborations that include at least one Jewish organization and at least one Detroit-based organization and should engage Jewish individuals with the broader community.  Grants may support new initiatives and/or capacity building strategies.

Highest priority is given to requests for:

  • new programs with a defined period that address a critical need
  • evidence-based programs that are new or expanded offerings in a specific community
  • programs and services that impact the lives of residents of the metropolitan Detroit area of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties
  • development and implementation of capacity building strategies that will result in the organization’s  strengthened operations and/or overall service delivery. These may include strategic planning, board and staff development, infrastructure enhancement, and transition planning, among others.

We also prefer to support proposals that:

  • have a defined plan for sustaining the program beyond the grant period
  • include a financial or in- kind contribution from the organization
  • involve collaboration with others, when appropriate
  • leverage financial support through multiple funding sources
  • have an outcomes – based and measurable evaluation plan
  • can be funded and replicated by others

Lowest priority is given to request for:

  • grants made directly to individuals
  • loans
  • grants to support religious activities or sectarian education
  • overseas projects
  • capital projects or equipment purchases
  • endowments, annual fund drives, fundraising events
  • past operating deficits


The Jewish Fund will make grants to 501(c) (3) organizations and other non-profits qualified as tax exempt under the Internal Revenue Code. Applicant organizations must provide a current audited financial statement with management letter. Please be sure you have reviewed the Grantmaking Program Areas section above. Only those letters of intent that align with these descriptions and outcomes will be reviewed and considered.


Applying to The Jewish Fund

We encourage you to call to discuss your proposed project with our staff before applying for a grant. In addition to being sure your organization’s project is a good fit with the mission of the Fund and meets its criteria, we have found that these conversations may be helpful in strengthening the proposed project and the development of the letter of intent.


If your organization meets the eligibility criteria, we encourage you to submit a Letter of Intent. Letter of Intents must be submitted though our website using the link provided. E-mail and paper submissions will not be accepted. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about how to complete the on-line application. Applicants will receive an acknowledgement of the receipt of the Letter of Intent and will be contacted as to whether or not we will invite you to submit a full proposal. Letters of Intent are accepted twice annually.

Click here to submit a Letter of Intent. Per the message on our main page, the next submission date is being determined. Please check back in late summer for updated information.


A Proposal may be invited based upon your Letter of Intent. The information you will be asked to include in the Proposal is specified in our Grant Application Instructions. Grants are approved at our board meetings, generally in November and May. You may be contacted for additional information or a site visit at any point during the review process.


The Jewish Fund will generally fund a new program for a limited, defined term of:

  • Up to three years for proposals submitted under the Health and Welfare of the Jewish Community and Enhancing the Historic Bond priority areas.
  • Up to two years for proposals submitted under the Health of the Metropolitan Detroit priority area.

This term should provide for start-up as well as securing of support for the program following completion of the grant. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of The Fund. All multi-year grants are subject to annual review by the board and are contingent upon satisfactory progress and grant compliance. Multi-Year grantees will be prompted by an email by The Jewish Fund when it is time to submit a Continuation Request and additional reports.

Grants for capacity building initiatives, equipment, and other projects that are not new program developments will typically be considered for one year of funding support.

Grants for capacity building initiatives, equipment, and other projects that are not new program developments will typically be considered for one year of funding support.


Please use the appropriate budget forms provided with your grant request. You will be asked to identify the portion of the project budget for which you are requesting support from The Jewish Fund, as well as the total project cost. Multi-year grant requests require separate budget forms for each year of funding being requested. In order to explain or clarify any line item, feel free to attach a budget narrative. The Total Revenue and Resources line should equal the Total Expense s line. If this is not the case, an explanation should be provided.

The Jewish Fund will consider support of both direct expenses and indirect costs for a given project. Indirect costs are also referred to as overhead or administrative costs and include the non-direct expenses utilized to manage a project. These may include: grant management, accounting, rent, maintenance, telephone, copying, receptionist, insurance, technology updates, supervisory, and executive staff oversight, among others. Both types of costs should be itemized on the application budget form on the appropriate line. An explanation should be provided to help us understand how and why indirect costs are associated with the project and may be attached as a budget narrative. Grant awards may include full or partial support of indirect costs. The budget form requires the signature of the CEO/Executive Director.

In order for you and The Jewish Fund to clearly understand the impact of the project, an objective evaluation method is required. If you determine that an outside evaluator is needed, please include the expense related to this evaluation on the budget form.


If a grant is awarded, you will be asked to sign a Grant Agreement Letter, which specifies all of the conditions associated with the grant.

  • One year grants require a six-month progress report and a final report following the conclusion of the grant term.
  • Multi-year grants require annual Continuation Requests (which focus upon the progress of the project). The final year of the grant requires a six-month progress report and a final report following the conclusion of the grant term.

Robert Sosnick Award of Excellence

Each year, The Jewish Fund recognizes an active or past grant partner with this award.  The award is presented at The Fund’s annual meeting and includes a $25,000 prize.  The following criteria are evaluated when determining the recipient of the prize and are highly valued by The Jewish Fund in its overall assessment of a project’s success.

Programs are evaluated for the award using eight criteria. These criteria attempt to measure the short-term impact of a program and to predict its long-term success. Criteria numbers 3 through 5 are weighted double in recognition that the Sosnick Award emphasizes innovation, collaboration and impact.

1. Program Objectives Achieved: Did the program meet the objectives established by the organization?

2.  Management of Resources (Budget): Does the program make efficient use of resources? Is it cost-effective?

3.  Impact/Improvement in Quality of Life: Evaluating a program’s impact on quality of life requires measuring both short-term and long-term changes brought about by the program. Examples of desirable outcomes include (but are not limited to):

  • The program has made it possible for vulnerable and at-risk populations to live in the least restrictive environment.
  • The program has provided service availability where it did not previously exist.
  • The program has improved its clients’ health status or well-being. 

4. Collaboration and/or partnerships with other organizations: Effective collaboration improves program quality through sharing knowledge, coordinating resources and reducing costs. It can also produce better outcomes by increasing the scope of services provided.

5. Innovation in the approach to a significant community problem.

6. Promotes independence/builds on strengths: Helping people to help themselves wherever possible, no matter how fragile or needy the individuals, not only improves an individual’s quality of life, but helps assure that the services will have long-term impact.

7. Evaluation: Whether the program has developed a method to evaluate its impact, has implemented the evaluation and has used the results to: (1) help refine/improve the program design and (2) inform the public and other interested parties of the program’s outcomes.

8. Sustainability of the program beyond the grant period: The sponsoring organization must have defined strategies and begun to demonstrate success in transitioning the program from short-term grant funding to more permanent stability.