Professional Development Grants

Knowledgeable and Effective Social Service Organizations

For organizations to thrive, The Jewish Fund recognizes that a knowledgeable, well informed staff is critical. With this in mind, The Fund offers professional development grants for transformative learning opportunities that will strengthen organizational capacity and lead to improved outcomes for social service recipients.

Apply for a Grant

Grants are available to current and recent grant partners and target professional staff who are in positions which can most effectively and positively impact organizational policies and practices. Mid-level and senior management professionals are the primary targets for this funding opportunity.

*Due to the focus on urgent needs funding during the COVID-19 pandemic, professional development grants are currently available only to organizations who received grant funding through the “Health and Welfare of the Jewish Community” and “Enhancing the Historic Bond between the Jewish Community and Detroit” priority areas. We will send out a notification when we return to our normal funding procedures.

Please review the guidelines below and submit a completed application through this website. Note that all approved participants will be required to submit a report following the completion of their training.

Professional Development Mini-Grant Guidelines:

  • Professional development grants will be awarded to organizations that are current and/or recent (within 3 years) grantees of The Jewish Fund and will be reviewed and awarded on an ongoing basis.
  • Professional development grants may range from $2,500 to $7,500 per training. Priority will be given to requests for matching fund support, but this is not a requirement.
  • Professional development grants are for individual staff development and will be prioritized toward those opportunities that are likely to produce transformative development for the participant in his/her role and/or the institution.
  • Priority will be given to unique development opportunities and not to ongoing training opportunities or to provide replacement funding for trainings typically funded by the organization.
  • Applications must present a business case demonstrating the value of such an investment in professional staff.
  • Examples of types of training to consider are Harvard’s executive leadership programs, emerging leadership training, skills-based trainings for unique staff such as special education staff, and grantwriting/fundraising skill development trainings. In-house group training sessions are ineligible.
  • A maximum of two mini-grants may be supported per organization within a fiscal year (June 1st – May 31st) of The Jewish Fund

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a response provided within 21 business days from submission.
All approved participants will be required to submit a report following the training. Links to the application and follow-up report form below.