Apply for Available Grants

Grant Opportunities

The Jewish Federation is proud to present a variety of funding opportunities to organizations world-wide providing funding to registered 501(c)3s, registered NGOs or Amutot internationally, as well as to high school students seeking funding for Israel Travel. Each of the many funding opportunities provided by the Jewish Federation has their own set of criteria.

Please note that Federation funding allocations are made possible through a variety of funding sources including the Federation Annual Campaign, Jewish Community Foundation, Centennial Fund for a Jewish Future and others.

Which One is Right For You?

Israel & Overseas Funding

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh's Israel and Overseas Funding Committee is interested in funding projects and programs that have impact in at least one of the following areas:

  • Food and Human Security Needs
  • At-Risk Youth
  • Economic Development
  • Shared Society (Co-existence)
  • Ethiopian Community
  • Jewish Education
  • Special Needs populations

 Special consideration will be given to applications which work to enhance our Partnership 2Gether Region (Karmiel/Misgav). Most grants range from $10,000 to $25,000. Funding is limited to organizations registered as United States 501(c)3 non-profits, or with legal conduits holding that status. Eligible to Apply by Invitation Only. Contact ksalzman@jfedpgh.org for more information.

Israel Scholarships

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh grants non-need-based scholarships for eligible students traveling to Israel on eligible programs. $2,200 per student for a minimum three-week or 21-day trip. Further need based scholarships are also available to those who qualify. For more information on scholarship guidelines, eligibility, programs, and funding opportunities, contact  Debbie Swartz at dswartz@jfedpgh.org or 412.992.5208.

Jewish Community Foundation

Each year, Jewish Community Foundation leadership makes grants that align with the Jewish Federation's mission. The Foundation helps bring to fruition the philanthropic goals and dreams of more than 1,290 individuals, families and organizations. Questions may be submitted to Shelly Parver, Assistant Planning Director, Jewish Education & Continuity at 412-992-5207 or sparver@jfedpgh.org for more information.

Jewish Life & Learning New Initiatives Seed Money Grants

The Jewish Life & Learning department is dedicated to supporting high quality Jewish educational programs and experiences and maximizing the number of Jewish Pittsburghers engaged in meaningful Jewish learning. Apply for grants of up to $3,000 to seed new direct learning and experiences for adults in the Pittsburgh Jewish community. Contact Rabbi Amy Bardack at abardack@jfedpgh.org or 412-697-6654 for more information.

Local/National Non-Beneficiary Agency Funding

In the spirit of Tikkun Olam (the healing and repair of the world), the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh raises and allocates resources, coordinates communal efforts, and acts as a source of support locally and nationally in 

  • Creating an environment of and resources for Lifelong Jewish Learning
  • Connecting young people to Jewish Community Life
  • Ensuring high-quality life enhancing services that address Aging and Human Needs

Eligible to Apply by Invitation Only. Contact sparver@jfedpgh.org  or 412-992-5207.

Partnership2Gether

Partnership2Gether (P2G) is a program of the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) that provides opportunities for 500 Jewish communities worldwide to participate in cultural, educational and social exchanges with Israeli communities.  Contact Debbie Swartz at dswartz@jfedpgh.org or 412.992.5208 for more information.

The SteelTree Fund

Seeking applications for innovative ideas that help young adults ages 22-45, kids, and teens find meaning and participation in Jewish life. Our SteelTree board members are interested in funding projects and programs that have impact on the engagement of this young population in the Pittsburgh Jewish community. Special consideration will be given to applications whose work focuses on strengthening Jewish continuity. The SteelTree Fund provides grants of $5,000, $3,600, or $1,800 to projects that serve the Pittsburgh Jewish community. Contact Shelly Parver, at 412.992.5207 or sparver@jfedpgh.org for more information.

Vibrant Pittsburgh Mini Grants

Vibrant Pittsburgh and the Urban Affairs Foundation of the Community Relations Council of Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh seek to mobilize Greater Pittsburgh’s community groups to create a more diverse and inclusive region. This year's theme is "Language Access through the Use of Technology." Contact Laura Cherner at lcherner@jfedpgh.org or 412-992-5235 for more information.

Shelly Parver

Shelly Parver

Assistant Planning Director
(412) 992-5207
sparver@jfedpgh.org

Contact Shelly Parver

Applicants are encouraged (but not required) to discuss requests with Federation staff before submitting a proposal.