PRIORITIES FOR GRANT MAKING AND AREAS OF FOCUS
Grants are awarded to meet a variety of physical, mental and social needs of older Jewish adults.
BJH Foundation desires to support new, innovative, community-based programs. BJH Foundation invites potential grantees to help develop methods to identify underserved older Jewish adults.

In 2017 BJH Foundation has a strong interest in funding programs that maintain our values and focus on:

  • Long term Impact.
  • Collaboration with other local organizations.
  • Volunteer efforts from, as well as for, the targeted groups.
  • Participants contributing to the services they receive, either as a volunteer or financially.
  • Applicant organizations showing their commitment to the program through their own financial commitment.
  • Specific qualitative and quantitative outcomes such as how many are served and what is the impact on their lives.

In 2017 there are 2 priority categories (see the complete grant application and instructions for more information and examples):

1. Programs that we have highlighted as Health and Wellness.

2. Socialization Programs.

FUNDING ELIGIBILITY
BJH Foundation welcomes grant requests from nonprofit organizations that:

  • Are classified as a 501(C)(3) charitable organization as determined by IRS regulations, unless you are affiliated with another tax-exempt organization such as local government, school or synagogue,
  • And serve older Jewish adults in North and South Carolina.

GENERAL GRANT MAKING STRATEGY

  • No more than five proposals may be submitted by an organization in a particular grant cycle. Each proposal must be for different programs.The applications MUST be ranked in order of funding preference.
  • Grants will vary in size and typically may not exceed $10,000. Guidelines will allow a grant of up to $50,000 if the program is within the “Health and Wellness” category.This increased amount recognizes the cost of providing service in these areas.
  • Generally, one-year grants will be awarded.
  • Grant awards are based on the merit of the program, its potential impact, how well it meets the priorities and focus area of BJH Foundation, availability of funds and quality of the application.
  • Awards for ongoing operational support of an organization are very limited and discouraged. Preference is given to organizations that use grant funds for direct services to older Jewish adults rather than maintaining program operations.
  • Preference is also given to organizations that use matching funds or partial funding from their organization, an outside organization or foundation, i.e., leverages its resources.
  • Preference will be given to those organizations that comply with grant guidelines, reporting requirements and achieve positive outcomes.
  • The grant cycle is July 1 to June 30.

THE AL HERMAN ANNUAL GRANT TO PROVIDE FOOD RELIEF FOR THE JEWISH NEEDY
BJH Foundation designates one grant annually to be awarded in memory of Al Herman, Past President and long-time supporter of the Blumenthal Jewish Home and past member of the Board of BJH Foundation. In the event that none of the grant requests address food relief for the Jewish needy, the Board will, at its discretion, designate an alternate grant in memory of Al Herman.

THE JEROME MADANS AWARD
BJH Foundation designates one grant from the Charlotte, NC area annually to be awarded from a special endowment fund created by the Madans family after the passing of long standing board member Jerome Madans.

FUNDING RESTRICTIONS
NO GRANTS ARE MADE TO INDIVIDUALS FOR ANY PURPOSE.

Foundation resources cannot be used for:

  • The cost of nursing home care or other residential or medical care costs.
  • Support of substantial construction, renovation, or capital campaigns.
  • Partisan or “for-profit” organizations.
  • Political purposes or contributions.