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Program Area: Basic Human Needs & Health (Priority Communities)

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $1,000,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, General Operating Expense, Capital Project

Location of project: Maryland, Counties in Illinois: Cook County, DeKalb County, DuPage County, Grundy County Expand all

Location of residency: Maryland, Counties in Illinois: Cook County, DeKalb County, DuPage County, Grundy County Expand all

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The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest private charitable foundations in the United States, provides approximately $100 million in annual grants to nonprofits that provide direct services to low-income and vulnerable individuals and families, primarily in the United States and Israel. Grants are focused on meeting basic needs and enabling an individual to live as independently as possible. Within that focus, emphasis is placed on serving older adults and the Jewish community.


People will move out of homelessness to stability through access to housing and supportive services.

The Foundation supports programs that -

  • Construct or renovate new units of housing with appropriate and comprehensive person-centered services in which formerly homeless people/families can afford to live.
  • Provide employment services for homeless job seekers and/or residents of housing programs as a key strategy in ensuring long-term housing stability and self-sufficiency.
  • Serve homeless families with shelter, housing, case management, and early childhood education programs to reduce the length of homelessness and traumatic impact on children.

Homeless youth who are unaccompanied will receive all appropriate support services to aid them in reaching self-sufficiency.

The Foundation supports programs that -

  • Provide supportive services for runaway and homeless youth including outreach, information and referral, case management, and life-skills training.
  • Support the education of homeless youth by removing barriers to education and providing additional support to maintain positive educational experiences. Homeless youth may need certain accommodations to stay in school while unstably housed, such as tutors and transportation.
  • Create, expand, or upgrade facilities serving homeless youth, such as programming space, emergency shelter, and transitional and permanent supportive housing.

People will have access to short term economic and social service support in times of hardship.

The Foundation supports programs that -

  • Provide short-term financial assistance for utilities, rent, and other expenses to prevent eviction, loss of electricity, etc. The financial assistance should be paired with additional support services whenever possible for longer term stability.
  • Provide pro-bono legal counsel that assists low-income individuals to access public and private benefits, exercise legal rights, and remove barriers to self-sufficiency.

People will have access to sufficient and nutritious food in the most dignified possible way.

The Foundation supports programs that -

  • Expand the capacity of community food banks to effectively process and distribute goods. The Foundation supports capital projects that increase warehouse space, add cold storage and handling, and make other modifications necessary to serve more people.
  • Increase access to fresh produce and proteins.
  • Assist eligible individuals to apply for local, state, and federal food resource benefits as part of a strategy to achieve greater self-sufficiency, including workforce development when possible.

Increase access to health care and improve the health status of low-income populations.

The Foundation supports programs that -

  • Provide comprehensive primary care (somatic, behavioral, reproductive, and oral health care) to a low-income population. The Foundation will consider those health centers that can leverage funds from the federal and state governments and thus have the financial sustainability to serve large numbers of patients and maintain a balanced patient mix of insured and uninsured. Typically, the Foundation supports Federally Qualified Health Centers and look-alikes. Outpatient and residential substance abuse treatment programs will be considered if there is a mental health component to address co-occurring disorders. Preference will be given to programs that include wrap-around services and community linkages. Applicants should -
    • Demonstrate a history of commitment to serving the underserved and uninsured.
    • Offer patients a sliding fee scale and accept and encourage enrollment in Medicaid and Medicare.
    • Track patient outcomes using electronic medical records.

Promote child and family safety

The Foundation supports programs that -

  • Promote child and family safety and reduce the long-term traumatic effects of child abuse and neglect, sexual assault, intimate partner or family violence, and exposure to community violence.

Geographic Focus

  • Maryland (emphasis on metropolitan Baltimore)
  • Greater Chicago
  • Northeastern Pennsylvania

Grant Types

Capital Grants

Capital grants fund the purchase, construction, and/or renovation of a building or the purchase of equipment. To be eligible for consideration, a capital grant must meet the following criteria:

  • The organization has raised at least 50 percent of the total capital project cost. The Weinberg Foundation will not fund more than 30 percent of the total cost of a capital project.
  • The organization has received value-engineered drawings or a signed contract with the builder, if applicable.

Operating Grants

Operating grants fund the overall operating costs of an organization.

Program Grants

Program grants fund specific programs within an organization.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • To be considered for funding, an organization must meet several requirements:
    • Be a nonprofit organization with 501 (c)(3), tax-exempt status.
    • Have audited or reviewed financial statements.
    • Be in operation for at least three years.
    • Provide direct services to low-income and vulnerable populations.
    • Those applying for a grant should carefully review the Foundation’s geographic focus for each area of giving.


  • The Foundation does not fund
    • Individuals
    • Arts and culture
    • Post-secondary scholarships
    • Debt reduction
    • Colleges and universities
    • Think tanks
    • Endowments
    • Political action groups
    • Annual appeals (in most cases)
    • Publications
    • Academic or health research
    • Fundraising events