Weinberg Foundation Small Grants Program

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $100,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Capital Project

Location of project: Hawaii, San Francisco County, California, Counties in Illinois: Cook County, DuPage County, Baltimore city, Maryland Show all

Location of residency: Hawaii, San Francisco County, California, Counties in Illinois: Cook County, DuPage County, Baltimore city, Maryland Show all

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Overview:

How we give

The Weinberg Foundation fulfills its mission to help those in greatest need by providing grants within five focus areas. These focus areas serve different populations, as well as different geographic areas. However, the Community Services focus area is intended for large community organizations operating multiple programs that meet a range of needs. Most nonprofit grant requests should align with one of the four core focus areas: Housing, Health, Jobs, or Education.

The Small Grants Program (SGP)

The Weinberg Foundation recognizes that small, community-based organizations provide critical services to vulnerable individuals and families. Through the Small Grants Program (SGP), the Foundation supports smaller nonprofits with a streamlined grant application and review process. Grants awarded under the SGP must still align with the Foundation’s strategic priorities in the areas of Housing, Health, Jobs, and Education.

Funding requests through the Small Grants Program can be for operating, program, or capital grants. The maximum Small Grant amount is $50,000 per year over two years, or $100,000 total. Organizations are eligible to apply if they meet the Foundation’s eligibility criteria and maintain an annual organizational budget of $3 million or less.

Geographic Focus Areas

Currently, the Small Grants Program is available to organizations in each of the Foundation’s priority communities, including rural areas primarily surrounding other priority communities: Baltimore, Chicago, Hawaiʻi, New York City, Northeastern Pennsylvania, and San Francisco.

Housing

Stable housing provides a foundation for individuals, children, and families to lead healthy and productive lives.

Without housing, people are unable to focus on education, employment, health care, and meeting other basic needs. The Foundation is dedicated to supporting organizations that provide safe and affordable housing.

The Foundation supports the creation of new housing units, as well as the renovation of existing housing, to provide and maintain affordable, quality, and supportive housing options. Projects should be integrated into the broader community and must incorporate supportive services. Priority is given to projects that add new units of housing into a community.

Affordable Housing Development and Renovation

Here are a few examples of appropriate projects:

  • Affordable housing for older adults, including services that allow residents to age independently, within their communities, and with maximum quality of life.
  • Permanent supportive housing serving people exiting homelessness. Project details must include the types of services offered, as well as a focus on financial management and job training and career development.
  • Affordable housing that meets the needs of veterans, young adults with developmental disabilities, those escaping domestic violence, and other vulnerable populations.

Maintaining Stable Housing

The Foundation supports programs that allow people to remain housed within their communities by providing comprehensive services that meet a range of social, economic, and health needs.

Here are a few examples of appropriate projects:

  • Aging in community programs that allow older adults to age independently and with maximum quality of life. Specifically, programs may include home modification and repair, which can also be used as a platform for delivery of a variety of services.
  • Rapid Re-Housing programs for families, youth, veterans and others who have experienced homelessness. These programs include case management, limited financial assistance, and job services and career development.
  • Independent living, including supportive services that allow young adults with disabilities to live in the least restrictive environment possible, within their community.

Health

Good health is a prerequisite for any other life pursuit.

Poor physical or mental health can prevent people from seeking education, employment, and other opportunities that would allow for economic mobility. The Foundation is dedicated to supporting organizations that help children, adults, and families lead healthy lives.

Health Care Access

The Foundation supports organizations that provide access to health care, as well as those that work to improve the health status of vulnerable patients.

Here are a few examples of appropriate projects:

  • Capital projects that expand access to primary care. Grantees are typically Federally Qualified Health Centers, and other community health centers, that provide a single-access point for a range of services. Please note that the Foundation does not fund hospitals or free clinics.
  • Oral and behavioral health programs that increase access to care through the construction of new facilities as well as operating support that leverages billing revenue.
  • Health care transition programs that ensure young adults with developmental disabilities have access to qualified primary care providers as they move into adulthood.

Aging in Community

The Foundation supports projects that enable older adults to remain independent. Projects must incorporate a model that connects older adults and/or caregivers with a range of services that help them age independently, within their communities, and with maximum quality of life.

Here are a few examples of appropriate projects:

  • PACE (Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) Centers or other capital projects that provide nursing home-eligible older adults with a single-access point for a range of services.
  • Prevention models that address older adults’ social determinants of health, with the goal of preventing hospitalization, readmission, and institutionalization.
  • Caregiver support programs that help with older adults’ daily personal care (bathing, dressing, walking, eating, etc.).

Veteran Mental Wellness

The Foundation supports programs that enhance the mental wellness of veterans who are reintegrating into civilian life.

Here are a few examples of appropriate projects:

  • Retreat programs, including an intensive on-site experience with a minimum of one year of follow-up. Programs must use a proven curriculum.
  • Post-traumatic mental health therapy that is evidence-based and proven to reduce symptoms.
  • Coordinated resource networks that facilitate access to a range of supportive services. These networks have a single-access point that evaluates veterans and connects them with the most appropriate service providers.

Nutrition and Food Access

The Foundation supports organizations and programs that increase access to sufficient and nutritious food.

Here are a few examples of appropriate projects:

  • Meal service programs that ensure homebound people living with severe, chronic illnesses have access to nutritious food.
  • Food delivery models, including nonprofit grocery stores, which increase access to healthy foods in food deserts.
  • Food bank expansions and other capital projects that increase warehouse space, add cold storage and handling, and make other modifications necessary to serve more people. Please note that the Foundation focuses on regional food banks and not on food pantries or feeding programs.

Trauma, Abuse, and Safety

The Foundation supports programs that promote child and family safety and that reduce the long-term traumatic effects of child abuse and neglect, sexual assault, intimate partner or family violence, elder abuse, and exposure to community violence.

Here are a few examples of appropriate projects:

  • Domestic violence programs that provide safe shelter, counseling, legal assistance, and other support services.
  • Shelters and multidisciplinary team projects, including comprehensive services, for older adults fleeing physical, mental, economic, and sexual abuse.
  • Prevention and treatment programs that strive to reduce, and alleviate the effects of, child sexual and physical abuse, child trafficking, and child neglect.

Jobs

Employment provides the best opportunity for personal success and financial security.

Quality training programs that lead to employment enable individuals and families to achieve economic stability. The Foundation is dedicated to supporting organizations that help people secure and keep quality jobs with opportunities for advancement.

Job Training

The Foundation supports job-training programs that result in industry-recognized credentials, as well as job-placement and retention services. Employers must engage with the training organizations to verify program content and support placement and retention services. Organizations should track job retention and wages for at least two years.

Here are a few examples of appropriate projects:

  • Sector-based training programs in the health care, manufacturing, construction, food service, information technology, biotechnology, manufacturing industries, and more.
  • Life-skills and job-readiness training, including case management and referrals to technical-training programs or direct job placement.
  • Capital costs for job-training centers, including construction or renovation projects or large equipment purchases, that result in an increased number of individuals served in a sector-based training program.
  • Veterans programs that provide job-placement services for military members and their spouses.

Financial Literacy and Economic Stability

The Foundation supports programs that provide people with the financial tools necessary to achieve economic stability.

Here are a few examples of appropriate projects:

  • Financial coaching programs to help participants decrease debt, increase savings, and set long-term financial goals.
  • Free tax preparation for low-wage workers provided by IRS-trained and certified volunteers.

Youth Employment and Career Support

The Foundation supports programs that provide career exploration and work-based learning opportunities for youth.

Here are a few examples of appropriate projects:

  • Hard and soft-skills training to help disconnected youth (neither in school nor working) reconnect with career-pathway opportunities.
  • Paid internships that expose youth to a direct work experience.
  • Summer jobs programs for youth citywide.
  • Customized, community-based employment opportunities for young adults with disabilities who are transitioning from a school environment into the workplace.

Education

Education can help break the cycle of poverty.

Providing at-risk children and youth with academic opportunities helps prepare them for a stable and productive future. The Foundation is dedicated to supporting organizations that provide or supplement a high-quality education from kindergarten through high school.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

The Foundation supports in-school and out-of-school STEM programs, professional development to strengthen STEM instruction, and programs proven to improve math proficiency, in order to prepare youth for evolving workforce needs that require STEM literacy.

Here are a few examples of appropriate projects:

  • STEM programs, either in or out-of-school, that engage students in project-based learning. Programs should be able to demonstrate the academic impact of this work.
  • Intensive, evidence-based math interventions proven to increase students’ math scores. Please note that the Foundation will not fund curriculum only.
  • Programs that teach educators how to use and incorporate project-based STEM learning into their classrooms.
  • Construction of STEM spaces, including labs, makerspaces, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) centers.

Out-of-School Time

The Foundation supports after-school, weekend, and summer programs for students, kindergarten through grade 12. Funded programs must have an academic component with demonstrated academic outcomes.

Here are a few examples of appropriate projects:

  • After-school, weekend, or summer programs that work with students for a minimum of six weeks over the summer and one year during the school year and blend academic learning with enriching activities to increase academic achievement, school attendance, and positive social behavior.
  • Summer programs that blend academic learning with enriching activities and provide nutritious meals, as well as opportunities for physical activity. See Summer Funding Collaborative for more information.
  • Job opportunities that introduce teens to the workforce and teach soft skills necessary for work and life. Ideally these programs will have opportunities for advancement, continued involvement, or handoff to another employer.

College and Career Preparedness

The Foundation supports programs that assist students in developing a post-secondary plan and position them for success after graduation from high school.

Here are a few examples of appropriate projects:

  • College access programs that help students and families navigate the college application and admissions processes, including SAT/ACT testing, financial aid, and scholarship access. Priority will be shown to programs that also help students persist through college to obtain a degree.
  • Career technology education (CTE) programs that help students achieve an industry-recognized certification that will allow them to graduate from high school in a position to enter the workforce and eventually earn a family-sustaining wage.

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

Eligibility:

  • To be considered for funding, an organization must meet several prerequisite requirements:
    • Be a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3), tax-exempt status.
    • Provide direct services to low-income and vulnerable populations.
    • Have two years of 990s.
    • Have two years of audited financial statements or external financial reviews.
    • Have at least one year of program outcomes.

Ineligibility:

  • 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