Weinberg Foundation Small Grants Program

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

Grant amount: Up to US $100,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Education / Outreach, 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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NOTE: Before applying for a Maryland Small Grant, the applicant is required to speak with the program team member for the appropriate geographic area.

Small Grants Program

The Small Grants Program (SGP) allows smaller nonprofits in Maryland, Northeastern Pennsylvania, and Greater Chicago to apply for a grant of up to $50,000 for two years ($100,000 total). This program includes all Foundation areas of giving.

Since its inception in 2007, the Small Grants Program has awarded hundreds of grants totaling more than $24 million to hundreds of Maryland and Northeastern Pennsylvania nonprofits.

The Small Grants Program differs from the Foundation’s standard grant making process. There is no deadline for grant requests and a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) is not required.

Areas of Giving

The Weinberg Foundation awards grants through seven areas of giving:

Older Adults

The Foundation supports organizations that help low-income and vulnerable older adults to age in their communities with independence and dignity. This is the largest single area of grantmaking by The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.

Workforce Development

The Foundation supports organizations that are committed to helping people help themselves by obtaining and retaining employment, preferably on a career track. Grants are directed to organizations that provide job training, placement, and retention for unemployed or underemployed individuals.


The Foundation supports organizations that ensure children are ready for kindergarten; achieve grade-level academic performance in reading, math, and science; and graduate from high school prepared for college and the workplace. This portfolio includes an emphasis on early childhood development, STEM (Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Math), literacy, out-of-school time, and child and family safety.


The Foundation supports organizations that respect and promote the independence, integration, and individual choice of children and adults with intellectual, physical, and sensory disabilities as necessary preconditions for a good life.

Basic Human Needs & Health

The Foundation supports organizations that meet the basic needs of individuals, families, and communities. These include programs in the areas of homeless services, economic assistance, food security, and health.


The Foundation supports organizations and programs committed to ensuring military members and their families effectively reintegrate into their communities. Grants made within this portfolio emphasize programs focused on workforce development, physical and mental health, and the elimination of barriers to a variety of services.

General Community Support

The Foundation supports major Jewish and greater community development efforts as well as philanthropic investments that support low-income and vulnerable families. This area largely includes major leadership and multi-service organizations which do not fit into other specific areas of focus for the Foundation because their missions, while focused on low-income populations, are broad and diverse.

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  • To be considered for SGP funding, an organization must meet several requirements:
    • Be a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3), tax-exempt status; have operated for a minimum of three years; and have audited or reviewed financial statements. 
    • Maintain an annual organizational budget of $2 million or less within Maryland, Northeastern Pennsylvania, or Greater Chicago.
    • Provide direct services primarily to residents of Maryland, Northeastern Pennsylvania, or Greater Chicago.
    • Meet the Foundation’s mission of providing direct services to low-income and vulnerable populations.
    • Request funds for general operating support, program support, or capital projects.
    • Submit requests that represent no more than 25 percent of the organization’s total annual operating budget.


  • 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

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