Funding Opportunities

Jewish Home of Cincinnati Inc, (JHC) provides grant funds for projects that align with our mission to support Greater Cincinnati Jewish seniors (ages 65+) by investing in innovative services and programs. Grant sizes vary based upon funding opportunities. While we will consider grants for smaller-impact projects in the $5,000–$25,000 range, we are primarily looking for high-impact programs with requests in the $25,000–$150,000 range.

Strategic Focus Areas for Priority Funding
•Reducing Social Isolation
•Supporting Caregivers
•Intergenerational Connections
•Food Insecurity and/or Access to Kosher Food •Affordable Housing
•Health and Wellness/Healthy Living Longer •Improving Awareness of Available Services for Seniors
•Engaging the Skills and Talents of Older Adults in the Community (including as volunteers)

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Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Applicants must be qualified charitable nonprofit 501[c][3] organizations as determined by IRS regulations
  • Synagogues/Temples may apply for grant funds for projects which serve older adults, but should propose a project that significantly and intentionally goes beyond typical congregational engagement
  • Applicant organizations need not be Jewish or Jewish-affiliated, but program or service must create impact for Jewish seniors
  • Programs may benefit Jewish and non-Jewish seniors, as long as benefit to Jewish seniors is documented
  • Grant funds must be expended within 12 months of allocation, or with permission
  • Collaboration with other aligned non-profit organizations in a joint grant application is encouraged. Funds will be awarded to the lead applicant who will also be responsible for measured outcomes reporting
  • Projects which demonstrate innovation by creating new initiatives of by expanding or strengthening existing programs or services are preferred
  • Applications will not be accepted from individuals
  • Projects which are for political purposes, capital campaigns, or for-profit ventures are ineligible
  • Projects which ask JHC to fund projects which reimburse individuals for expenses which are typically covered by insurance or government programs (such as Medicare or Medicaid) are highly unlikely to be funded.

Grant Application Process:

Step 1:

Please read the Grant Resources Guide before deciding if you would like to apply. Eligible nonprofits must submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) Letters may be submitted June 5 – September 20. Organizations are encouraged to submit the LOI early so they have maximum time to complete the full application.

Step 2:

LOIs will be reviewed on a rolling basis by JHC Executive Director. Organizations will be notified via email if they are invited to submit a full grant application (link to grant application form will be provided only if invited to apply). Organizations are strongly encouraged to make an appointment to discuss the proposal with JHC Executive Director prior to completing the application. This will help the organization frame their proposals and understand JHC priorities. These consultations do not guarantee funding.

The grant application deadline is
September 27, 2024 at 6 pm eastern.

Step 3:

Organizations may be asked to answer additional questions or submit additional materials during the grant review period. Notification of award recipients for the next round will be announced in December, 2024. Grantees will be required to sign an agreement and provide a completed W9 before funds are released. Should a proposal be declined, the nonprofit is encouraged to reapply at the next grant cycle.

Step 4:

Grantees will execute their projects and submit Final Reports to JHC in accordance with grant requirements.