The mission of the Jewish Federation Grants Department is to generate foundation and government grants revenue in support of programs addressing the needs of the Chicago Jewish community.
The Grants Department offers quarterly grant network meetings, prospect research, proposal and report editing, a biweekly e-newsletter, one-on-one tutorials, grantwriter-in-residence, and other technical assistance to Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago affiliate and beneficiary agencies in order to build capacity to secure grant funding. The Grants Department is also responsible for two grant making programs:
Priority Grants Program
Initiated in 1995, the Priority Grants program was developed as an incentive for Federation affiliate and beneficiary agencies to develop innovative projects responding to communal priorities.
Fund for Innovation in Health
Fund for Innovation in Health (FIH) makes grants to the Federation’s affiliate agencies to improve the health of vulnerable people in Chicago’s Jewish community. FIH is supported by a Centennial gift from the Michael Reese Health Trust.