The following entities are eligible to apply for a grant:

  • IRS-Designated 501(c)(3) Public or Private Charity
  • Public or Private Foundation Operating Under 501(c)(3) and 4940(d)(2)
  • Governmental Instrumentality or Political Subdivision
  • Agency or Organization Fiscally Sponsored By an IRS-Designated 501(c)(3) Organization
  • Faith-Based Organization (for non-religious programs serving the broader community)

Absolutely no grants will be awarded directly to individuals, and/or religious or political endeavors.

In addition to meeting the above eligibility requirements, the applicant must reflect a majority of the following characteristics that are essential to JRF’s strategy for determining the merits and priority of an application and/or a potential JRF grantee: 

  • Is collaborative and/or complementary to existing programs and/or services
  • Has the potential for a ripple effect throughout the region
  • Has the potential to attract and/or leverage other resources
  • Promotes capacity-building and support for viable, sustainable nonprofit organizations
  • Addresses root causes and long-term solutions
  • Presents clear, compelling, and credible evidence of need