Women’s Alliance seeks grant proposals


The Women’s Alliance Endowment Fund is seeking grant proposals for the upcoming fiscal year for programs and services that will provide a longtime benefit to Jewish women and girls. 

This year, WAEF will make grants totaling nearly $8,000, to be distributed in June. Educational, cultural and religious programs will be considered, as will health services and social services. 

Over the last decade, the Women’s Alliance Endowment Fund has awarded 90 local and overseas grants, totaling over $72,000, to a range of programs and service providers. 

All Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts and overseas Jewish organizations and synagogues with missions that fall within the purview of the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island are welcome to apply for funding. 

Programs that have most recently received funding include the Girls Power lunch at the Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island, where empowerment and combating bullying is discussed; Congregation Beth Sholom’s Women, Torah, and Leadership Series; Cyberbullying Prevention for Girls, run by ELI, the Israeli association for child protection; and therapeutic getaways for breast-cancer patients through Rafanah Healing Holidays. 

Each recipient’s program is critical to the success of Jewish women and children around the world, and WAEF members are proud to be able to support these programs. 

Currently, there are 122 WAEF members, each of whom is encouraged to participate in the annual allocations process. WAEF membership requires a contribution of $1,000 to the fund, payable over up to four years. 

Grant requests must be received by Friday, March 15. Funding recipients are identified at the WAEF annual meeting, which will take place on May 6; recipients will be notified in June.

JENNIFER ZWIRN (jzwirn@jewishallianceri.org) is the director, Community Development at the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island. For more information on WAEF grants, please contact her.