Community Impact Grants

Tidewater Jewish Foundation provides grants for new and innovative programs throughout the community.


Funding for the remainder of the fiscal year is expected to be limited.





B’nai Israel Cemetery -Cemetery Refurbishment
B’nai Israel Congregation -Playground Safety Upgrade
-Eruv Expansion
Beth Sholom Village -The Honor Campaign
BINA Girls High School -Classroom Upgrades and Creative Cloud
-Women in the Torah Exhibit
-Phone System
Brody Jewish Center, University of Virginia -Judaism and Israel, In Context / IsraelFest and Shabbat Passover Around Grounds
Chabad of Tidewater -Office and Kitchen Upgrade
-Playroom Update
Congregation Beth El -Sanctuary Live Streaming System
-Inclusion Matters Program
-Hands United Building Bridges Week & Website
George Mason University Hillel -Expressions of the Holocaust Program
-Mason Good Deeds Day Festival
Hebrew Academy of Tidewater -International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program
-International Baccalaureate Software
Jewish Family Service After School Support for Persons with Disabilities
Norfolk Area Community Kollel -Shabbat Unity Program
-Commodore Levy Chapel
Ohef Shalom Temple -Open the Gates of the Temple That All May Worship
-Preservation Needs Assessment
-175 Years of Jewish Community (Book)
-Bringing Jewish Life Home
Sandler Family Campus -Community-wide Security Upgrade
Strelitz Early Childhood Education Center -Infant and Toddler Playground Expansion
Temple Emanuel -Security Cameras
-Religious School Stipends
Temple Israel -Scholar in Residence
Administration Office Lobby Floor Repair
Toras Chaim -Textbook and Learning Materials Upgrade
-Preschool Manipulatives/STEM
Virginia Stage Company -#OurTown757
Virginia Symphony Orchestra -Generations in Unison Program
Virginia Tech Hillel -Shabbat around Virginia Tech, a University Wide Shabbat Celebration
-Passover Experiences
United Jewish Federation of Tidewater / JCC -Annual Campaign
-PJ Library / Camp Extravaganza
-Cultural Israel Today, Artist in Residence, Hanoch Piven
-Strategic Plan with Rabbi Doug Kahn
-Memorial Flags for Jewish War Veterans


 Grants Process


The Foundation's Grant Approval process takes approximately 3 months to complete.

1)    The Grant Requests are reviewed following the grant submission deadline
2)    The Grants Committee reviews and makes recommendations on each Grant Request, to the   Board of Directors
3)    Upon reviewing the Grants Committee's recommendations, the Board of Directors accepts motions for approval or denial


Grant Applications

Review the Tidewater Jewish Foundation’s Grants Policy and Guidelines

To learn more about the complete grants cycle, read our FAQs!

Grant writing workshops are held biannually to learn more about the grants process and how to improve your requests. All grants are subject to the approval of the Foundation's Grants Committee and Board of Directors. For more information contact Ann Swindell at

Grants Schedule

The Grants cycle is now open.

Grant Application Deadline

Grant Committee Meets to Recommend Grants Board Meeting to Approve Grants Funds Available for Approved Grants
January 10, 2020 January 31, 2020 March 17, 2020 End of March 2020