Through its Family Education Grant, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF) funds eligible Jewish organizations that provide informal, creative Jewish education and experiential learning programs to engage families. Not only does program allow for both children and families to be engaged together, but it also allows for parents to be engaged through specific parent education programs.

Who qualifies?
  • Jewish organizations serving teens such as synagogues, day schools, or social service organizations
  • All organizations must:
    • Have IRS tax classification as described in 125 Code 501 (c) (3) and 509 (a)(1) and (2)
    • Be located in Western Massachusetts or Southern Vermont (Bennington and Windham counties)
    • Offer Jewish Education programs for teens
    • Have a formal system of tracking:
      • Eligible participants 
      • Program Attendance

What types of programs qualify?

Programs that qualify must:
  • Hold at least 4 unique events or several recurring events during the grant period
  • Offer creative Jewish education or experiential learning events
  • Focus on Jewish themes such as:
    • Tikkun Olam
    • Tzedakah
    • Jewish holidays
    • Jewish rituals
    • Culture
    • Spirituality
    • Israel

Funding Available

  • Organizations may apply for up to 70% of the cost of staff or specialists leading direct educational programming and/or outreach activities, up to a maximum of $7,500. To be eligible, the staff or specialist must have direct responsibility for the program.
  • In addition to staff funding, HGF will fund up to an additional $2,500 for program expenses.
  • The following costs will not be included in the calculation of the grant amount:
    • Payroll Taxes
    • Bonuses
    • Benefits

    How do I get paid?
    If approved, payments will be released at the midpoint and end of the program year and are contingent on the receipt and approval of all required documents. A complete reporting timeline will be communicated upon approval. The submission of a Final Report will be required to be considered for future grant applications.
    In addition to submitting required reports through the HGF Online Grant System, applicants must post events on Jewish Culture Connect.

    Need help?

    For any general questions about the Teen Education Grant Program or for questions regarding the online grant system, please contact us at

    The Harold Grinspoon Foundation does not support recreational or entertainment based programs or events.
    HGF reserves the right to decline any application.


Mark Gold
Interim Director,
HGF WMass Programs