Emergency Grant: COVID-19 / Maimonides Response Fund Policies and Procedures


Funding decisions will be made on a rolling basis. Please email your complete application to lstanger@jewishnewhaven.org 


The maximum amount per grant application (not per organization) is $20,000. If an organization would like to apply for a larger grant, please discuss it with Lisa Stanger before completing and submitting the grant application.



  1. Provide emergency grants to Greater New Haven area Jewish agencies and synagogues for needs related to the current Covid-19 crisis. 
  2. Assist our agencies and synagogues to address critical human needs such as, but not limited to, unemployment, housing, mental health and social services, medical bills, and food insecurity; 
  3. Encourage collaboration between Jewish organizations to maximize the use of resources; and 
  4. Outreach to Jewish households in Greater New Haven. 


Criteria for Project Selection 

  1. The relevance of the project to the above-stated goals. 
  2. The degree to which there is a demonstrated need for the project or program within the Jewish community of Greater New Haven. 
  3. The extent to which project activities are well planned and feasible. 
  4. The organization’s capability to carry out the proposed project may be demonstrated by a proven track record. 
  5. A justifiable and appropriate budget in relation to the proposed project. 



  1. Grant applications will be accepted from tax-exempt organizations classified under Section 501 (c)3 or described in Section 170 (b) (1) (A) of the Internal Revenue Code. 
  2. When applicable, applications must be signed by the Executive Director and the Board President or another officer of the applicant organization. 
  3. Grant recipients are required to submit a brief Final Report that includes an evaluation of the use of funding. A copy of the format for the Final Report is attached to this application. 
  4. If your organization has previously been awarded a grant by the Jewish Federation or Foundation, the Grants Committee will consider prior performance including 1) whether the money that was awarded was or was not utilized; 2) whether the program or project for which the grant was awarded was or was not used for the purpose for which it was awarded, and 3) whether an adequate final report and/or evaluation was or was not submitted. 
  5. All publicity about the project, program, or service must state that funding, in total or in part, was provided by the Jewish Federation and Foundation of Greater New Haven. This is the language that should be used: "This project (or program) was made possible through a grant from the Jewish Federation and Foundation of Greater New Haven". Logos are available upon request for use in program materials.