Fall 2024 Grants

Jewish Philanthropies of Southern Arizona (JPSA) partners with organizations, families, and individuals to foster and enhance community and respond to those in need - enriching Southern Arizona, the Jewish people, and the world.

Fall Grant Cycle: Capacity Building

JPSA's Fall 2024 community grant cycle focuses on capacity building.  Capacity building involves strengthening your organization’s ability to fulfill its organization’s mission and achieve its goals effectively and sustainably. For example, capacity building initiatives might include providing training workshops on fundraising techniques to increase financial sustainability, offering programs to develop leadership skills among staff and volunteers, implementing technology upgrades to streamline operations and improve efficiency and developing a strategic plan to ensure your organization’s future. Ultimately, capacity building empowers nonprofits to better serve their communities, adapt to challenges, and achieve long-term success in advancing their missions.

Use this opportunity to elevate your organization.  Proposals may be new/innovative or on-going.  On-going projects should incorporate new elements that improve your ability to have a greater impact in the community. You are strongly encouraged to meet with Robyn Schwager, Community Impact Manager (520) 647-8429 or [email protected] to discuss your ideas and help you position your proposal. Please note, Robyn will be out of the office July 26 – August 6.

Grant Application Criteria

You are invited to submit proposals for capacity building initiatives that will help ensure the effectiveness of your organization while impacting the Jewish community in Southern Arizona.

  • Applicants must be a 501c3 organization (or its equivalent) in good standing.
  • The grant period is one (1) year in duration.
  • The applicant must be current in all reporting to JPSA.
  • Organizations can apply for only one (1) grant but may partner/collaborate on proposals submitted by other organizations.
  • Grants requests up to $20,000 for capacity building will be accepted from qualified nonprofit organizations. If your proposal addresses one or more of the following needs, you may be eligible to apply for a larger grant amount. Please contact Robyn to learn how to position your proposal and learn more about these opportunities.
    • nurturing young families
    • youth at risk
    • homelessness
    • individuals with special needs/abilities
    • older adults (60+)

Reporting Requirements

  • Mid-cycle status conversation with JPSA staff
  • A summary of the initiative is due within 30 days after the completion of the project.  A form will be provided for you to complete.

Please follow the application guidelines closely and answer all questions in detail so the reviewers have a thorough understanding of your proposal ensuring your initiative’s ability to move forward in the process. If you have questions about the application or the process, please contact Robyn Schwager (520) 647-8429 or [email protected]. Please note, Robyn will be out of the office July 26 – August 6.


  • August 22, 2024, 5pm MST: Applications due
  • September 05, 11 and 17, 2024 between 12:30 and 3:30pm: Presentation and Q&A with the Committee (you will be notified of your time slot two weeks in advance)
  • Week of November 18, 2024: Notification of Award
  • After December 2, 2024: Funds Available: 
  • On or before December 31, 2025: Project Completion Date
  • On or before January 30, 2025: Final Evaluation due

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