Looking for funding? The Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation manages several funds that provide funding through a competitive grant process. Check below to see if any of our participating funds meet your needs.

Louis Herman Memorial Fund

Currently: Open

The Louis Herman Memorial Fund, a designated fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, is seeking applications for the 2018 grant cycle.  The Louis Herman Memorial Fund has been used to support a variety of organizations in the Jewish community.  Areas of particular interest to the Fund include:

  • Promoting Judaism among children and youth
  • Day school education
  • Israel experience
  • Technology in schools

While the fund does not place a limit on the dollar amount requested, historically most grant recipients have received grants of $5,000 – $20,000.

Special consideration will be given to new and innovative projects. Grants will not generally be awarded for regular operating budgets.

Grant finalists will be invited to give a brief presentation to the Louis Herman Memorial Fund Advisory Committee in June.

Applications must be received by Monday, May 7, 2018.

Click here to apply.


Mount Sinai Community Foundation

Currently: Closed

The MSCF funds one-time projects up to $10,000 that fulfill the MSCF’s mission to improve health, enhance well-being, or otherwise advance medical care for Minnesota residents. MSCF gives equal consideration to proposals that impact the Jewish and non-Jewish communities in Minnesota. MSCF is especially interested in proposals that provide innovative approaches for addressing health, well-being or medical care that might not be funded by other grant sources. MSCF also gives priority to identifiable, discrete projects that the Foundation may fund alone or with other funding partners.

Through the generosity of the Frances & Samuel Finkelstein/Janice Finkelstein Mattison Memorial Fund, one of the grants funded will be in the area of cancer research and education. Organizations interested in securing the designated Memorial funds, should address the connection to cancer research and education in their application.

Click here for more information.

The Howard B. & Ruth F. Brin Jewish Arts Endowment Fund

Currently: Closed

The Howard B. & Ruth F. Brin Jewish Arts Endowment Fund is named for the prominent Minneapolis couple Howard B. Brin and Ruth F. Brin who were both community and national leaders. The Fund serves to support artistic creativity with Jewish content. Applications are welcome emphasizing music, dance, literature, theater, visual arts, or film from artists or institutions, Jewish or non-Jewish. Grant awards range from $500 to $10,000.

Learn more about Howard B. & Ruth F. Brin

The Toodie and Frank Trestman Special Needs and Collaborative Education Endowment

Currently: Closed


The Toodie and Frank Trestman Special Needs and Collaborative Education Endowment supports local efforts in two areas:

  • Collaborative education: formal and informal Jewish education programs that involve collaboration between two or more organizations
  • Special needs: increasing the ability of children and adults with special needs to participate in Jewish life and receive a Jewish education.

2016 Winning Projects

For an in-depth description of the Trestman Fund’s goals, click here

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