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Overview of Decision-Making Process
The Foundation Board makes grants twice yearly, once in the spring and once in the late fall. A Grants Committee made up of Trustees convenes regularly to discuss the current grant portfolio, review renewal requests, and analyze new proposals. Foundation Staff performs regular site visits throughout the year and works to stay up-to-date not only with the current grant portfolio, but with the larger issues related to the current funding priorities.

Applicant Eligibility
Non-profit, 501(c)(3) public charities that have developed innovative approaches, new programs, and those that have ongoing programs with proven records of success in addressing needs within the Foundationís areas of interest, are eligible to apply for funding.

At this time, the Foundation does not accept unsolicited applications; it prefers to take the initiative to develop projects in conjunction with organizations that are in accord with its mission and funding priorities. However, Polinger Foundation always enjoys learning about new projects and ideas. Should it seem that your program or project would be a good fit with the Foundationís funding priorities, please email a brief description of your program to

Types of Grants Available

Grants are available for general operating and project support, especially for innovative approaches and new initiatives. The Foundation is particularly interested in emphasizing long-term impact, encouraging organizational sustainability and providing matching grants. Requests for capital and endowment grants are not normally accepted, but the Trustees may initiate such grants at their discretion.

Geographic Focus

Grants for Preserving and Strengthening Jewish Life are made nationally and internationally, with a special emphasis on the Washington DC region. Grants for Performing Arts and Family Well-Being funding are made primarily in Washington DC and Montgomery County, Maryland.