Menorah Heritage Foundation Funding Guidelines

The Menorah Heritage Foundation is guided by the following principles in awarding grants:

  • Perpetuate the Jewish Community
  • Anticipate and adapt to changing needs
  • Invest in transformational change
  • Address critical/severe needs
  • Support meaningful programs that benefit the Greater Kansas City Community

The Menorah Heritage Foundation seeks to support organizations who:

  • Maintain a history of compassion and excellence
  • Address the needs and represent the interests and viewpoints of their clients
  • Possess the leadership, management, efficiencies and resources necessary to achieve the organizational objectives
  • Collaborate with other providers whenever feasible and appropriate
  • Establish financial stability and present a sense of awareness regarding the details of operations


  1. Tax status: Applicants must have a 501(c)(3) and non-private foundation determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service, and be designated as a public charity under section 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  2. Geographic parameters: Organizations should maintain ongoing operations, including staffing and programs, within the greater Kansas City metropolitan area, defined as Johnson and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas, and Clay, Jackson, and Platte Counties in Missouri. All funded services/programs must be designed and carried out for the benefit of the target population living in the Kansas City area.  For core grants, funds must be used for operations in the above Kansas City metro.  Any exception to this geographic limitation must be requested and approved by MHF prior to submission of any grant.
  3. Non-Discriminatory: Both in hiring staff and providing services, applicant organizations must not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or disability.

Please contact MHF at least two weeks prior to submission deadlines.  We want to ensure your organization is applying in the correct grant cycle, verify eligibility, and understands our requirements.  Applicants are expected to limit their grant application to one MHF grant cycle. We are available to counsel you on which of our four grant cycles is the best fit for your organization and your request.

The Menorah Heritage Foundation does NOT typically make grants for the following:

  • Lobbying, propaganda, or other attempts to influence legislation
  • Sectarian purposes (programs that promote or require a religious doctrine)
  • Capital campaigns
  • Fundraising events, including sponsorship, tickets, and advertising
  • Individual scholarship support
  • Deficit funding
  • Endowment support or multi-year commitments

Healthy for Life Grant2018 cycle deadline is
December 15, 2017
Week of March 19, 2018Please review with MHF
prior to submission.
Jewish Community CycleMarch 1, 2018Week of June 18, 2018Please review with MHF
prior to submission.
General Community Core GrantSTEP 1: Letter of Intent
May 1, 2018
STEP 1: Week of May 14, 2018
Up to $10,000
STEP 2: Invited Grant Applications
June 15, 2018
STEP 2: Week of September 17, 2018
Older Adult Cycle GrantAugust 15, 2018For 2017 Applications: Week of December 17, 2017
For 2018 Applications: Week of December 24, 2018
Up to $20,000
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