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. The applicant 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. Organizations should maintain ongoing operations, including staffing and programs, within the greater Kansas City metropolitan area, defined as to Johnson and Wyandotte County in Kansas and Clay, Jackson, and Platte County in Missouri. All funded services/programs must be designed and carried out for the benefit of the target population living in the Kansas City.  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. Organizations must be non-discriminatory in the hiring of staff and in providing services on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability.
  4. All 2017 applicants must contact MHF at least two (2) weeks prior to submission.   We want to ensure your organization is applying in the correct grant cycle and understands our requirements.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to limit their grant application to one (1) MHF grant cycle.  We are available to counsel you on which of our four (4) 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
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