The Jewish Endowment Foundation

Grants & Scholarships

The Jewish Endowment Foundation (JEF) of Western Massachusetts, a division of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, has a variety of funds that provide money for grants, scholarships, travel to and study in Israel, Jewish education, professional development, missions, social justice, Holocaust education. Its Unrestricted Funds support JEF’s operations and provide grants to local organizations for a variety of purposes through a grants process. Following are some grants and scholarships currently available.

Program & Event Grants

JEF offers various funds that provide money for grants, Jewish education, professional development, missions, social justice, and Holocaust education. If you are an organization that has been granted JEF funding, please download the Federation partnership guidelines here and our logo here. If you have any questions, please contact marketing@jewishwesternmass.org

Israel Travel Grants & Scholarships

May 18, 2023 UPDATE: Please be aware that all available funding for adult and teen Israel travel in 2023 has been expended; there is limited funding still available for: 
-college students travel to Israel on an educational or cultural program
-study at institutions of higher learning in Israel. 
College scholarship applications have closed, and applicants will be hearing from the committee soon.

Apply for up to $1,500 to subsidize your educational trip to Israel with a grant or scholarship!

Funding for this category of grants and scholarships is provided by a group of funds from the Jewish Endowment Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts. They were created to help students and adults defray costs of traveling to and studying in Israel.

You may also be eligible for additional subsidies from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Click here for more details.

Springfield Council of Jewish Women College Scholarship

The SCJW has awarded more than $2.5 million dollars to financially assist thousands of local students in their pursuit of higher education. Scholarships are available to all qualified undergraduate students regardless of race, religion, or gender. Applicants must be residents of Chicopee, Springfield, East Longmeadow, Longmeadow, Wilbraham, Hampden, Agawam or West Springfield. Scholarship recipients are chosen based on a combination of academic performance, financial need, and community involvement. Students are eligible to renew their awards for their full four years of their undergraduate collegiate career. Renewal applicants will receive a link via email to a renewal form. Please contact Michelle Everett, Legacy & Stewardship Associate, if you did not receive the link.

Deadline is April 18, 2024

JEF Common Fund College Scholarship

JEF Common Fund College Scholarships are available to all qualified undergraduate students regardless of race, religion, or gender. Applicants must be residents of Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties (all towns).  Scholarship recipients are chosen based on a combination of academic performance, financial need, and community involvement. Students are eligible to renew their awards for their full four years of their undergraduate collegiate career. 

Deadline is April 18, 2024