Grants & Loans


JFFS exists to serve our community, in Orange County, in Israel and around the world. We are dedicated to increasing community philanthropy toward the goal of providing more grants and services; and underwriting activities that engage people in building community and in sustaining Jewish life.  


NEW! Jewish Arts Programming Grant Coming in 2019


The Jewish Community Foundation Orange County and Jewish Federation & Family Services of Orange County are working together to offer a grantmaking program in 2019 to support and enhance Jewish arts programming in Orange County. The definition of “Jewish arts” includes visual, performing, literary, cultural, and culinary Jewish arts, as well as Jewish arts education. These grants will be made possible by a legacy gift from the Albert Weissman and Rhoda Yvette Weissman Estate.   

More information about the grant application process will be shared in the first quarter of 2019. If you have questions, please email  


The JFFS Planning & Funding Council, comprises 17 lay leaders involved with numerous community organizations, directs JFFS Core Grants and Impact Grants to our community institutions, and oversees subcommittees of lay leaders who determine Passport to Jewish Life® educational grants, Family Philanthropy Venture Fund grants, Lifelines emergency assistance grants, Israel grants and Rose Project grants. In addition, the JFFS Finance Committee, a team of outstanding lay leaders with vast professional experience as CPAs, CFOs, investors, bankers and financial advisors, further oversees all JFFS grants, programs and infrastructure.

  • Core Grants are made annually to the six JFFS Core Partners to support a broad range of their activities.

  • The 2018 grant process has not yet been announced. Further information will be posted in early fall.

  • Passport to Jewish Life® grants open the doors to new and exciting Jewish educational destinations - such as Jewish summer camp, congregational religious school, Jewish teen leadership and community service programs, as well as Israel experiences.

  • JFFS' Family Philanthropy Venture Fund - comprised of families and philanthropists - seeks out and supports innovative, high-impact projects, within the mission of JFFS, that have the potential to become self-sustaining and address unmet needs in our community.

  • Support for projects in Israel is provided by JFFS donors who give to the Connect 2 Israel Initiative.

  • Rose Project grants are available for Jewish campus organizations, student subsidies for Israel education, advocacy training and leadership development programs, and academic engagements between OC and Israeli universities.