The JEM Project is a private, grant making foundation, designed to make grants each year to worthy projects in our local communities as well as globally.

Click the button above to go to The JEM Project web portal for grant applications. Begin the process by registering as a new organization. You will be able to invite your colleagues to register as additional users to help complete your application. If you have a GuideStar profile, you will be able to auto-populate several of the application fields. 

Proposals will be considered in the foundation’s general focus areas or for special project areas established by the Board. Proposals will only be accepted for organizations operating within the United States.

Most grants are expected to be limited although there are no fixed minimum or maximum amounts. It is not normally the foundation’s desire to be the sole source of funds for a project. Requests for multi-year funding commitments are not eligible.

Additional Guidelines

We ask that there be one grant application per organization. Organizations with multiple branches or chapters may only submit one application for their organization in each state. Government agencies and universities are not eligible to apply directly. Programs and projects that include integration, partnership and collaboration with state and federal management agencies and universities are acceptable.


Grants MAY NOT be used for the following:

  • Capital campaigns with the exception of capital needs that significantly and measurably improve program effectiveness and impact.
  • General operating (overhead and other administrative costs are acceptable as they relate to the program and project for which funding is being requested).
  • Endowment.
  • Re-granting to other organizations or individuals.
  • Lobbying – IRS-defined lobbying activities are prohibited by federal law.
  • Partisan research and analysis, and non-permissible policy-related activities.

We value projects that increase impact and provide lasting change – projects must have a start and finish, set budget, and measurable results. We are also interested in:

  • small projects, (because they are often seeds of change); 
  • projects that are built on collaboration with others; 
  • projects that draw diverse people together (building new relationships); 
  • and projects that evoke simplicity and self-giving generosity.