Funding Priorities and Philosophy

MAZON awards grants to organizations representing the full spectrum of the anti-hunger community, including advocacy organizations, emergency food assistance programs (pantries, soup kitchens, congregate/home-delivered meal programs serving frail seniors and other at-risk populations), food banks, and multi-service organizations (services may include case management, job training and/or placement, legal assistance, medical care, shelter, housing assistance and advocacy or referral services to help clients obtain such aid elsewhere).

MAZON embraces its position as a Jewish Response to hunger and endeavors to exemplify the best in Jewish tradition. We award grants to organizations working to improve the lives of everyone and anyone who needs help. Grant applications from organizations that proselytize, impose any sort of religious requirement or discriminate in any way against potential clients will not be considered.

What MAZON Does Not Fund

While we recognize their importance, MAZON does not fund the following types of programs:

  • Special holiday meals programs, including those at Thanksgiving or Passover, or once-a-week food programs, such as Shabbat meal deliveries
  • Organizations/projects focused principally on preventing homelessness
  • Organizations that charge individuals for food, including SHARE programs
  • Government entities or professional associations
  • Job-training programs
  • Organizations whose principal function is grantmaking
  • Capital campaigns
  • Organizations that have significant direct access to individual Jewish contributors (MAZON reserves the right to determine which organizations fall into this category.)
  • Documentary film projects

MAZON also does not:

  • Provide grants to individuals.
  • Accept proposals from organizations that do not follow our application procedures.
  • Provide renewed funding to past grantees that have not met our reporting requirements or satisfactorily completed the terms of past MAZON grants.
  • Accept more than one proposal at a time from the same organization

Emergency Grants

MAZON is dedicated to responding to humanitarian hunger relief efforts, domestically and abroad, during times of disaster and great need. Learn more about our Emergency Grants

MAZON is currently revising its grantmaking portfolio, which will impact our 2012 grant cycle. We will post updates on the website as they become available. 

Grantmaking FAQ Page