The Sylvan T. Baer Foundation Application Process 2023


Please note two changes this year! First, the application process is hosted on this page, rather than on the Bank of America site. Each agency will download the form, fill it out and submit it via email. All instructions can be found below. Second, there is now one phase to the application process, rather than two.

IMPORTANT: Bank of America introduced a one-year skip cycle so awarded agencies have to sit a year out and cannot re-apply the following year. The reason for this skip cycle is twofold. There is a limited amount of grant dollars available each year and there is a growing number of organizations that serve the North Texas Jewish community.

In addition to the application form, each agency should submit three supporting documents:

  • IRS Letter of Determination, or supporting exempt-status documentation
  •  One-page operating budget summary (if available)
  • Audited financials (within the last three years)

About the Sylvan T. Baer Foundation

The Sylvan T. Baer Foundation was established in 1965 by Mr. Baer in honor of his parents, Jacob and Helen Baer, to assist needy and deserving Jews in the Dallas community.  Bank of America, N.A. is proud to serve as trustee of this charitable foundation and as steward of these charitable funds.  The Dallas Jewish Community Foundation works, on behalf of Bank of America, to identify and recommend qualified Jewish organizations, such as synagogues, day schools and other Jewish organizations. Together, we will award meaningful grants to our community, in keeping with Mr. Baer’s philanthropic mission. The Sylvan T. Baer Foundation has awarded more than $7 million in support of the North Texas Jewish Community.

Areas of Interest/Area Served

Jewish organization or organizations for religious, scientific, literary, medical, educational or other charitable purpose or purposes or for the use and benefit of any needy deserving Jewish individual or individuals and to or for the use and benefit of any Jewish organization or organizations.

Geographical Focus

Grants are awarded to qualified 501(c)(3) charitable Jewish organizations located in the Dallas County and the surrounding area. Organizations must be in operation for at least three years to be eligible to apply.

Area of Support/Grant Type

The Sylvan T. Baer Foundation Grant Committee will review requests for the following types of grants: capital campaigns, programs and special projects, financial aid, and endowment campaigns. Funding for start-up programs and limited general operating requests will also be considered. Grant amounts range from $5,000 to $50,000.

Meeting Procedures

The Sylvan T. Baer Foundation Grants Committee will carefully evaluate grant proposals with DJCF to ensure that grants are awarded in accordance with the philanthropic mission of the Baer Foundation. The Grants Committee will present the grant recommendations to Bank of America for final decision.

The application window is closed. The bank will notify each applicant agency this fall. 


For more potential funding opportunities visit the Bank of America website here!



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