Scholarships & Grants
Some of our fundholders at the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation created funds to address issues in a specific area of interest. We are fortunate that our donors fill needs in our community and we are able to make annual grant distributions to worthy organizations and individuals. Whether you are seeking funding as an individual, or on behalf of a nonprofit organization, we welcome your interest in these opportunities! Since these grants are available at different times of the year please check this page frequently for new and updated information as it becomes available.
Vishnevetsky Family Scholarship Fund of the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation
This camp scholarship was established to defray the cost for a camper to attend Greene Family Camp. The recipient is chosen by Greene Family Camp in partnership with the Vishnevetsky Family. Established in 2016, the fund was created by former camper and staff member, Edward Vishnevetsky, z"l, whose love of GFC inspired him to help defray the cost of camp for children with financial need throughout our region. In doing so, Ed's hope was that they would have a life-long connection to Judaism and experience the magic of camp, just as he did.
To be eligible to apply for a scholarship a family must demonstrate financial need and live in one of the following counties: Dallas, Denton, or Collin. The eligible camp must be a nonprofit overnight residential camp affiliated with a Jewish organization in the United States.
The 2023 Summer application process is open: click here to apply.
Dale and Harold Topletz Memorial Camp Chai Scholarship Fund of the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation
Vicki Topletz endowed this scholarship in memory of her parents because she knows firsthand how much joy camp can bring to a child. Every summer a camper at Camp Chai will attend a session at no cost. This scholarship is administered directly by the Aaron Family JCC.
Vicki Topletz Camp Simcha Scholarship Fund of the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation.
Vicki Topletz was a camper at Camp Chai, and as an adult she was enlisted to become a Camp Simcha counselor, a job she relished for four summers. Now she is the first camper, turned counselor, turned donor! A young camper will attend a session at Camp Simcha each summer with a full scholarship. The Aaron Family JCC administers this annual scholarship.
The Janis Levine Music Women and Children's Endowment Fund of the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation
Funding from the Janis Levine Music Women and Children's Endowment Fund of the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation has helped organizations that provide for women and children for over 20 years. The 2018 recipients were Alley's House and St. Simon's After-School. They were each awarded $10,000 to help them continue their great work in serving and protecting some of the most vulnerable women and children in our community.
The Sylvan T. Baer Foundation
The Sylvan T. Baer Foundation, Bank of America, N.A. Trustee was established in 1965 by Mr. Baer in honor of his parents to assist needy and deserving Jews in the Dallas Community. His forethought has allowed the distribution of approximately $7 million dollars. The Dallas Jewish Community Foundation works on behalf of Bank of America in identifying and recommending qualified Jewish organizations, such as synagogues, day schools and other Jewish organizations to receive funding.
The application process will open in Spring 2023.
Helen E. Risch Preschool Scholarship Endowment Fund of the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation
This fund was established to increase Jewish preschool enrollment and provide financial assistance to children who might not otherwise have the opportunity for a Jewish preschool education. Preschool directors apply for this scholarship on behalf of students with financial need.
Teen Israel Trips
The DJCF has many funds that assist in teen travel to Israel. They include the Stephen F. Black Memorial Israel Teen Tour Scholarship Fund, The Otto and Fannie Kriss Teen Tours to Israel Scholarship Fund, the Israel Teen Tour Scholarship Endowment Fund and Daniels Family Israel Education Endowment Fund. Teens wishing to apply for travel to Israel should contact www.jewishdallas.org for information and application.
Daniels Family Israel Education Endowment Fund of the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation
The application process is now closed. It will reopen next Fall 2023.
The Daniels Family Israel Education Endowment Fund of the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation, awards scholarships for European-Israel Experiences. This award is not based on financial need; it will be awarded to one "under-affiliated" Jewish Dallas area high school junior or senior with good grades and secular leadership experience. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!