Professional Development Grants

The Professional Development Grant encourages organizations and individuals to gain new tools and knowledge to strengthen local Jewish schools and organizations by helping to subsidize the cost of professional development opportunities. Jewish educators and employees are urged to take part in professional development opportunities to help further better and grow their organization.

Who qualifies?

To be eligible for the Professional Development Grant for Individuals, an employee must be affiliated with a qualified Jewish organization that serves Western Massachusetts (Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties) or Southern Vermont (Windham or Bennington counties).
To be eligible for the Professional Development Grant for Organizations, a qualified Jewish organization must directly serve Western Massachusetts (Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties) or Southern Vermont (Windham or Bennington counties).
Also qualifying:
  • An individual attending a training, program, or conference on behalf of their organization
  • An organization in Western MA or Southern VT hosting an onsite training for their staff

What event qualifies?

Eligible programs must be hosted by a recognized Jewish institution or reputable educational institution. The program must help participants develop impactful skills that will improve the organization. The Harold Grinspoon Foundation is focused on helping organizations develop better outreach, marketing, and fundraising and will continue supporting professional development for educators.
Examples of qualifying programs include:

  • Training to develop skills for outreach, fundraising, or marketing
  • Onsite programs conducted by a guest educator/trainer to train in groups or one-on-one sessions
  • Programs targeted directly to educators
  • Online classes for employees to develop and enhance job related skills

Programs such as CPR/AED, security, and ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate) trainings do not qualify for the grant.

What funding is available?

Organizations will have a professional development budget determined by a brief application submitted in September. The amount of funding an organization can potentially receive towards professional development to is based on total full-time equivalents (FTEs) at each organization.
  • One to four FTEs – $2,500
  • Five to nine FTEs – $3,500
  • Ten or more FTEs – $5,000
Leadership at each organization is responsible for deciding how to use the funds.

All grants are competitive, and funding is not guaranteed.  

The organization’s director or head of school must review professional development applications for individuals before submission.

Eligible costs include:
  • Registration costs
  • Standard accommodations
  • Travel costs
  • Food and concessions
Non-eligible cost include:
  • Luxury accommodations
  • Gratuities and donations
  • Souvenirs

​How do I receive funding?

Completed applications must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the start of the program. Late applications will not be accepted.

If approved for a Professional Development Grant, a check will be made out to the recipient and the sponsoring organization. The check will be mailed to the address listed on the recipient’s application.

Need Help?

For questions about the Professional Development Grant or the online grant system, please email [email protected].


Please note that the Harold Grinspoon Foundation reserves the right to decline any application for any reason.

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