Professional Development Grants

Professional Development Grants provide support to organizations and individuals to gain new tools and knowledge to strengthen local Jewish schools and organizations. Jewish educators and employees are urged to take part in professional development opportunities to help improve and grow their organizations.

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?

Programs must be hosted by approved Jewish institutions, educational institutions, or independent consultants. The program must help participants develop skills that will improve the organization. The Harold Grinspoon Foundation is focused on helping organizations develop better outreach, marketing, and fundraising as well as 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 are eligible but not guaranteed for up to $4,000 per year. 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 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 issued to the sponsoring organization.

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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