Eligibility

The Kathryn Ames Foundation


For the grant and letter of inquiry guidelines in PDF or Microsoft Word format please click below.

  • Organization must work for charitable purposes in Israel
  • Organization must be operated so that it does not discriminate in the provision of services based upon race, religious affiliation, or ethnic or national origin
  • Organization must have an exempt status under 501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code

Areas of Interest

  • Social and Economic Welfare
  • Religious and Ethnic Pluralism
  • Social Justice
  • Education

Grant/Funding Type NOT Funded


  • Individuals
  • Special Events/Benefit dinners
  • Advertising/Publications
  • Impermissible lobbying, legislative or political activities

Size and duration of grant

The average grant is between $5,000 and $15,000.  Grants are usually awarded on a one-time basis.  Grantees should not assume that approval of grant implies commitment to ongoing future support.

All applicants are required to submit a letter of inquiry before submitting a full grant application. Before applying for a grant, applicants should carefully review the Foundation's guidelines.  Once you have determined that your organization or project fits within the guidelines, a brief letter of inquiry should be submitted to the Foundation describing the program for which the funds are being requested.  The letter, not to exceed two pages, should be submitted via email to info@kathrynames.org or by mail to Kathryn Ames Foundation, 305 W. Chesapeake Avenue, Suite 308, Towson, Maryland 21204.

The letter of inquiry should include the following:

  • Name and brief description of your organization
  • The purpose of the grant, including a description of proposed activity
  • The timeframe for program or project for which the funding is requested
  • The geographic area, demographics of population, and number of individuals to be served by the program or project for which funding is requested
  • the grant amount requested
  • an estimate of the total cost of the program or project
  • Totals of your organization's income and expenses from your organization's most recent fiscal year
  • Contact name and title, phone number, email address


All letters of inquiry are reviewed by Foundation board and staff. Applicants will be notified by email or letter whether they are requested so submit a full proposal.  Responses to letters of inquiry typically will be made within thirty days from the date received.

Letter of Inquiry


There is no deadline for the submission of letters of inquiry

If it is determined from the letter of inquiry that the proposed project may meet the Foundations's priorities and interest, then the applicant will be permitted to submit a full grant application, a copy of which is available below.  Regrettably, the availability of grant funds permits a favorable response to only a limited number of requests.  Since the Foundation requests more proposals than it can fund, a decision to permit your organization to submit a full grant application should not be interpreted as an indication of likely support.  Lack of approval bears no reflection on the worthiness and merit of the proposal and organization submitting the request.

For the application in PDF or Microsoft Word format please click below.