Jewish Legacy Awards

In acknowledgement of the history and legacy of Mount Zion Hospital, MZHF’s Jewish Legacy grants support San Francisco community-based agencies which share Jewish roots and facilitate the provision of health-related services to meet the needs of underserved populations in San Francisco.

    Requests submitted to MZHF within this category are evaluated based on the following priorities:

  • Explicitly benefits underserved communities.
  • Based at or in partnership with the UCSF Mount Zion Campus, or shares Jewish roots.
  • Embodies one or more of MZHF’s core Jewish values.
  • Addresses a compelling San Francisco or UCSF Mount Zion health priority.
  • Potential impact of the project is significant.
  • Team can successfully complete the project on time/budget.
  • Applicant can articulate plan for financial sustainability of project beyond the grant period.
    Additional information:

  • Request should be program-specific
  • Core operating support or innovative program requests are both acceptable
  • To receive funding, a proposal must include a plan for evaluation with quantitative as well as qualitative outcomes measures
  • Grant may be renewable based on reporting requirements fulfilled and board review
  • The review process is competitive – not all requests will be funded
  • Awardees are required to submit a final report within 1-2 months of the grant period end date which must include data/metrics addressing whether or not the project goals were met. This reporting should be sufficient to determine the benefits derived from the funding (e.g., client satisfaction survey results; data on numbers of clients served).

Guidelines update as of 2020 application cycle: all eligible community-based organizations may submit up to two programmatic proposals per annual funding cycle to MZHF’s community-oriented funding categories, provided the proposals are from different project leaders and for different projects. For example: 1) submit two proposals within Jewish Legacy; 2) submit two proposals within MZ Campus-Community Partnerships; or 3) submit one proposal each within Jewish Legacy and MZ Campus-Community Partnerships. Note: while all applications are evaluated on their individual merits, the board’s intention to distribute its limited funds across a variety of programs and agencies means that a community organization may have a greater challenge obtaining an approval of a second proposal if there are proposals from other organizations of comparable merit.

The next submission deadline for Jewish Legacy Awards is September 10, 2020.

An overview of the application form content is here.

To apply for a Jewish Legacy Award please access an existing online account or open a new account here.

MZHF will not consider grants for the personal benefit of individuals, for endowments, annual appeals, membership drives, or fundraising events, or for the reduction of operating deficits. The above guidelines apply to the general and specific funds that grant discretion to MZHF’s Board of Directors. Additional limitations and guidelines govern expenditures from restricted and advised funds. Capital requests and non-UCSF Mount Zion-related research requests are discouraged.