The Lois and Richard England Family Foundation has two main cycles of funding: the Spring Cycle and the Fall Cycle.
The Spring Cycle supports youth development and education in D.C., while the Fall Cycle focuses on development programs in Jewish communities worldwide.
The organization’s grants range in size between $5,000 and $50,000.
D.C. Youth Development and Education:
With a strong focus and mission to help children and youth from underprivileged communities in the Washington D.C. area, the Foundation targets a very specific age group for its funding. Its focus are middle school student enrichment programs and additional academic programs during the summer months and after school hours.
Jewish Community Life:
The England Family Foundation supports a number of initiatives both within Jewish communities both in the US and globally. It funds a diverse range of programs that focus on encourage community ties as well as better engagement with the Jewish idea of ‘Tikkun Olam’ (repairing the world). The Foundation also helps promote educational initiatives that combat anti-Semitism and establish open dialogue between the Jewish community and non-Jews. Finally, the Foundation provides funding for programs in Israel that create meaningful dialogue around the subject of democracy and peaceful relations with Arab nations in the region.
The Foundation makes a number of donations to individuals or programs that do not fall within either of its two main funding cycles. These grants are awarded at the sole discretion of the organization’s board.
Main Criteria for Funding Projects
To be eligible for a grant from the Lois and Richard England Family Foundation, organizations must be classified by the Internal Revenue Service as public charities, and tax-exempt under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Further, organizations must meet the Foundation’s current funding priorities.
The Foundation’s Trustees meet twice a year to make grant decisions. Organizations are typically notified in writing of grant decisions no later than June 30 (Spring Cycle) and December 30 (Fall Cycle).
The Foundation has previously awarded youth and education-themed grants to the following organizations and community initiatives in Washington D.C.:
College Success Foundation – DC
Columbia Heights Education Campus
Multicultural Internship Program
One World Education
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington
Latin American Youth Center
Life Pieces To Masterpieces
Chess Challenge DC
The Washington Ballet
DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative
DCAYA | DC Alliance of Youth Advocates
Fair Chance Home
The Barker Adoption Foundation
The Foundation has previously awarded Jewish community-themed grants to the following organizations and community initiatives:
In the U.S –
Avodah – Jewish Service Corps
Bend the Arc
DC Jewish Community Center
Jews United for Justice
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
American Jewish Committee
Jewish Social Services Agency
Sixth & I
In Israel –
Association for Civil Rights in Israel
Israel Religious Action Center
Israeli Arab Task Force
New Israel Fund
Economic Empowerment for Women
Israel Economic Empowerment
Jewish Social Service Agency
The Foundation’s History
The Lois and Richard England Family Foundation was founded in 1990 by Richard and Lois England, both of whom have a lifelong commitment to philanthropy and their local communities. All of the England family members, including spouses, serve on the Foundation’s board.