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Grants to Los Angeles, California Nonprofits and Individuals for
New Initiatives that Benefit the Jewish Community

Cutting Edge Grant

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Foundation / Corporation

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Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles

Deadline Date:

11/27/18 - Grantseekers Workshop date.


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Grants to Los Angeles, California nonprofits and social entrepreneurs for projects and programs that will have a significant, positive impact on the local Jewish community. Grantseekers must attend a two-hour workshop in order to apply for the grant.

Program Category Eligibility Criteria
New model not previously tested: A cutting edge program that has not been previously tested in any location and that will result in a new model for the L.A. Jewish community.

This may include:
-Existing organizations that launch new programs
-Social entrepreneurs that launch new organizations and programs

-Community-wide implementation of a successfully piloted program: A cutting-edge program that has been piloted in Los Angeles, proven to be viable and is proposed for community-wide implementation in the L.A. Jewish community.
-Adaptation of a successful program for Los Angeles: A cutting-edge program operating elsewhere in the United States that may be suitable for replication or adaptation in the L.A. Jewish community (local staff person or on-the-ground partner organization required).

Proposal Evaluation Criteria:
-The program is unique in concept, design, and implementation.
-The applicant has the capacity and leadership to implement the proposed program.
-The program appears viable to implement.
-Program sustainability is likely once the grant award period is completed.
-Short-term outcomes are well articulated, achievable, and will result in meaningful impact on the Los Angeles Jewish community or a particular demographic within the community.
-The program has the potential to create long-term benefit and transformation for the Los Angeles Jewish community beyond the term of the grant period.
-The program offers an opportunity for significant visibility for The Foundation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 130669

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $250,000 over a multi-year period

Term of Contract:

The Foundation funds programs over a multi-year period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant Eligibility Criteria:
-A nonprofit organization with 501(c)3 status (exception: synagogues and Jewish day schools must apply as a consortium of at least 3)
-A social entrepreneur(s) with appropriate 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor
-A collaborative of nonprofit organizations

Grants not made to:
-Organizations with operating budgets less than $5 million that have an open Cutting Edge Grant
-Individual synagogues or day schools
-Private foundations and private non-operating foundations
-Endowment programs
-Programs that do not serve a predominantly Jewish population

Grants not made for:
-Operational support
-Capacity building
-Programs based on travel
-Program Expansion
-Building/renovation projects
-Research programs
-Programs not proposed for implementation in L.A.
-Film/documentary/web-based projects

Pre-proposal Conference:

Attend the Grantseekers Workshop on Tuesday, November 27, 2018.

Steps to attend the workshop:
1. Review Eligibility Criteria below to determine if your program meets the criteria
2. Submit the following information to the email address supplied in Contact Information (limit your responses to no more than 3 sentences per bullet below):
-Brief description of your organization with link to website, if applicable.
-Brief description of your proposed program.
-Brief description of how your proposed program is cutting edge and what differentiates it from other similar programs.
3. Complete a Workshop registration form (a staff member will be in touch to provide you with this form)

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants will learn how to apply for the grant at the workshop on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. Please follow the instructions above in Pre-proposal Conference on how to register for the workshop.

The Cutting Edge Grant selection process spans a 9-month period. Awards are generally announced in July of each year with first payments processed in September.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For questions, please contact:
Naomi Strong, Senior Program Officer

Jewish Community Foundation
6505 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1200
Los Angeles, California 90048
Phone: 323-761-8700

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