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Grants to California Nonprofits for New Initiatives to Benefit the Jewish Community

Cutting Edge Grants 2.0


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Geographic Focus
USA: California: Los Angeles

Important Dates
Deadline: 04/26/23 - Grantseekers Mandatory Workshop date. Save

Grant Description
Grants to California nonprofit organizations for projects and programs that will have a significant, positive impact on the local Jewish community in eligible regions. Grantseekers must attend a workshop in order to apply for the grant. Funding areas of interest include health and well-being, reaching diverse audiences, and combatting antisemitism. Eligible projects have the potential to transform a specific field within the Los Angeles Jewish community.

Applications are encouraged in the following areas:

  • Combatting Antisemitism
    • Fighting hostility, prejudice or stereotypes toward the Jewish community
    • Inter and intra-group dialogue
    • Educational programs
  • Health & Wellbeing
    • Mental health education, prevention, and services
    • Promoting personal and spiritual wellbeing through Jewish culture and values
    • Advancing economic equity, financial stability and/or access to essential resources (e.g. vocational support, legal aid, financial literacy, career coaching, and more).
  • Reaching Diverse Audiences
    • Engaging diverse audiences including, but not limited to Jews of Color, Latin-Jews, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, Mizrahi, Sephardic, Russian-speaking Jews, and more.

*While grants are not limited to the above areas, the focus area will be a factor evaluated as part of the grants criteria. 

Program Category Eligibility Criteria:

  • New Model: A program that has not been previously tested in any location that is designed for the LA Jewish community, based on a thorough needs assessment. 
  • LA Adaptation: A program operating elsewhere in the United States that is suitable for replication or adaptation and sustainability in the LA Jewish community. For national organizations not based in LA, it is required that 50% or more of the staff person’s time to be focused on the LA program.
  • Scale Up: A cutting edge program that has operated on a small scale in Los Angeles, proven to be viable and is proposed for community-wide implementation in the L.A. Jewish community.
  • Collaboration: A partnership between organizations otherwise working independently who are seeking to achieve a unified mission by developing a new program to reach a greater audience and/or provide more comprehensive resources to its current constituents.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicant is a local or national 501c3 nonprofit or has a qualified 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor
• Applicant may apply as a collaborative (synagogues and day schools are only eligible under this category, and must be a collaborative of at least three)
• Organizations must be serving Los Angeles County.

Organizations exclusively serving Long Beach or the San Gabriel Valley are not eligible.

Grants not made to:
- Organizations with operating budgets of less than $500,000 that have an open Reimagine Grant
- 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:
- Programs based on travel
- Building/renovation projects
- Research programs
- Programs not proposed for implementation or expansion in L.A.
- Films and documentaries
- Virtual programs that are not targeted to an LA constituent base.
- Social media campaigns that do not offer a program/service targeted to LA

Pre-Proposal Conference
Attend the Grantseekers’ Workshop on Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at 10 AM. After attending the workshop, organizations are welcome to attend office hours and submit an application.

Register for the workshop:

Pre-Application Information
General Timeline:
- April 2023: Grantseekers’ Workshop
- June 2023: Applications Due
- Early September 2023: First level screening complete; organizations notified whether they advance to the next stage
- October 2023: Finalist grant presentations
- October/November 2023: Final approval and notification of awards

Estimated Size of Grant
Grants range from $100,000 - $300,000 total, distributed over a two to three-year period.

Term of Contract
Two to three-year period.

Contact Information
For questions, please contact Program Officer Charlotte Friedman at

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

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