Foundation / Corporation
Columbus Jewish Foundation
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Grants to Columbus, Ohio nonprofit organizations for programs and activities that benefit the Jewish community. Funding is intended to support both new initiatives and the expansion of existing services in the areas of Jewish Arts, Social Justice, Community Services, and Jewish Education and Literacy.
The Columbus Jewish Foundation awards Grants and Mini Grants as follows:
- Community Grants: Grants can be awarded for a wide range of programs, including those addressing social service needs, leadership development, health and Jewish family needs, strategic planning and outreach. Grants from the Community Grants Fund mainly benefit the Columbus Jewish community, with priority given to core Jewish community agencies. Emphasis is placed on new service initiatives or expanded services that address unmet community needs, complement or improve existing community services, increase agency self-sufficiency, attract new clients, or maximize service delivery. Technology and capital funding may be considered.
- Jewish Education & Literacy: Grants may be awarded for classroom and beyond the classroom programs, including curriculum development, collaborative educational programs and strategic planning. Funding can include programs for preschool-age children through adults. Grants mainly benefit the Columbus Jewish community, with priority given to core Jewish community agencies. Emphasis is placed on new service initiatives or expanded services that address unmet community needs, unmet agency needs, advance professional development, develop and/or implement new curriculum or programs, explore and/or test new Jewish learning environments, approaches, increase agency self-sufficiency, attract new clients, serve new or expanded population, strategic planning, or maximize service delivery. Technology and capital funding may be considered.
- Jewish Arts: Grants are made to enhance greater public awareness of the Jewish arts in Central Ohio. Emphasis is on stimulating greater public appreciation for the arts in Jewish life through arts programs of high artistic merit; promoting and enhancing participation in Jewish art activities and events; or encouraging activities furthering the enjoyment, understanding and appreciation of visual, performing and/or media arts with Jewish content and/or relevance to the Jewish experience. Programs not specific to the agency’s clients (such as students) are open to the community (such as concerts, art exhibits). Eligible proposals may include dance, literature, music, theater, visual arts, Jewish historical exhibits, public performances or exhibitions, or the creation of new works.
- Social Justice: Grants from the Social Justice Fund mainly benefit the greater Columbus community, with priority given to collaborative programs and those that engage Columbus’ diversity community. Emphasis is placed on new service initiatives or expanded services that address unmet community needs and complement of improve existing community services. Grants seek to fund programs that address social injustice; provide leadership to and funding for local Jewish social action programs; advance positive relations between the local Jewish community and other groups; and educate local leaders regarding issues important to the Jewish community. Grants can be awarded for a wide range of programs, including those addressing illiteracy, tolerance, anti-Semitism, and community-bridging.
Proposals must support the agency mission, including any short-term and medium-term initiatives. Programs must have measurable goals/objectives and a strong evaluation plan.
The Foundation also accepts:
- Special and unique professional development requests
- Synagogue requests that are inclusive, community-oriented, and/or collaborative projects
- Proposals for capital (building-related) or technology funding
GrantWatch ID#: 139892
Mini Grant funding caps are as follows:
- Community Grants and Jewish Education & Literacy Grants - $1,000 for community organizations; $2,500 for Jewish community organizations
- Jewish Arts - $2,500
- Social Justice - $1,500
FY19 Available Funds
Community Grants: $82,850
Jewish Education & Literacy: $90,000
Jewish Arts: $57,000
Social Justice: $19,000
Certain projects may be eligible for multi-year funding. Multi-year grants are approved for a one-year period and may be extended for up to two additional years, subject to evaluation and review.
Project Start Dates:
- Fall applications must start January 1 or later.
- Spring applications must start July 1 or later.
Projects must end 18 months after the program start date.
- All organizations must be established and current under IRS Code Section 501(c)3.
- The applicant agency must be on sound financial footing.
- Applications from individuals will not be entertained.
- Foundation grants are not intended to supplement or duplicate Federation and/or United Way allocations; fund general operations; and/or support fundraising-related travel missions.
- Grants for special and unique professional development requests are only available once every five years. (If the program is offered more than once in the five year period, funding shall only be considered for staff members previously not funded within the five year period.)
- Synagogue requests must be inclusive, community-oriented, and/or collaborative projects.
- Proposals for capital (building-related, but not operational) or technology funding can be submitted. No applicant shall receive capital funding per site more than once every ten years (beginning with the time of the last capital grant for that site), unless there has been a catastrophic event. Because of limited available funds, synagogue capital campaign requests cannot be entertained.
Supplemental Ineligibility Criteria:
- Community Grants and Jewish Education & Literacy: General operating support is not provided.
- Jewish Arts: Requests for media productions or permanent acquisitions are strongly discouraged because of funding limitations. Capital improvements, construction or the purchase of permanent equipment or real estate are ineligible for support.
Grant committees meet semi-annually for Grants (with the exception of Community Grants, which are accepted only in the fall) and quarterly for Mini Grants to review applications. Applications are to be submitted online. The deadline dates for the 2018-2019 Grant Schedule are as follows:
2018 Fall Docket (For programs beginning January 1, 2019, or later):
- September 15 - 11:59 PM Deadline: New Grant Applications for Community Grants, Jewish Education & Literacy (JEL), Social Justice, and Jewish Arts
- September 15 - 11:59 PM Deadline: Renewal Interest Form
- October and November: Liaison meetings
- TBD: Notification of grant disposition
2019 Spring Docket (For programs beginning July 1, 2019, or later):
- February 15 - 11:59 PM Deadline: New/Renewal Grant Applications for Jewish Education & Literacy (JEL), Social Justice, and Jewish Arts
- March, April, and May: Liaison meetings
- TBD: Notification of grant disposition
Mini Grant applications will be accepted and reviewed as follows:
- September 15, 2018 deadline
- November 1, 2018 notification
- November 15, 2018 deadline
- January 1, 2019 notification
- February 15, 2019 deadline
- April 1, 2019 notification
- April 15, 2019 deadline
- June 1, 2019 notification
Interested applicants may meet with Foundation professionals to explore program ideas that are of interest to them. Applicants may phone or email Susan Tanur, Director of Grants, to discuss grant ideas. A request to review an application prior to submission can be considered if received five business days prior to the deadline date.
Collaborative requests are encouraged. Whichever organization assumes fiscal and programmatic oversight should submit the application.
Past performance, both favorable and unfavorable, on grants previously awarded by the Foundation will be considered regarding new requests.
Requests for Jewish Arts Mini Grants are limited to one grant submission per Foundation fiscal year (July 1-June 30).
Apply for a Grant: http://columbusjewishfoundation.org/applying-for-a-grant/
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
For the 2018 Fall New Grant Application portal: https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_5878?SA+SNA&FID=35014
For the 2018 Mini Grant Application portal: https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_5878?SA=SNA&FID=35009
For questions, contact:
Columbus Jewish Foundation
Robins Center for Philanthropy
1175 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
USA: Ohio: Columbus