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PROPEL Innovation Grants

Grants to Georgia Organizations, Entrepreneurs, Synagogues, and
Start-ups for Projects that Benefit Atlanta's Jewish Community

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Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta

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Grants ranging from $15,000 to $40,000 to Georgia organizations, entrepreneurs, synagogues, and start-ups for creative initiatives and projects that will serve Atlanta's Jewish community. Funding is intended to build a stronger and more unified community by promoting the ideas, technologies, and innovations that drive Jewish Atlanta forward, and by elevating those organizations and ideas that address the needs of the community. PROPEL provides funds, as well as strategic and infrastructure support. The project should be for the benefit of the Greater Atlanta Jewish community.

The Fund is seeking to create places and spaces for innovation to flourish and, in addition to providing funds, will help ideas grow through mentorship and numerous capacity building opportunities. Applications for independent or collaborative ideas are welcome.

Applications will be evaluated by an independent committee of innovation experts based on a number of selection criteria. Overall, a successful applicant will clearly outline how their idea can lead significant long-term and large-scale systematic change in Jewish Atlanta, and will successfully communicate these aspects:
- Passion and Purpose: Demonstrate conviction and passion for your issue or community of focus,and present your lifelong commitment to social impact.
- Innovation: Explain how innovation is at the core of your project’s outlook; outline how and why your approach has not been tried before and illustrate with examples and data how your approach to solving this issue or need differs from other existing approaches or organizations. If applicable, provide a clear analysis of why others haven’t succeeded in addressing the issue.
- Leadership: Show how you are constantly exploring ways to be an effective leader, and how to unite others behind your vision. If your project is a collaboration, demonstrate the centrality of partnership in your work.
- Areas of Need/Importance: Show that your project is addressing an important issue, and provide quantitative evidence on why the issue is timely and must be resolved now.
- Impact and Metrics: Explain how your project will bring about considerable change for a particular community, illustrate very clear measures of success (quantitative if appropriate) to provide a compelling case for impact in the short and long term.
- Sustainability: Provide well-thought out budget and funding plans, including long-term and short-term funding and goals.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164717

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

The Fund anticipates awarding between 8 and 10 PROPEL grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Grants will range between $15,000-$40,000.
- To inspire projects with a transformative impact, the average project funded will request $25K. Some smaller or experimental projects will be funded with $15k, and outstanding projects with high transformative, large-scale impact will receive $40K.

Term of Contract:

The grant year begins on July 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any applying organization must have registered 501(c)3 status.

Applications are welcomed from current partners, synagogues, start-ups, and dreamers. Both entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs are encouraged to apply.

Whether you are a start-up, national organization looking to bring your program to metro Atlanta, or a legacy institution exploring new ways to invigorate your work – new solutions to age-old problems can arise in an entrepreneurial setting, but also within existing organizations.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for applying is March 22, 2019.

To be considered for a grant, applicants must be available for an in-person interview and presentation with the selection committee on April 29, 2019. Applicants must also be available by phone to answer any clarification questions regarding the application between March 25 – April 5.

- February 22, 2019: Grant Applications due
- March 22: Applications close
- March 25 - April 18: Review
- April 19: Finalist notification
- April 29: Interview Day; Finalist presentation before Selection Committee
- May 27: Awardees notified
- July 1: Funds awarded & Grant Year begins
- July and August: Strategy Sessions Federation and Recipient Organization
- Sept 2019: 90-day progress report due
- November 2019: Check-in/Strategy Session
- December 31, 2019: Mid-year progress report due
- Feb. 2020: Check-in/Strategy Session
- June 28, 2020: Final Reports due

If you have received an Innovation Grant before, clearly outline how your current project has developed from the project you have received funding for. If you are a BLOOM recipient, you can apply for the same project you received BLOOM funding for, but please explain your learning and evolution of the project. If you have specific questions regarding this point, please reach out to program staff.

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Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta
The Selig Center
1440 Spring Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Georgia: Atlanta