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The 2018 Covenant Grants

Grants to USA and Canada Jewish Education-Related Institutions, Agencies,
and Nonprofits to Develop New Approaches to Jewish Education

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Covenant Foundation

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Deadline Date:

07/10/18 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to USA and Canada Jewish education-related institutions, agencies, and nonprofit organizations to assist educators in developing and implementing new and innovative approaches to Jewish education that are financially sound as well as adaptable in other settings. Funding may also be awarded for projects whose purpose is to disseminate particularly effective existing programs.

There are two Covenant Grant categories, Ignition and Signature Grants. Ignition Grants are designed to explore new, untested ideas or to determine how established practices can become even more effective. An Ignition Grant is appropriate for an exciting idea that is not yet ready for a multi-year Signature Grant, perhaps because it is still in the planning stage or because the organization needs time to develop necessary capacity and expertise. Any organization that receives an Ignition Grant may apply for a Covenant Signature Grant after submission of the final report.

Selection Criteria:

All proposals will be assessed by The Covenant Foundation Selection Committee for the significance of the issues addressed; potential contribution to the field; the importance and clarity of their educational objectives; the quality of the proposed program; and the feasibility of its implementation. The Committee will also discuss expected short and long-term outcomes of the project. Additionally, the Committee will consider the extent to which the program will benefit other groups beyond those immediately served and whether there are any plans for dissemination.

The Committee seeks to know how the program will be funded after the grant period ends, if it is to continue. Grants are generally not eligible for renewal at the end of the grant cycle.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168592

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants for Covenant Ignition Grants may request up to $20,000 for one year.

Typically Covenant Signature Grants do not exceed $150,000, with generally no more than $50,000 per year for up to three years.

There is no minimum dollar amount associated with a Covenant Grant.

Term of Contract:

Typically Covenant Signature Grants are provided for up to three years. An Ignition Grant is appropriate for an exciting idea that is not yet ready for a multi-year Signature Grant. As such, applicants for Covenant Ignition Grants may request funding for one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


Any institutions, agencies, or organizations involved in the field of Jewish education (i.e. day schools, congregational schools, central agencies of Jewish education, Jewish community centers, summer camps, or museums) are eligible. Only a tax-exempt, non-profit organization may serve as the sponsoring organization of a Covenant Grant.

The Covenant Foundation only funds programming in North America.

Covenant Grants will not be made to support feasibility studies, assessment studies, or basic research in Jewish education. Nor will The Covenant Foundation contribute to capital expansion projects, student scholarships, or ongoing operating support.

Organizations may only submit one grant application per cycle.

Organizations must use the budget estimate templates provided by the Foundation for Ignition and Signature Grants at the Letter of Inquiry and the Full Proposal stage.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Process:

The application process for Covenant Grants is composed of two parts. First, applicants should submit a brief Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and background information about the sponsoring organization. Letters of Inquiry must be received by Thursday, February 22, 2018, by 5:00 p.m. E.S.T. The Covenant Foundation Grants Selection Committee will then review all Letters of Inquiry.

Note: Although there are two Covenant Grant categories, Ignition and Signature, applicants should submit only one Letter of Inquiry in only one grant category in any given year.

By the end of May 2018, the Committee will invite those applicants whose letters are judged to be most promising to submit Full Proposals. The Foundation must receive these proposals, the second part of the application process, no later than Tuesday, July 10, 2018, by 5:00 p.m. E.S.T. The Committee will also notify applicants not invited to submit Full Proposals by the end of May 2018. The Foundation will notify all those who submitted Full Proposals of the outcome of the Selection Committee’s deliberations in late December 2018.

Project Director:

The role of the Project Director is pivotal to the success of the grant. Each proposal must identify a Project Director who will supervise all aspects of the project throughout the grant period. The Foundation makes a special investment in each Project Director by providing professional development and support. Every cohort of Project Directors is a community of colleagues. Signature Grant Project Directors should be prepared to attend a two-day meeting of Project Directors in February 2019 and each February thereafter for the duration of the grant. Project Directors for all grants should expect to communicate with The Covenant Foundation throughout the grant period.

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LOI Instructions:
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Contact Information:

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

Complete the LOI Application Form:

Staff Contacts:

Harlene Winnick Appelman
Executive Director

Milana Isakova
Grants Administrator

General Contact information:

2018 Grants Selection Committee
The Covenant Foundation
1270 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 304
New York, NY 10020-1702

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon