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Metrowest Jewish Community Fund (MJCF)

Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits for Programs to
Enrich the Jewish Communities of the Metrowest Area

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

03/15/18 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations for programs and projects that enhance the vibrancy and richness of the Jewish communities in the Metrowest area. Funding is available for the following communities: Ashland, Bellingham, Dover, Framingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Maynard, Medfield, Medway, Milford, Millis, Natick, Norfolk, Sherborn, Southborough, Stow, Sudbury, and Wayland.

Funding is intended to support programs and organizations that:

- Cultivate broader and deeper Jewish engagement by maintaining and fostering stronger collaborations among current service providers;
- Foster community innovation to create solutions for tomorrow’s needs by supporting the development of new initiatives in the community;
- Enhance connections, capacity, and resiliency across our diverse community through engagement of members from the broad Metrowest community, and creating opportunities to educate and foster potential Metrowest leadership;
- Prioritize, convene, and organize strategic philanthropic ventures against explicit
outcomes by ensuring the broad allocation of resources and outcome criteria as established
by the committee.

Please note that applications from organizations outside of Metrowest or that serve a larger geographic area must specify the percentage of program participants from one or more of the Metrowest towns listed above.

Priority consideration will be given to programs that:

- Are new and innovative
- Have not been previously funded from this source
- Have the potential for community-wide impact
- Demonstrate collaboration among Jewish organizations
- Have a reasonable plan to become self-sustaining over time

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171307

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are typically funded for no more than $5,000, and the average grant is $3,000. Unique projects with the potential for significant impact may be considered for funding up to $7,500.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Committee welcomes applications from new and existing organizations.

All applicants must have 501(c)3 status or have arranged for a fiscal agent such status.

All grants must demonstrate consideration for accessibility and participation in the event for individuals with disabilities.

MJCF funds are not intended for programs that would normally be funded by organizations within their annual budgets. Nor are they to be used for capital expenses.

Pre-proposal Conference:

There will be an optional bidder’s meeting on February 8, 2018 to answer questions about completing the application.

The meeting will be held from 7 - 9pm at Jewish Family Service of Metrowest, 475 Franklin St. Framingham. Please email Molly Gondelman if you plan to attend.

Pre-Application Information:

Application should be emailed by Thursday, March 15, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. Applications should be attached to the email, preferably as a formatted word doc or pdf.

FY18 Metrowest Planning Grant Application Timeline:
-January 10, 2018 - Grant Application process opens
-February 8, 2018 – Prospective grant applicant/idea meeting
-March 15, 2018 – Grant Applications due electronically to Molly Gondelman
-June 2018 – Grant notification decisions and payment schedules to applicants
-September 2018 – Grantees to provide program schedule
-December 2018 – mid-grant report – (provided with Grant notification)
-February 2019 – grant check-in (phone call, meeting and/or written request)
-May 2019 - final grant report due to Metrowest Planning committee

Click on the links in the Supporting Documents section below to download the application and guidelines.

Contact Information:

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

Please email Molly Gondelman if you plan to attend the bidder's meeting.

Email completed applications to:

Molly Gondelman
Program Coordinator, Regional Grants

If you need assistance finding a fiscal agent, please contact:

Jodi Jarvis
Director, Families with Young Children

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts: The following communities in the Metrowest area: Ashland, Bellingham, Dover, Framingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Maynard, Medfield, Medway, Milford, Millis, Natick, Norfolk, Sherborn, Southborough, Stow, Sudbury, and Wayland