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Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix Competitive Grants

Grants to Greater Phoenix, Arizona and Israel Nonprofits
for Programs that Benefit Community Residents

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Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix

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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 (and occasionally more) to nonprofit organizations that are working to make a significant, positive difference in the Greater Phoenix, Arizona community and in Israel. Applicants must contact staff prior to submitting an LOI. Grants are made in two categories: Local Grants and Israel Grants (as outlined below).

Local Grants (for proposals in the Greater Phoenix Community):

The Funding Source’s primary focus is supporting those organizations and programs serving the Greater Phoenix Jewish community, including (but not limited to) community centers, religious and educational institutions, and social service providers.

The Jewish Community Foundation will consider local letters of intent in the following categories:

- New or existing programs – Programs designed to address unmet needs in the Jewish community. Preference will be given to innovative programs that offer a unique approach to enhancing the Jewish community. To qualify for funding, existing programs must be highly functioning and address otherwise unmet community needs.
- One-time endeavors – Initiatives that offer the Jewish community both immediate benefits and the potential for long-term enrichment (e.g. seminars, community-wide events, informational exhibits).
- Program expansion – Requests from well-established programs will be considered if the request reflects a significant new component to the project.
- Capacity building – Defined as improving the overall performance, effectiveness, and financial sustainability of local Jewish organizations.

The JCF encourages collaboration between local Jewish agencies and prioritizes funds for the following:

- Interfaith responses to community needs/issues designed to strengthen community relations and foster collaboration.
- Jewish Education.
- Research projects that improve the quality of Jewish life.
- Resettlement aid and assistance services to Jewish refugees in Greater Phoenix or Israel.
- Social service needs, including (but not limited to) health, welfare, and education.
- Strengthening and increasing exposure to Jewish culture.
- Training opportunities in the fields of health, education, science, humanitarian aid, culture and community relations that would have demonstrable value for the Jewish community.

Israel Grants (for proposals Benefiting Israel and Other Jewish Communities Nationally and Abroad):

The Jewish Community Foundation will consider letters of intent for Israel Grants in the following categories:

- Programs and services that aim to improve the lives of vulnerable families and individuals in Israel by providing them with the tools needed to become self-reliant and break the cycle of poverty.

Examples of eligible programs include vocational training or education with accompanying social supports for individuals to obtain and maintain gainful employment; financial literacy and life skills, micro-lending and entrepreneurial efforts. Programs must fall under the categories described under grants serving Greater Phoenix. Programs that exclusively serve individuals with special needs are not eligible.

- Programs that specifically aim to improve relations between Jews and Arabs in Israel.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175852

Estimated Size of Grant:

A typical grant ranges from $5,000 to $20,000. Grants above $20,000 may occasionally be awarded, but larger allocations generally are reserved for programs that will become an ongoing part of an organization’s work. Letters of Intent requesting $25,000 or more will not be accepted without Foundation approval at least three weeks before submission of the Letter of Intent.

Term of Contract:

All programs must start March 2019 or later.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Local Grant Eligibility:
Applicants in the USA must have 501(c)(3) status.

Israel Grant Eligibility:
The Jewish Community Foundation will only accept proposals from Israeli organizations that:

- Foundation staff, Jewish communal colleagues, board or grants committee members have volunteered with, visited or have first-hand knowledge of OR prior grant recipients that have satisfactorily fulfilled reporting requirements; and
- Have received certified proper management (“nihul takin”) from the Israeli Registrar of Non Profit Organizations; and
- Are in good standing with a US-based 501(c)(3) charitable organization that will serve as the fiscal agent.

What the Foundation does NOT Fund:

- Organizations that are not recognized as registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit entities
- International organizations that are not in good standing with a US-based 501(c)(3) fiscal agent
- Multi-year grant requests, with the exception of year two funding as described under new programs
- General operating support
- Capital, endowment, ongoing or other fundraising campaigns
- Equipment purchase to replace or upgrade equipment for an existing program/service/office
- Donor, staff or volunteer recognition events
- Grants to individuals
- Projects in their entirety
- Proposals from organizations that do not follow our application procedures
- Renewed support to past grantees that have not met our reporting requirements

Pre-Application Information:

The Jewish Community Foundation conducts one regular grant cycle each year. There is a two-step application process for grants.

STEP ONE: Letter of Intent – New LOI Deadline – October 4, 2018
Any organization applying for a grant must first submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) via the Foundation’s online portal, following the Foundation’s instructions. The LOI is an informational proposal that allows the Foundation to determine basic eligibility and compliance with our funding priorities.

To be eligible for consideration during the 2019 grant cycle, your LOI must be received no later than October 4, 2018, and must be submitted via the Foundation’s new online portal. LOIs no longer will be accepted in person, by mail, email, fax, or any means other than the online portal.

**Please contact the Jewish Community Foundation prior to the LOI due date BEFORE submitting a Letter of Intent. Please do NOT wait until the last minute to contact JCF. If you are new to JCF, you must call at least three weeks prior to the LOI deadline.**

STEP TWO: Submission of Full Application
If the Foundation approves your LOI, your organization will be invited to submit a full grant application. Because the demand for Foundation support often exceeds our available grant dollars, an invitation to submit a full grant application does not guarantee that JCF will award funding.

Important Dates:
Letter of Intent Deadline: October 4, 2018
LOI Decisions Announced: By November 30, 2018
Application Deadline (if invited to apply): December 18, 2018 at noon Arizona time
Presentations to the Foundation: Late January/early February 2019
Grant Decisions Announced: March 2019

Click here for information on how to apply:

Learn more about competitive grants awarded in recent JCF grant cycles:

Contact Information:

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

Click here to begin your LOI by starting your online account:

If you are uncertain about your eligibility, please contact Sheryl Quen at or at (480) 699-1717.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona: Greater Phoenix Area