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Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award

Awards to USA Jewish Youth to Recognize
Outstanding Leadership in Volunteer Service

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Helen Diller Family Foundation

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Awards of $36,000 to USA Jewish teenagers (ages 13-19) to recognize outstanding leadership in community service. The award will focus on the candidate’s work with regards to a single volunteer project. This program does not require the project to be targeted at the Jewish community. The deadline to submit a nomination is December 18, 2017.

The purpose of this award is to recognize teen leaders who show a significant initiative and leadership in creating and leading a new initiative or have considerably deepened or expanded an existing project that embodies the values of “Tikkun Olam,” repairing the world.

Projects may have any focus, from raising money, to collecting in-kind items, to hands-on interactions, to larger systemic-change initiatives. Projects can have a local, national, or global focus benefiting the Jewish or general community. Applicants can create a new project or contribute to an established initiative if they demonstrate a significant leadership role in an existing organization or project.

-Proven commitment to the value and practice of Tikkun Olam
-Demonstration of vision and creativity
-Effective development and implementation of a project or organization
-Dedication to the project over time
-Ability to impact a growing number of individuals and/or engage a growing number of individuals in the project, either as partners, participants or beneficiaries
-Ability to articulate in her/his own words the history, meaning, and significance of the project, it’s goals, impact and potential to engage others

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177330

Estimated Size of Grant:

The $36,000 award may be used to further the recipients’ philanthropic work or education.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All candidates must be:
-Serving in a leadership role on a project aimed at repairing the world
-Volunteering without any compensation
-Between ages 13-19 at nomination
-Residents of the United States
-Self-identified as Jewish

Note: Teens who have created and co-led projects with others are welcome to apply individually for the Tikkun Olam Award. In such cases, each applicant will be considered and evaluated separately, and no more than one applicant will be chosen as an award recipient.

Note: Teens are not eligible for the Award if they have a sibling who has received a Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award in the preceding five years.

Pre-Application Information:

-To nominate: December 18, 2017
-To apply and to submit references: January 8, 2018

Whether applying directly or accepting a nomination, all candidates must fill out an online application form focused on their volunteer leadership efforts.

All candidates must have two recommendations submitted on their behalf. A nomination counts as a recommendation, so nominated teens need only submit one additional recommendation.

Any non-family member may submit a recommendation. Ideal references are people who know the candidate and project well and can speak about both.

All applicants will be notified of the results of the 2018 Awards in late June.


Contact Information:

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

Nominate online by December 18, 2017:

Nominees must apply online by January 8, 2018:

Recommendation Form:

For questions, please contact:
Lindsay Merbaum, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator
(415) 512-6438

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