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Jewish Community Foundation (JCF) Grant

Grants to Southern New Jersey Nonprofits and Synagogues to
Benefit the Local Jewish and General Community

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Foundation / Corporation

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Jewish Community Foundation (JCF)

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Deadline Date:

03/28/18 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $3,600 to Southern New Jersey Jewish nonprofit organizations, synagogues, Jewish day schools, and secular nonprofits for new and innovative programs and services that benefit both Jewish and general community residents, particularly in Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester Counties.

Typical grant awards fall under the following guidelines:

- New and Innovative Programs: This type of proposal is the JCF’s top priority. Your organization may apply if you are looking to try out a new program and need seed funding to get off the ground.
- Expansion of Existing Programs: Secondly, if your organization has an existing program that is built into your budget, but intends to expand it in new directions, you are welcome to apply.
- Emerging Critical Needs: Lastly, if your organization is seeing critical issues arising in the community that need to be addressed, you may apply.

Note: The above areas of funding are intentionally broad. The Foundation wants to allow organizations to be creative but also have some framework to start with.

The JCF prefers to fund programs that meet the following additional criteria:

- Locally-Based: In most cases, aims to fund programs that will take place in the Southern New Jersey area, particularly Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester Counties. Note that your organization need not be based in Southern New Jersey.
- Promoting Jewish Values: While JCF-funded programs do not need to serve exclusively Jewish participants, JCF asks that the programs they fund promote Jewish values. Broadly speaking, this means that programs should be inclusive, committed to social and economic equality, and providing tikkun olam (healing the world).
- “Bang for the Buck”: All things being equal, the JCF would prefer to fund programs that impact a larger group rather than a few individuals.
- Ongoing Programs: JCF generally prefers to fund ongoing, sustainable programs, rather than events that are held only once.
- Collaborative Initiatives: The JCF generally looks favorably on Grant requests where two or more organizations can collaborate to launch a program and meet both organizations’ goals.
- Federation Mission and Priorities: The JCF aims to support programs that align with Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey’s Mission and ongoing priorities.

The bulk of the JCF’s Grant dollars comes from the JCF’s Community Endowment Fund. In addition, several
donors have established their own endowment funds to provide Grants, with their own criteria. Below
are the criteria for each Grants fund:

- The Fannie and Meyer Adleman Family Endowment Fund: Grant proposals from this fund should focus upon new programs and activities that provide seniors with better health and well-being.
- The Bush Refrigeration Endowment Fund: Grant proposals from this fund should focus on programs and services that meet either of two priorities: 1.) to enhance the lives of children in the city of Camden, NJ, or 2.) to enhance Jewish life in Camden County.
- Glenn Cohen Memorial Music Award: Grant proposals will be used to engage, educate, develop or enhance current or proposed musical or instrumental programs for children or young adults up to 18 years old.
- Larry Lerner Memorial Endowment Fund: Grant proposals from this fund should focus upon assisting youth, with an emphasis on substance abuse prevention.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177995

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each JCF Grant award is limited to $3,600. Any organization may apply for and potentially be approved for more than one Grant per cycle.

Term of Contract:

Funded programs can begin after July 1, 2018. Spring Grant awardees have approximately a year-and-a-half to fulfill their grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are awarded to Southern New Jersey Jewish nonprofit organizations, synagogues, Jewish day schools, and secular nonprofits.

Organizations that meet the following requirements are eligible to apply for JCF Grants:

- IRS-qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofits or incorporated synagogues/churches that may not have a 501(c)(3) designation
- Organizations must be in existence for at least one year
- For organizations that are “new” to the JCF, you may be asked for more information, such as the most recent IRS Form 990, a list of the organization’s Board members, or a copy of a tax exempt form.


Grants are not intended to supplement or duplicate existing funding or ongoing operating budgets of an organization or programs and services presently in existence.

Here are elements of your program’s budget JCF generally avoids funding:

- Program activities, capital needs, salaries, or any other purpose, that are already included in the budget of your organization, or which will be starting before being approved for a JCF Grant
- Food, unless it is for college-age or needy populations
- Sponsorships for fundraising events

Pre-proposal Conference:

Join the JCF for a Free Grants Workshop (attendance is optional but encouraged):

Representatives from organizations who are planning to apply to the JCF's Grants Cycle are invited to take part in a Grants Workshop for tips, guidelines, and Q & A.

The Spring Grants Workshop will be held on Wednesday, January 31st at 9:00 AM at the Jewish Community Campus, Cherry Hill, NJ.

To RSVP or if you have questions, please see the Contact Information section below.

The workshop is intended for any prospective applicant to learn more about the process and discuss any questions you may have about your grant proposal.

Pre-Application Information:

These grants are awarded twice annually, during the Foundation's Fall and Spring JCF Grants cycles.

Click on the links in the Supporting Documents section below to download the JCF Grant Program Guidelines and Application Form and Application Instructions.

​The Spring JCF Grants Calendar:

Spring Grants Workshop: January 31, 2018 9:00 AM, JFed Board Rm.
Application deadline: March 28, 2018, 5:00 PM
Grant Announcements: Approx. June 1, 2018
Funded programs can begin after July 1, 2017.
Reimbursement deadline is Friday, November 29, 2019.

Your organization may receive other outside income in relation to your JCFfunded program, however, JCF Grants are considered “last money in” so that if your organization profits from the program, you will not be reimbursed for expenses. The aim is to make your organization whole, or as close to it as possible, after paying for program expenses.

Contact Information:

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

Please send completed applications to the JCF Grants Committee:

To register for the conference call 856-673-2528 or email the above address.

Mike Staff, JCF Marketing and Communications Manager

1301 Springdale Road, Suite 200
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003-2761

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey: Southern New Jersey area, particularly Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester Counties