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Jewish Community Foundation (JCF) Grant

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

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Jewish Community Foundation (JCF)

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Deadline Date:

10/19/18 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $3,600 to Southern New Jersey Jewish nonprofit organizations, synagogues, Jewish day schools, and secular nonprofit organizations for innovative programs and services that benefit both Jewish and general community residents. Funding is intended to help launch new programs, expand existing programs, and address emerging critical needs, 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. Organizations may apply if they are looking to try out a new program and need seed funding to get off the ground.
- Expansion of Existing Programs: Secondly, organizations that have an existing program that is built into their budget, but they intend to expand it in new directions, are welcome to apply.
- Emerging Critical Needs: Lastly, organizations that see critical issues arising in the community that need to be addressed, may apply for funding.

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 the applicant 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 the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey’s Mission and ongoing priorities.

Grants Endowment Funds:

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, each with their own criteria.

JCF Community Fund (default fund for most JCF Grants)

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. Funding may be applied to activities such as, but not limited to, the following:
- Recreational, instructional or programmatic musical events or education,
- Purchasing or leasing musical instruments for individual students or associated with an eligible non-profit organization,
- Professional training for staff associated with musical programs such as music teachers or other educators that wish to develop or enhance a music program,
- Scholarship assistance for those individuals who may wish to attend a program, camp or other activity that requires financial assistance,
- Conductors or musical leaders to grow, develop or enhance musical performances including plays or choirs for local area children,
- Lectures, authors or noteworthy musicians that will inspire students about the joys of music in their lives.

The Fund will provide grants for programs and activities related to music appreciation, performances or the development of music instructional programs at any of the local Federation agencies, synagogues in the Tri-county area or the Jewish Day Schools or secular 501(c)(3) organizations.

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:

The JCF provides funding of up to $3,600 for each grant application that is approved.

Term of Contract:

Each program is eligible to receive funding over the course of up to three cycles (usually once per year for three years), with a new application required for each cycle.

Fall Grant awardees have approximately one year to fulfill their grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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
- Organizations that are “new” to the JCF 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.

The JCF generally avoids funding:

- Program activities, capital needs, salaries, or any other purpose, that are already included in the budget of an 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:

Representatives from organizations who are planning to apply to the JCF's Grants Cycle are invited to take part in a free Grants Workshop for tips, guidelines, and Q & A. The workshop is intended for prospective applicants to learn more about the process and discuss any questions they may have about the grant proposal. Attendance is optional but encouraged. To RSVP or for questions, applicants should contact the office by phone or email (see Contact Information below).

The 2018 Fall Grants Workshop will be held on Wednesday, Sept 5, 2018.

Pre-Application Information:

Fall Grants Workshop: Wed., Sept 5, 2018 9:00 AM Social Hall - JCC
Fall Grants Cycle Deadline: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018 4:00 PM
Grant Announcements: Approx. Dec. 1, 2018
Funded Programs: Can begin after Jan. 1, 2019
September 30, 2019: Deadline to spend awarded funds
Reimbursement Deadline: Fri., Nov. 29, 2019 4:00 PM

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

Applicants can apply for funding for more than one program per cycle.

For any questions, concerns, or feedback on the application document, applicants should contact Mike Staff.

Completed applications should be emailed to the JCF Grants Committee office.

Important Notes:

- Upon emailing the application, the applicant will receive an automated confirmation response, and/or a personalized response within two business days. Applications must be emailed only to and not to any other JCF email addresses.
- The JCF's Grants Committee will review all applications, and the JCF will be in touch with the applicants as soon as a decision is made on each one. This process may take 6-8 weeks in total.

An organization may receive other outside income in relation to the JCFfunded program. However, JCF Grants are considered “last money in” so that if the organization profits from the program, it will not be reimbursed for expenses. The aim is to make an 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.

Applicants are requested to submit the application by sending it to the Foundation's email listed below.

For questions, contact:

Mike Staff, JCF Marketing and Communications Manager

To register for the grants workshop, applicants should email the Foundation or phone 856-673-2528.

Those who are unable to email their application for whatever reason should contact the JCF Grants Committee.

Jewish Community Foundation Inc.
1301 Springdale Rd., Suite 200
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003-2761
856-673-2582 (phone)
1-866-322-7181 (fax)

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Geographic Focus:

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