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Jewish Community Excellence Grants

Grants to Kentucky Nonprofits to
Promote a Vibrant Jewish Community

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence (JFHE)

Deadline Date:

09/01/18 - Deadline for all Jewish education requests


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Grants to Kentucky nonprofit organizations to foster a vibrant Jewish community in the Louisville area and throughout the state. Funding priorities include Jewish community and identity, Jewish education, Jewish senior adult services, and promoting sustainability within the Kentucky Jewish community.

Additional guidelines apply for Travel and Congregational Outreach and Engagement Grants.

Travel Funding Policy:

JHFE may fund travel for the following purposes: Continuing education/professional development

JHFE recognizes the importance of continuing education and will entertain requests to fund domestic travel related to staff development. Continuing education grants may include:
-Full registration/conference fees
-Up to 50% of domestic, coach class airfare
-Up to 50% of accommodation fees at the conference site/affiliated hotel

Educational field trips:
JHFE will entertain requests from educational organizations for funding of youth educational travel. Such travel must be directly connected to Jewish culture and/or Jewish identity. Only one educational travel grant will be considered per organization per calendar year.

Jewish overnight camp:
JHFE provides funding for Jewish overnight camp through JHFE Jewish Identity Summer Scholarships, which are administered by the Jewish Community of Louisville and based on need. Scholarship recipients will be asked to complete an evaluation as determined by JHFE.

Israel travel for youth:
JHFE supports youth travel to Israel through JHFE Jewish Identity Summer Scholarships administered by the Jewish Community of Louisville. Scholarship recipients will be asked to complete a post-trip evaluation as determined by JHFE.

Congregational Outreach and Engagement Grants:

The sustainability of local Jewish organizations is a Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence funding priority. JHFE supports strengthening synagogues through funding outreach and engagement programs. These grants support activities intended to increase current member participation and attract new members.

Congregational outreach and engagement grants will be accepted once per calendar year. Only one request will be considered per institution. Each request should outline a comprehensive approach to outreach and engagement. The request may consist of several programs targeting diverse groups, and in such cases, priorities should be indicated.

Eligible outreach/engagement programs include:
-Events encouraging synagogue participation, including Sabbath dinner programs
-Programs intended to reach interfaith families
-Jewish celebrations, including holiday dinners
-Educational holiday workshops
-Programs targeting young adults
-Jewish programs that take place outside of synagogues in an effort to reach the unaffiliated

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179433

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only tax exempt 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible to apply.

Individuals are not eligible.

JHFE does not fund international travel for professionals and clergy.

Public lectures, author forums and ongoing adult education classes (Melton, Temple Scholars) are not included for Congregational Outreach and Engagement Grants.

Pre-Application Information:

2018 Deadlines:
-January 15 (Deadline for all Jewish education requests)
-May 1
-September 1 (Deadline for congregational outreach and engagement requests)

More information about grant making may be found here:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Contact Form:

Tiffany Fabing

Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence
100 East Liberty Street , Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40202

(502) 365-3209

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Kentucky