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Jewish Education and Literacy Grants

Grants to Columbus, Ohio Jewish Agencies to Improve
Service Delivery and Support Community Programs

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Foundation / Corporation

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Columbus Jewish Foundation

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Grants to Columbus, Ohio Jewish community agencies for new or broadened service initiatives to meet the needs of the local Jewish community. Funding is specifically intended to assist applicants to fulfill their most compelling and vital strategic goals. Technology and capital (not operational) funding can be considered. Both regular grants and Mini-Grants of up to $2,500 are available.

Through funding, the Foundation hopes to better align the applicant’s mission and strategic goals with those of the Foundation. The Foundation looks to leverage its funding to support programs that will bring about a significant impact in the community, move an organization closer to fulfilling its mission statement, enable providers to stay ahead of the curve with service delivery and strategic planning, and/or propel grantees to take a long-term view of who and what they are.

Emphasis is placed on new service initiatives or expanded services that address unmet community needs, unmet agency needs, advance professional development, develop and/or implement new curriculum or programs, explore and/or test new Jewish learning environments, approaches, increase agency self-sufficiency, attract new clients, serve new or expanded populations, strategic planning, or maximize service delivery. Programs must have measurable goals/objectives and a realistic evaluation plan.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182795

Estimated Size of Grant:

Mini-grants are capped at $1,000 for community organizations and $2,500 for Jewish community organizations.

Term of Contract:

Certain projects may be eligible for multi-year funding, particularly if they are integral to the successful implementation of clearly defined strategic planning objectives. Multi-year grants are approved for a one-year period and may be extended for up to two additional years, subject to evaluation and review. Multi-year grants can be phased down over time at the discretion of the grant committee.

Programs must start within 18 months of grant approval date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- All organizations must be established and current under IRS Code Section 501(c)3.
- The applicant agency must be on sound financial footing.
- Applications from individuals will not be entertained.
- Foundation grants are not intended to supplement or duplicate Federation and/or United Way allocations; fund general operations; and/or support fundraising-related travel missions.
- Grants for special and unique professional development requests are only available once every five years. (If the program is offered more than once in the five year period, funding shall only be considered for staff members previously not funded within the five year period.)
- Synagogue requests must be inclusive, community-oriented, and/or collaborative projects.
- Fund raising-related travel “missions” (both domestic and overseas) will not be entertained.

Pre-Application Information:

The Jewish Education & Literacy Committee will accept proposals for new grants only during the Fall Grant Cycle. Renewal requests will be accepted for Spring Grant consideration.

2017-2018 Grant Schedule:

2017 Fall Docket:
- September 15 - 11:59 pm deadline - New grant applications; Renewal interest form
- October and November: Liason meetings
- December 6, 2017 afternoon: Notification of grant disposition

2018 Spring Docket:
- February 15 - 11:59 pm deadline - Renewal applications only
- June 6, 2018 afternoon: Notification of grant disposition

Applicants interested in renewal funding are strongly encouraged to submit a Renewal Interest Form by the September deadline.

Mini Grant applications will be accepted and reviewed on a quarterly basis:
-February 15, 2018 deadline, April 1, 2018 notification
-April 15, 2018 deadline, June 1, 2018 notification

An automated email will be sent to you from when your application is received.

Application Instructions:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

For questions, contact:
Susan Tanur, Director of Grants
Tel: 614-338-2365

Columbus Jewish Foundation
Robins Center for Philanthropy
1175 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
Fax: 614-338-2361

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio: Columbus