Jewish Federation plays a critical role as a provider of consistent, predictable funding for our 28 local partner agencies. Throughout the community consultations that led to the development of our 2020 Strategic Priorities, stakeholders asked for a wider variety of funding options and more flexible opportunities to access funding outside of the Annual Campaign allocations process. In addition to allocations from the Annual Campaign, our partners can now receive funding from multiple sources, including new grant programs and special project funding.
These grants enable community organizations to address security issues that have been identified through security audits. Priority was given to those organizations that leveraged their grants by also applying for the federal government’s Security Infrastructure Program.
Community Engagement Grants
These micro-grants support activities that engage previously unaffiliated community members. Potential grant recipients include grassroots groups and organizations that do not have formal partnership status, such as Eastside Jews and Chabad on Campus.
Inspiring Inclusion Grants
Grants support partner agencies that serve the needs of children and youth, and are designed to encourage organizations to explore and implement new ideas or programs to facilitate the inclusion of young people who live with special needs into social, recreational, cultural or religious programming.
Connect Me In Community Engagement Grants
These micro-grants are specifically directed toward unaffiliated community members or grassroots groups in the regional communities who want to pilot a program idea to increase engagement or to address an unmet need.
Supplementary School Innovation Grants
These grants are directed toward existing supplementary schools to enable them to introduce innovative ideas to increase enrolment or retain existing families in their part-time Jewish education programs.
Jewish Federation worked closely with donors to generate $380,000 in special project funding to provide support for local programs and services above and beyond the Annual Campaign allocations that our partners receive. These funds supported social services, affordable housing, innovation in Jewish education, tuition assistance at Jewish day schools, camperships, programs in the regional communities, young adult programming, services for newcomers, PJ Library and more.