Jewish Community Grants


Our local community has many opportunities to experience Judaism because the region has a vibrant and active Jewish life. We want to assist individuals and organizations in making such opportunities available. Whether it’s a large concert featuring Israeli singers or a celebration of women in the rabbinate, we aim to encourage programs that are relevant, innovative, and engaging.

Jewish Community grants stimulate the community to create meaningful and impactful programs that will enrich the Jewish community.
 

Who qualifies?

  • Programs must be held in Western Massachusetts (Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties) or Southern Vermont (Bennington and Windham counties).
  • Applications may be submitted by organizations or individuals, such as artists, educators, project organizers, and volunteers.
  • Organizations must be charitable organizations exempt from federal income tax further classified as a 509 (a)(1) or 509(a)(2).

What type of proposals are considered?

Proposals must describe how a program brings meaning and impact to a community. Priority is given to proposals that
  • Connect individuals and families who are under-engaged in the Jewish community
  • Are designed and executed collaboratively by multiple organizations/individuals in order to share resources, maximize publicity, and reach a diverse constituency
If applying for the Jewish Community Grant for individuals, the individual must be the sole organizer and the event cannot be advertised as an event for an organization (though organizations may sponsor the event).
 
Applications must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the event. Proposals will be reviewed based on the following criteria:
  • Content and innovation
  • Anticipated participation
  • Proposed budget
  • Grammar/Effort
This is a competitive grant program. Receipts may be requested following the event.
 

What funding is available?

  • Individuals and organizations can apply to receive project grants of up to $2,500 (maximum 70% of cost).
  • Organizations can collaborate on an event and can receive 70% of the total cost up to $7,500 for a collaborative event (not to exceed $2,500 per organization).
  • Individuals may apply for up to two grants per year, and organizations may apply for up to three grants per year.
  • The maximum funding for standard holiday programming is $1,000.

How do I receive funding?

Completed applications must be submitted at least thirty days prior to the start of the program. Late applications will not be accepted.

Please allow for at least three weeks for applications to be reviewed and processed.

If approved, the Jewish Community Grant is a reimbursement grant. Within 30 days of completing a project, grant recipients must submit a brief narrative and financial report of activities.

The approved grant amount is not the final grant amount. All final grant payments are contingent on final reports, which will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
  • Content and innovation
  • Participation
  • Actual budget
  • Grammar/Effort
For individual applicants, a W-9 form must be completed to be eligible for the grant.
 

Need help?

For questions about the Jewish Community Grant or the online grant system, please email [email protected]
 

Disclaimer

The Harold Grinspoon Foundation reserves the right to decline any application for any reason.

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