Rekindle Shabbat


Shabbat is one of the greatest gifts Judaism offers. Connecting ourselves to the generations before us through the rituals of candle lighting, blessing children, Kiddush, challah and Havdalah is meaningful and uplifting. We want to support people coming together to create community and celebrate the joy and meaning of Shabbat.

Please note that this is not a grant for simply providing financial support for food and deliveries. It was created to bring people together for Shabbat. This grant will only be approved if the event involves a group gathering together, whether remotely or in-person.*

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for Rekindle Shabbat Grants for Individuals, individuals must be residents of Western Massachusetts (Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties) or Southern Vermont (Windham and Bennington counties).

To be eligible for Rekindle Shabbat Grants for Organizations, organizations must be Jewish organizations that serve Western Massachusetts (Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties) or Southern Vermont (Windham and Bennington counties).

What events qualify?

An event qualifies if it is

  • On Shabbat
  • Located in Western Massachusetts (Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties) or Southern Vermont (Bennington and Windham counties)
  • Guided by one or more identified leaders

What funding is available?

The Harold Grinspoon Foundation reimburses the cost of meals for approved events up to $18 per individual.

Rekindle Shabbat for Individuals

  • Individuals may apply for a maximum of $400 per fiscal year. Funding can be used for delivery costs and food.
  • A minimum of eight individuals must gather together for Shabbat, whether remotely or in-person.*

Rekindle Shabbat for Organizations

  • Qualifying organizations will be able to apply for up to a total $1,000 for Rekindle Shabbat funding per fiscal year. Funding can be used for delivery costs and food.
  • The grant only reimburses the cost of food. The grant will not reimburse for a speaker, leader, or other program expenses
  • Organizations may charge for dinners
  • Participants must gather together, whether remotely or in-person.*

How do I apply for funding?

Completed applications must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event. Late applications will not be accepted.

To receive reimbursement if approved, a brief report describing the Rekindle Shabbat event (and including all receipts related to food and catering costs) must be completed.

Need help?

For questions about the Rekindle Shabbat Grant or the online grant system, please email [email protected].

*If the event occurs in-person, it must follow local laws and guidelines. If the event occurs outside of local laws and guidelines, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation is not liable for any illness or injuries incurred and funding will not be reimbursed.

Disclaimer

 Please note that the Harold Grinspoon Foundation reserves the right to decline any application for any reason.

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