Natan Jewish Peoplehood 2015-16

Posted by: The Natan Fund

Natan inspires young philanthropists to engage actively in Jewish giving by funding innovative projects that shape the Jewish future.

Amount: $50,000
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2014
Award Date: July 1, 2015


Natan's Jewish Peoplehood grants support innovative organizations around the world that build connections between young Jews across geographic, ethnic, denominational, and ideological borders; that foster a sense of mutual responsibility between Jews; that emphasize the Jewish people's collective responsibility to heal the world; and/or that grapple with the special role that Israel plays in contemporary Jews' identity. Applicants might include organizations that: - connect young Jews in their 20s and 30s to each other either in person or virtually (especially using new technologies), across some kind of “border” – geographic, philosophical, ethnic – and that explicitly seek to instill in their audience a sense of belonging to the Jewish collective; - empower young Jews to act on a sense of the Jewish people’s responsibility to heal the world (tikkun olam) – through an explicit linkage to Jewish values and/or texts; - raise awareness of and strengthen understanding about Israel – in all of its complexity – among Jews living outside of the country, either by bringing Jews to Israel to experience it firsthand, or by bringing Israeli culture, society, history, language, and/or politics to Jews living outside of the country in creative, thoughtful, and meaningful ways. Organizations may apply for one-year grants of up to US$50,000, though most grant awards are in the $25,000 - $40,000 range. Grantees have the opportunity to apply for renewals beyond the initial year of funding, and most Natan grants are renewed for at least three years. Multi-year grants, however, cannot be considered.

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Custom Questions

Some grants require specific questions to be answered in order to make a decision. Every applicant will be required to answer the following questions in order to successfully complete the application process.

  1. What is the amount you are requesting? Organizations may request funds of up to US$50,000.
  2. What is your organization’s current total operating budget? Natan DOES NOT support organizations with operating budgets over $1.5 million.
  3. Tell us about your organization and its innovative model. How does it align with the goals of the Jewish Peoplehood grant area outlined in the RFP, found here:
  4. If this were twitter and you had to compose a tweet about your organization or program, what would it be? (Remember tweets are only 140 Characters long.)
  5. If you are requesting program support, please answer the following questions (if you are not applying for program support, fill in this question with “Not Applicable”): a. What is the name of your program, and what is the program’s budget for the grant year you are applying? b. What is the mission and purpose of this program? c. Give us a brief description of your program. What does it do, and who are its beneficiaries? d. What established demonstrated need within the target audience does your program serve? e. What have your program’s most notable accomplishments been to date? f. How do you measure the success of your program? By those measurements - do you believe your program has been successful to date? Why or why not?

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