Grants for Initiatives for Russian-Speaking Jews

Posted by: The Natan Fund

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Amount: $50,000
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2015
Award Date: June 1, 2015


Please note: The deadline to apply for this opportunity has passed, but we will continue to accept applications from exceptional applicants to the Grants for Initiatives for Russian-Speaking Jews on a rolling basis until January 31st, 2015. If you are unsure if you are eligible, please reach out directly to info[at] Natan’s Grants for Initiatives for Russian-Speaking Jews will support initiatives that are using innovative approaches to build Jewish community and strengthen Jewish life among Russian-speaking Jews in North America, especially for those who are not currently engaged in Jewish communal life. Natan also seeks to empower new leadership in the RSJ community by supporting initiatives that encourage participants to become active agents of change within their own communities. Organizations supported through this grant program might include: · innovative platforms that explore the many facets of Jewish civilization, ritual, and life cycles in contemporary ways, especially new ways of integrating Jewish wisdom, traditions and experience with “secular” endeavors (e.g. arts and culture, environment and food, inclusion of marginalized populations, new technologies, etc.); · new educational platforms and community-building efforts that aim to transmit Jewish wisdom, knowledge, and/or values, especially to those not currently engaged in Jewish life; · platforms that build and create connections between Jews across geographic, ethnic, denominational, and/or ideological borders, or within specific demographic/age ranges and across generations * * * The new RSJ Committee consists of 14 individuals and couples who joined Natan this fall. With the Genesis Philanthropy Group matching a portion of the new RSJ Natan members’ contributions, the committee will award around $150,000 in grants in 2015.

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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. How does your organization and its model align with the goals of the Grants for Initiatives for Russian-Speaking Jews grant area outlined in the RFP, found here:
  4. Why is your organization innovative? What sets your organization apart from those doing similar work? What is your organization’s relationship - both formal and informal - to other organizations working to meet the same needs or providing similar services?
  5. Give the reasoning behind the specific amount you're requesting from Natan, and how you will use the funds. (300 Words)

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