Jewish Innovation Funds

Posted by: Jewish Innovation Funds

We invest in collaborative, innovative, creative and socially meaningful projects that will have a positive impact on the Cincinnati community.

Amount: $85,000
Deadline: April 25, 2018
Award Date: July 1, 2018


Do you have an idea that would transform Jewish Cincinnati? The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati is pleased to release the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Jewish Innovation Funds, a grants program designed to encourage strategic growth and creative program development in Cincinnati’s Jewish community.

Through this RFP, the Jewish Federation will support a single initiative…or maybe two, with an award of up to $85,000, coaching support and a cohort of mentors.

The program's investors are pooling resources and will decide together how to allocate these charitable dollars. New this year, the funders are looking to support One Big Idea (or maybe two) that is collaborative in nature social entrepreneur and/or organization addressing a Cincinnati community need through a Jewish lens. and has the potential to transform some aspect of Cincinnati’s Jewish community. As in years past, the focus will be on risk capital that serves as a catalyst for change, encourages initial stage funding innovation and has a positive impact on the Cincinnati community. The funders will engage in a group educational process to fund a collaborative, innovative, creative and socially meaningful project.

Selected grantees will receive a one-time grant between $50,000-$85,000 that may be used over a one-year period (July 2018 - July 2019). Funding is intended for application towards specific project or program-based costs. Both individuals and organizations are encouraged to apply and preference will be given to collaborative ideas.

Who is Eligible to Apply:

  • Existing nonprofit organizations who possess current 501(c)(3) status.
  • Entrepreneurial individuals or emerging organizations who apply with an appropriate fiscal sponsor who has a 501(c)(3) status
  • The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati is open to new projects that do not yet have a 501(c)(3) status. If the project is selected as a finalist, we will work with the group to help find a partnering organization or another solution
  • Applicant organizations from any state may apply, however the proposed project must be for implementation in the Cincinnati area
  • This grant does not fund general operating support, capital improvements, endowments, lobbying, or activities that exclusively benefit the members of sectarian or religious organizations
  • Grantees will agree to display Jewish Federation’s logo on marketing materials and distribute materials that promote community programs at events

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