Natan Economic Development in Israel 2017-2018

Posted by: The Natan Fund

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Amount: $50,000
Deadline: Dec. 19, 2016

Description

Economic Development in Israel

Natan’s 2017-8 grant focus in Israel is Economic Development. Natan grants provide up to $50,000 to Israeli organizations developing innovative approaches to achieving social impact and economic growth. Natan is particularly interested in supporting the creation and expansion of scalable social businesses - high-impact, smart initiatives with the potential to exert an economic multiplier effect on participants, geographic regions, and/or particular social issues.

Please note that while we appreciate the many different value-added approaches to economic development and social change, because of our venture-oriented approach to philanthropy, we are unlikely to support and thus discourage applications from initiatives that result in limited economic benefit, that lack models for long-term sustainability through generated income, that work with only a few participants each year, and/or that do not exhibit significant impact beyond the benefit provided directly to program participants.

Applying for a Grant

Natan invites letters of inquiry for its 2016-17 Economic Development in Israel grants from nonprofits and social businesses with an annual operating budget of $1.5 million or less.

In the spirit of “venture philanthropy,” Natan is especially interested in supporting startups and fledgling organizations that have not yet received significant support from major funders and that are independent from larger institutions and organizational structures. Natan seeks to catalyze and support innovation that begins on the margins of the mainstream institutional system; thus local affiliates of national organizations and organizations with strong, established brands and/or long track records are unlikely to be funded.

Natan is also seeking to support organizations that are focused as much on developing adaptable and replicable new models as they are on their own organizational needs, with the goal of generating systemic change. While Natan will support initiatives with a local focus, such initiatives should manifest a unique approach that could be replicated in other communities, a vision for broadscale change, exceptional leadership, and/or a desire to scale up beyond the local community in the near future.

Initiatives may apply for one-year grants of up to US$50,000, though most grant awards are in the $25,000 - $50,000 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.


Applying for a Grant

Natan invites letters of inquiry for its 2016-17 Economic Development in Israel grants from nonprofits and social businesses with an annual operating budget of $1.5 million or less.

In the spirit of “venture philanthropy,” Natan is especially interested in supporting startups and fledgling organizations that have not yet received significant support from major funders and that are independent from larger institutions and organizational structures. Natan seeks to catalyze and support innovation that begins on the margins of the mainstream institutional system; thus local affiliates of national organizations and organizations with strong, established brands and/or long track records are unlikely to be funded.

Natan is also seeking to support organizations that are focused as much on developing adaptable and replicable new models as they are on their own organizational needs, with the goal of generating systemic change. While Natan will support initiatives with a local focus, such initiatives should manifest a unique approach that could be replicated in other communities, a vision for broadscale change, exceptional leadership, and/or a desire to scale up beyond the local community in the near future.

Initiatives may apply for one-year grants of up to US$50,000, though most grant awards are in the $25,000 - $50,000 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.


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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. Bottom line: What is the amount you are requesting? Give the reasoning behind the specific amount you're requesting from Natan, and how you will use the funds. If you can, please let us know which parts of your request are more important to you – in case we can provide a grant that covers part of your ask.
    Note: organizations may request funds of up to US$50,000. Natan DOES NOT support organizations with operating budgets over $1.5 million.

  2. Vision and Change: What is your vision for how the program you wish to fund will lead to systemic change in the community/country? If your venture is a local one, what are your plans (if any) for scaling, expanding, replicating, or otherwise disseminating your mission and methodology beyond your local community?

  3. You and Your Ecosystem: Tell us what’s special about your organization? In what ways are you innovative and ahead of the curve? What’s your added value? Please pertain to the goals of the grant area as outlined in the RFP, found here. Please make sure to share what is your organization's relationship - both formal and informal - to other organizations (please name them) working to meet the same needs or providing similar services? Please teach us about potential or existing collaborations and/or potential or existing conflicts.

  4. Impact: In concrete terms, what do you hope your organization will accomplish during the grant period? Please provide specific action items, numbers and projected revenues/results.

  5. Specifics: Please provide your answers to the specific questions sent to you via email. Make sure to list each question followed by your answer

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