Natan Confronting Antisemitism 2017-2018

Posted by: The Natan Fund

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Amount: $50,000
Deadline: March 8, 2017
Award Date: June 15, 2017


For the 2017-8 grant year, Natan is piloting a new grant area to address the resurgence of antisemitism around the world. Antisemitism threatens Jews, of course, but as Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks has said, “the hate that begins with Jews never ends with Jews.” “The appearance of antisemitism in a culture,” he warns, “is the first symptom of a disease, the early warning sign of collective breakdown,” posing danger to “everyone who values freedom, compassion and humanity.”

Natan is particularly interested in promoting or catalyzing the creation of innovative, grassroots approaches that can complement and inform larger institutions’ approaches to understanding and confronting antisemitism. Natan’s grants will support innovative nonprofit organizations and individuals (including but not limited to academics, journalists, artists, and social entrepreneurs) in North America and Europe that are:

  • developing positive, constructive efforts to understand, expose and undermine contemporary antisemitism of all types;
  • educating diverse audiences about the contours and dangers of contemporary forms of antisemitism, particularly those that focus on the ways in which delegitimization of Israel is a form of antisemitism;
  • encouraging prosocial activities that bring Jewish and other ethnic and religious communities together, particularly to denounce and fight hatred; and
  • building awareness (particularly among non-Jewish communities) of Israel and the Jewish People’s cultural, historical, ethnic, religious, and political complexity and diversity as a means of combating the ignorance and presentism that often drives antisemitism.

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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. Tell us about your organization’s theory of change, describing the ways that your approach and your programs are innovative in the landscape of initiatives that address antisemitism, and the ways that your work aligns specifically with the goals of Natan’s Confronting Antisemitism grant area (outlined in the Request for Proposals).

  3. Natan is 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. Please tell us how your organization’s work might potentially be adapted, replicated, or scaled in the future, and which organizations or networks your might connect with and leverage in service of that broader impact.

  4. Tell us about the ways that you partner with other organizations. If you do not yet have organizational partnerships, tell us about the partnerships you hope to create.

  5. Natan recognizes that some initiatives have a “multiplier effect” - although the initiative targets a specific number of people, those people can then influence many others. Please tell us the number of participants whom you expect to engage in the near term, and estimate the number of people that they will engage, and in what ways.


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