Grants for Initiatives for Russian-Speaking Jews

Posted by: The Natan Fund

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

Amount: $50,000
Deadline: April 12, 2017
Award Date: June 15, 2017


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


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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? Give the reasoning behind the specific amount you're requesting from Natan, and how you will use the funds. Note: 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. Make the case: Why should Natan fund this initiative? 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. 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 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.

  5. In concrete terms, what do you hope your organization will accomplish during the grant period? Please provide specific action items and numbers of people you hope to engage.


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