Community Engagement Fund

The Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor is accepting proposals for funding through the Jewish Community Engagement Fund and the Zelma Weisfeld Fund for Culture & Education. 

Jewish Community Engagement Fund 

The Jewish Community Engagement Fund grants are intended to encourage organizations and individuals to work collaboratively on innovative initiatives to cultivate a strong, engaged, connected, caring, vibrant and enduring Jewish community in Washtenaw County. 

Grant requests of $1000-$5000 will be considered and must be submitted by a formal or informal partnership of three or more collaborators (as defined below).  

The grant selection committee, described below under “Determination of Awards,” will evaluate proposals according to the extent to which they adhere to the guiding principles of cross communal collaboration, creativity & innovation, and joy & connectivity. The funding is intended to incentivize creation of programming and initiatives that focus on bringing the community together. Preference will be given to new ideas and one-time programs. For programs that are intended to extend beyond the funding period of the grant, the applicants must demonstrate in the grant application how the program will be sustainable financially following the end of the grant period. 

Jewish Community Engagement Fund applications will be accepted twice a year. 

The deadlines for grant submissions in 2022-2023 are September 15 and January 15. Decisions will be made within one month of the grant deadline. 

It is intended that projects receiving funding will be implemented within one year of approval. The committee will consider extensions. To apply for an extension, a grant applicant must submit a request to the committee describing the need for the extension and a revised project timeline.  

Funds will be distributed based on receipts submitted up to the limit of the grant. In some cases, based on a showing of need and after approval by the grant selection committee or its designee, funds may be distributed in advance. 

Zelma Weisfeld Fund for Culture & Education 

The Zelma Weisfeld Fund for Culture & Education was established by the estate of Ms. Weisfeld to support Jewish cultural and educational programming. Grant requests of up to $3750 will be considered and must be submitted by a formal or informal partnership of three or more collaborators, as defined below. The grant selection committee, defined below under “Determination of Awards,” will evaluate proposals according to the extent to which they adhere to the guiding principles of cross communal collaboration, creativity & innovation, and joy & connectivity. Preference will be given to new ideas and one-time programs. For programs that are intended to extend beyond the funding period of the grant, the applicants must demonstrate in the grant application how the program will be sustainable financially following the end of the grant period. 

Zelma Weisfeld Fund applications will be accepted once a year 

The deadline for grant submissions is 2022-2023 is December 15. Decisions will be made within one month of the grant deadline. 

It is intended that projects receiving funding will be implemented within one year of approval. The committee will consider extensions. To apply for an extension, a grant applicant must submit a request to the committee describing the need for the extension and a revised project timeline.  

Funds will be distributed based on receipts submitted up to the limit of the grant. In some cases, based on a showing of need and after approval by the grant selection committee or its designee, funds may be distributed in advance. 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR BOTH GRANTS:   

  • Applications must be made by a formal or informal partnership of at least three collaborators. Collaborators may be individuals, organizations, groups or a combination. 
  • Proposals must foster collaboration and innovation to cultivate a strong, engaged, connected, caring, vibrant and enduring Jewish community in Washtenaw County. 
  • For the Zelma Weisfeld Fund, applications must be specifically for Jewish cultural or educational programs. 
  • Applications must be for projects that are consistent with the mission of the Federation. 
  • Applicants must demonstrate in the grant application how they will measure impact and success.  
  • Preference will be given to proposals for new programs. If applying for an existing program, please contact the committee before submitting the grant application to determine if the project will be considered. The committee can be reached by contacting Eileen Freed at eileenfreed@jewishannarbor.org or 734-773-3537.  
  • Proposals should be for one-time programs. If the program is intended to continue beyond an initial funding cycle, applicants should explain their plans for financial sustainability. 
  • Funds may not be used for any other program or for other organizational operating expenses without prior approval from the committee or its designee. 
  • Following award of a grant, any changes to the approved program beyond what has been described in the grant application must be approved by the grant committee. 
  • Grants are conditioned on the Grant recipients filing a report with the grant committee describing the impact and success of their project within 90 days of conclusion of the project funded by the grant. The project’s conclusion should be within one year of approval of the grant application, unless an extension to the period of performance is requested and approved before the conclusion of the one year period by the grant committee. 
  • Grant recipients must acknowledge the Federation and the specific fund from which they received support in all publicity surrounding the program funded by this initiative. 

DETERMINATION OF AWARDS: 

  • A volunteer committee will evaluate proposals received with an emphasis on the guiding principles of cross communal collaboration, creativity & innovation, and joy & connectivity. 
  • Preference will be given to new ideas and one-time programs. 
  • Funding decisions will be made within one month of the application deadline.

QUESTIONS:   

For questions or guidance, contact Eileen Freed at (734) 773-3537 or eileenfreed@jewishannarbor.org.  

Community Engagement Fund Application