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We are excited to announce the second round of our new CBJ Grant Program that will provide grants to members of Congregation Beth Jacob. Based on many generous donations, the Board has earmarked a total of $750K—$75K to be allocated annually over a ten-year period.
 
All members in good standing, including clergy and staff are eligible. There are no minimum age requirements to apply.
Grants will be selected based on need and prioritized based on the proposals that:
  • Increase congregational engagement
  • Provide unique learning opportunities emphasizing Jewish values
  • Leverage existing congregational resources on an ongoing basis
  • Create equity of opportunity for congregants
  • Ensure the well-being of our community
We hope that congregants will propose creative and thoughtful opportunities to help build and engage the community. Great examples from our first round of grantees include:
  • Funding for Tikvah speakers and events
  • Funding to enhance our Kiddush Lunches
  • Funding for Babies and Blessings
  • Funding for Family Shabbat Dinners in Congregants’ Homes
  • Funding for our preschool anniversary celebration
Other examples of potential grant ideas include:
  • A Hebrew school class trip
  • A project that beautifies our shul
  • Expanding or funding a holiday celebration
  • Organizing a social event for any age group
  • Bringing a musician, artist, or speaker to CBJ
Grant requests can be made bi-annually, with our final 2023 deadline for grant proposals being Friday, December 1st. This time around, we will have a brief in-person meeting between the grant requester and the grant committee scheduled for Monday, December 4th.
 
Grants can be requested in the amount of $100 to $20K using the grant proposal form here: https://forms.gle/XhdTAHvgSytJxcKV9.
 
The greater detail you can provide outlining the amount of money you need, the better. We require a detailed, itemized budget, and measurable goals as well as how to be accountable for the money. Partnering with other congregants as well as with clergy and staff is encouraged.
 
The Board has formed a Mini-Grant Sub Committee. Grants will be reviewed by the Sub Committee (The Mini-Grant Committee) and approved by the Board of Directors.
 
The grant proposal form is meant to be straightforward and not overwhelming to anyone who hasn’t requested a grant before. The grant committee is available to answer any questions, and it will host a table at kiddush lunch on Saturday, November 4.
 
Feel free to email questions to cbj@bethjacobrwc.org.
Sat, July 13 2024 7 Tammuz 5784