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Creating Belonging for Jewish Young Adults in the Bay Area Grant

Grants to California Nonprofits in Eligible
Regions to Support Outreach Efforts

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Jewish Community Federation (JCF) and Endowment Fund of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, and Sonoma Counties

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Grants to California nonprofit organizations in eligible regions to support operations. Funding is intended to support outreach efforts that increase feelings of connectedness and participation in Jewish experiences among young adults. Eligible organizations are active in the young adult space in the Federation Service Area which includes Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, and Solano counties.

The Federation is launching an ambitious Jewish Engagement Initiative as one of three priorities emerging from their new Strategic Direction, with the goal of doubling the number and increasing the diversity of young people who feel a strong connection to the Jewish community. The Engagement Initiative will expand opportunities and pathways for youth, young adults, and families with young children to experience Jewish life in deep relationships with others.

Through this grant round, the Foundation seeks to increase and deepen Jewish engagement for young adults ages 21-40 in the Bay Area and support a thriving ecosystem of young adult Jewish experiences. The Foundation's vision is for young adults of all backgrounds to find meaning, connection, and belonging through participation in Jewish life. 

The Federation will award grants to organizations active in the young adult space, who are eager to experiment with the Culture of Belonging methodologies through their programming. Preferred organizations will offer frequent activities and programs per month, have a track record of successfully engaging the target population, and have implemented strategies to reach unengaged young adults and diverse-identifying Jews (i.e. Jews of Color, Sephardim, LGBTQ, and Jews from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds).

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GrantWatch ID#: 188312

Number of Grants:

Operating support grants will be awarded to up to five organizations.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Federation will award operating support grants of $30,000-$50,000.

Term of Contract:

One-year grant period: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 (with the intention to renew for a second year)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must:
- Be a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit or organization with fiscal sponsorship in the Federation Service Area
- Actively serve Jewish young adults with multiple programs and activities in the Bay Area per month
- Articulate alignment of this program with their organization’s mission and goals
- Demonstrate strong organizational leadership and financial stability
- Show a commitment to testing, learning, and iterating this approach in partnership with the Federation and other grantees
- Have competent staff and organizational resources to implement the work
- Align with the Federation’s mission and funding policy on Israel-related programming

Pre-proposal Conference:

Pre-Application Information:

- Zoom Information Webinar: Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 1:00 – 2:00 pm PST
- Proposal Submission Deadline: Friday, April 30, 2020, 5:00 pm PST
- Grantees Informed: Monday, June 15, 2020
- Grantee Launch Gathering: End of August/Early September 2020 (TBD)
- Grant Term: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 (Intent to renew for the second year)
- Final Report Deadline: August 17, 2021

Applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in the Zoom Information Webinar, and to contact Danit Trau, Senior Program Officer, Young Adult Engagement, for guidance or to answer questions before applying.

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Danit Trau, Senior Program Officer, Young Adult Engagement:

Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
121 Steuart Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

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