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Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix Competitive Grants

Grants to Greater Phoenix, Arizona and Israel Nonprofits
for Programs that Benefit Community Residents

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Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix

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Deadline Date:

01/10/20 Noon Arizona time


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Grants typically ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 to Greater Phoenix, Arizona and Israel nonprofit organizations that work to make a positive difference in the Jewish community. Applicants must contact program staff prior to submitting an LOI. The 2020 focus area for local organizations is creative approaches to engaging Jews who are not actively and intentionally connected to the Jewish community. The goal of the Israel grants is to improve the lives of vulnerable families and individuals in Israel by supporting programs that provide them with the tools needed to become self-reliant and break the cycle of poverty.

The Jewish Community Foundation will consider local letters of intent in the following categories:

  • New or existing programs designed to address unmet needs in the Jewish community, or which offer a unique approach to enhancing the Jewish community. Preference will be given to innovative programs and projects.
  • One-time endeavors that offer the Jewish community both immediate benefits and the potential for long-term enrichment (e.g. seminars, exhibits, community-wide events).
  • Program expansion from well-established programs will be considered if the request reflects a significant new component to the project.
  • Capacity building, defined as improving the overall performance, effectiveness, and financial sustainability of local Jewish organizations, to better fulfill their missions. Qualified examples include, but are not limited to: strategic planning; program planning and evaluation; board and staff leadership development or training; endowment building; marketing and communications; and financial resource development.

The JCF encourages collaboration between local Jewish agencies and prioritizes funds for the following:

  • Interfaith responses to community needs/issues designed to strengthen community relations and foster collaboration.
  • Jewish Education.
  • Research projects that improve the quality of Jewish life.
  • Resettlement aid and assistance services to Jewish refugees in Greater Phoenix or Israel.
  • Social service needs, including (but not limited to) health, welfare, and education.
  • Strengthening and increasing exposure to Jewish culture.
  • Training opportunities in the fields of health, education, science, humanitarian aid, culture and community relations that would have demonstrable value for the Jewish community.

For Israel Grants, examples of eligible programs include vocational training or education with accompanying social supports for individuals to obtain and maintain gainful employment; financial literacy and life skills, micro-lending and entrepreneurial efforts. Programs must fall under the categories described under grants serving Greater Phoenix. Programs are also supported that specifically aim to improve relations between Jews and Arabs in Israel.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175852

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Foundation does not have established minimum and maximum grant amounts. However, typical grants range from $5,000 to $20,000. Although grants above $20,000 are awarded, larger allocations are generally reserved for programs that will become an ongoing part of an organization’s work. Requests of $25,000 or more require permission from the Foundation at least three weeks before submitting a Letter of Intent.

Term of Contract:

All programs must start after March 1, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Local Grant Eligibility: Applicants in the USA must have 501(c)(3) status.

Israel Grant Eligibility: The Jewish Community Foundation will only accept proposals from Israeli organizations that:
- Foundation staff, Jewish communal colleagues, board or grants committee members have volunteered with, visited or have first-hand knowledge of OR prior grant recipients that have satisfactorily fulfilled reporting requirements; and
- Have received certified proper management (“nihul takin”) from the Israeli Registrar of Non Profit Organizations; and
- Are in good standing with a US-based 501(c)(3) charitable organization that will serve as the fiscal agent.

The Foundation’s primary focus is supporting those organizations and programs serving the Greater Phoenix Jewish community, including (but not limited to) community centers, religious and educational institutions, and social service providers.

Organizations may submit only ONE Letter of Intent on behalf of their organization each cycle. In addition, organizations may participate in collaborative requests. An organization may serve as the lead program or fiscal agent for ONE collaborative request in any given grant cycle. LOIs for collaborative efforts must include Letters of Support from all participating organizations. An organization may serve as the fiscal agent for another organization. When the only connection is serving as the fiscal agent, it does not impact an organization’s ability to submit an LOI on its own behalf or as part of a collaborative request.

What the Foundation does NOT Fund:
- Organizations that are not recognized as registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit entities
- International organizations that are not in good standing with a US-based 501(c)(3) fiscal agent
- Multi-year grant requests, with the exception of year two funding as described under new programs
- General operating support
- Capital, endowment, ongoing or other fundraising campaigns
- Scholarships
- Equipment purchase to replace or upgrade equipment for an existing program/service/office
- Donor, staff or volunteer recognition events
- Grants to individuals
- Projects in their entirety
- Proposals from organizations that do not follow the application procedures
- Renewed support to past grantees that have not met the reporting requirements

Pre-Application Information:

The LOI due date is October 10, 2019.

Please contact the Jewish Community Foundation prior to the LOI due date BEFORE submitting a Letter of Intent. Please do NOT wait until the last minute to contact JCF. If you are new to JCF, you must call at least three weeks prior to the LOI deadline.

Prior authorization is required for any submission of $25,000 or more. Contact Sheryl Quen at least three weeks before the Letter of Intent due date. No prior authorizations will be approved after September 18, 2019.

If the Foundation approves your LOI, your organization will be invited to submit a full grant application.

Important Dates:
- Letter of Intent Deadline: October 10, 2019
- LOI Decisions Announced: By December 23, 2019
- Application Deadline (if invited to apply): January 10, 2020, by noon Arizona time
- Presentations to the Foundation: February 3, 2020
- Grant Decisions Announced: Mid-March 2020

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit an LOI:

If you are uncertain about your eligibility, please contact Sheryl Quen at or at (480) 699-1717.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona: Greater Phoenix Area


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