JFGD launches new grant opportunities

The Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas has rolled out restructured supplemental grant opportunities. In an effort to address new and increased needs in the Jewish community, these grants will enable partner and non-partner agencies to continue to focus on providing quality services and programs while also providing opportunities for innovation. Formerly known as Community Impact Grants and Outreach and Engagement Grants, Short- and Long-Term Grants were launched by the Federation on Dec. 6, for initiatives that address one of the Federation’s impact areas: education, social services, global and local responsibility, Jewish identity, outreach/engagement and security.

Submitted photo The J on Wheels, which travels around the Dallas area and provides J programming, is an example of a program funded through a Federation grant.
Submitted photo
The J on Wheels, which travels around the Dallas area and provides J programming, is an example of a program funded through a Federation grant.

“The Federation is excited to be enhancing our allocations process,” said Stefani Eisenstat, chair of the Planning and Allocations Committee. “Over the last 18 months, our planning committee identified a need to enhance our supplemental funding process to address emerging needs in our community as well as strengthen our support to current partner agencies. Our hope is that this simplified process continues to drive innovation and provide resources for our partners to focus on being excellent.”
Short-Term Grants will replace the former Outreach and Engagement Grants. These grants are available to all Jewish 501(c)3 organizations serving the greater Dallas area. The funds are for one-off programs and/or seed funding of a project. The duration should be no more than 12 to 18 months and the maximum funding request is $20,000. These grants will be offered annually.
Long-Term Grants will be available to current partner agencies that receive core funding from the Federation. These grants will enable partner agencies to address increased and new needs for their organizations as well as new, innovative programming. The grant funding will be from 18 months to a maximum of 3 years. The maximum funding request is $75,000. Similarly to other grant-making organizations in the Dallas area, the Federation will commit funding for the duration of the program, pending its performance, without the need for agencies to reapply annually.
Bradley Laye, president and CEO of the Federation, said, “Our responsibility to the community is to ensure its strength and vibrancy. This shift will help both partner and non-partner agencies address needs that didn’t exist 10 years ago and better serve members of the Dallas Jewish community. With our growth in campaign, we have had increasingly more dollars to allocate through our grants process. We look forward to continuing this expansion this year.” Grant applications are due Feb. 6, 2018 to Mercedes Deviney at mdeviney@jewishdallas.org. For more information on Short- and Long-Term Grants, please contact Sarah Golman at sgolman@jewishdallas.org or 214-615-5275.
— Submitted by Nina Stenzler

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