Grants reward creative ideas in Jewish community

Posted at 7:00 AM, Apr 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-11 07:00:18-04

CINCINNATI -- The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati is looking for bold Jewish ideas.

The nonprofit, which supports the local Jewish community, has established two new grant funds it calls the Jewish Innovation Funds:

  • a $100,000 macro-grant fund for grants of $10,000 to $50,000 for high-impact projects that enrich community life or solve societal issues; and
  • a $5,000 micro-grant fund for grants of $500 to $1,500 for new, inventive engagement programming in the Jewish community.

They were created in an effort to be more innovative and provide donors more ways to give, as well as perpetuate the “creative, entrepreneurial spirit” in Cincinnati, said Danielle V. Minson, the federation’s chief development officer.

The federation received 29 applications for the macro-grants, Minson said – the deadline for application was March 31. “We were thrilled,” Minson said of the response, adding that applications came from both individuals and organizations.

Macro-grants will be awarded by the end of May, she said, after an elimination process involving the 10 grant funders, whom she declined to name. The deadline for applying for micro-grants is May 31.

The federation hopes to make this an annual grants competition, she said, depending upon availability of funds.

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