JCF Community Funding Initiative FY2020
The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ is now accepting applications for programs to enhance and transform our local Jewish community. We are looking for creative and impactful programs that address one or more of the following:
- Improve the education of youth, Jewish education, teacher training, and/or special projects (up to $25,000)
- Care for the elderly (up to $25,000)
- Care for the needy (up to $5,000)
The grant cycle is now open, and we will accept applications until September 27, 2019. If you would like to apply for this grant, please click here and open an account. Once logged, in please click on apply and enter the access code JCF20.
JCF Israel Restricted Funding FY2020
The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ aims to honor legacy donors with Restricted Endowment Funds. We will make four grants to support programs or initiatives that target one of the following purposes, up to the amount listed, per year:
- Support for Israeli individuals living with developmental disabilities (up to $10,000)
- Engaging Israelis in cultural activities in Ofakim and Merchavim (up to $8,500)
- Support for recent refugees and resettlement (up to $2,500—can be a renewal)
- Care for older Israeli adults (up to $2,900)
The grant cycle is now open, and we will accept applications until September 27, 2019. If you would like to apply for this grant, please click here and open an account. Once logged in please click on apply and enter the access code Israel20.
Greater MetroWest NJ has partnership communities in Israel, including Ofakim, Merchavim, Arad, Kibbutz Erez, Ra'anana, Rishon Le-Zion, Gush Etzion and Hurfeish. While all communities in Israel are encouraged to apply for these grant opportunities, we would like to note that we have a preference for funding our partnership communities.
Grant Making at JCF
Grant making is at the heart of what we do. Since 1949, the Jewish Community Foundation and our donors have made grants to a wide range of programs and institutions, both Jewish and in the broader community, locally and around the world.
We fund academic scholarships and provide other forms of financial aid to individuals and families in need. We respond to emergencies that affect the Jewish community here in New Jersey, nationally, and around the world. Our grants also support new initiatives, innovative programs, and special community projects.
- Grants recommended by our fundholders, from their donor-advised funds and supporting foundations, make up the vast majority of JCF’s grantmaking. These grants support charitable organizations ranging from our local Federation and partner agencies, to programs in Israel and overseas Jewish communities, to secular organizations around the country and around the world. About 70 percent of our fundholders’ grants support Jewish causes. Learn more about donor-advised funds.
- JCF’s advisory councils oversee grantmaking in particular areas, including Jewish camps, day schools, programs and services for older adults, women, teen programs, and Israel. Each advisory council is a group of donors with common interests who oversee targeted funds of the JCF. Learn more about advisory councils.
- JCF also has restricted endowment funds, established through family legacies, that are overseen by a grant review committee. Currently, our grant review committee is also working with an innovations committee on cutting-edge philanthropy. Learn more about Innovations Grants.
- The largest annual gift to Federation’s UJA Annual Campaign is a grant from JCF, funded by legacy gifts from Lester Society and Lion of Judah Endowment donors.