Jewish Life Guidelines

Jewish Life Impact Goal

To create and sustain a more welcoming, vibrant, diverse and inspiring quality of Jewish life that engages more Jewish people. Learn more about our Jewish Life philosophy and the various ways we strive to make an impact.

Jewish Life Grants Funding Priorities

Welcoming and Connecting Jews and Others in Their Households to Jewish Life –  Efforts to develop and implement new or successful programs that connect Jews, and other members of their households, to Jewish life and to each other, especially for those who are unconnected and on the margins of Jewish life. Applications may be for innovative program development, as well as for the replication or expansion of successful outreach programs.

Promoting Jewish Growth and Learning – Activities that promote Jewish growth, including those that inspire and facilitate lifelong Jewish learning for the largest possible number of Jews. Consideration is given to cultural, social, recreational, spiritual and heritage-related activities in both formal and informal educational settings. We also support programs for youth in the process of identity formation, young families and adults, and programs that remove barriers to involvement in Jewish activities.

Building Organizational Strength – Efforts that help strengthen Jewish organizations in areas such as financial sustainability, professional development, strategic planning, program evaluation and dissemination, resource development, management, financial planning, computer-technology acquisition and training, and physical plant.

Fostering Leadership – Efforts to recruit, motivate, educate and develop new volunteer and professional leaders to meet the challenges of the future. We also support activities that enhance the excellence and retention of existing Jewish institutional leadership, both lay and professional. In addition, we support activities that prepare leaders to guide and facilitate institutional change, foster greater mutual respect among lay and professional leaders, and promote cross-denominational leadership development.

Our Jewish Life program area gives higher consideration to grant requests that primarily serve Jewish people and their families, and that address:

  • Trends and findings from the 2007 Metro Denver/Boulder Jewish Community Study
  • Emerging needs
  • Seed grants for innovation
  • Grassroots initiatives that mobilize new resources, people and ideas
  • Efforts to promote institutional self-sufficiency
  • Partnerships and cooperative programs among agencies, synagogues and schools
  • Collaboration among professionals and volunteers across categories and settings

Grants Generally Not Supported

The Jewish Life program area generally does not fund:

  • General operating support
  • Activities exclusively for the members of a particular synagogue or congregation

Recent Grants

It may be helpful to review a list of recent Jewish Life grants to determine whether your program or project is a fit with our funding priorities.

Eligibility

We accept applications for programs or projects that serve the seven-county Greater Denver area of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson Counties. Learn more about this and other grant eligibility criteria.

We encourage applicants to speak with Senior Program Officer Lisa Farber Miller prior to submitting an application to the Jewish Life program area to discuss their program, project or organization.

How to Apply for a Grant

Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis (no deadlines) and the submission process is all online. Learn more about submitting your application.

Required Forms and Reporting

All grantees are required to submit certain forms and reports.

Questions

Answers to many questions can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). For additional questions, please contact Lisa Farber Miller, senior program officer – Jewish Life, at lfmiller@rcfdenver.org or 303.398.7420.

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