Anything Grants support projects, infrastructure and programs of local Jewish organizations.
Applications are open January 3 through February 9, 2017.
You will be directed to the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ online grant management system, Spectrum Granted Edge. You will need to create an account in order to apply for an Anything Grant, even if you previously had an account through the prior grant management system. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or problems with the application process, please contact Mindee Fredman at or Terri Sever at .
Goals of Anything Grants:
- Contribute to local agencies that help create a thriving Jewish community in St. Louis.
- Leave a lasting legacy by spreading tangible acts of goodwill throughout the St. Louis Jewish community.
- Encourage other members of the local Jewish community to support important initiatives, projects and organizations.
Eligible Grant Applications could be for anything, including:
- Hiring a nonprofit consultant
- Purchasing technology
- Staff/Board professional development
- Building beatification/improvement
- May also be programmatic, but since this may be a one-time grant, we encourage grants for specific one-time needs
Criteria for Anything Grants:
- Grants will be given to Jewish non-profit agencies, organizations or synagogues in the St. Louis community. No individuals or for-profit businesses.
- All applicants must have a 501(c)3 tax status.
- Grants will range from $1,000 to $5,000 (project budget cannot exceed $10,000).
- The request should be for 50% of your projected program budget – you must articulate how the other 50% will be raised. Grantees will be required to provide evidence of the matching funds that were raised.
- Your request should not be part of a larger campaign. We want to fund projects that can be accomplished with our contribution as half of the project budget.
- We encourage submission of proposals for specific one-time needs. If it is for an ongoing project, a sustainability plan must be articulated.
- Projects must be completed by December 1, 2017.
- Grantees will be required to complete a progress report upon completion of the project in order to receive payment. If the grant is for a building/capital project, grantees will be required to demonstrate completion via photos, receipts, invoices paid, etc.
- Organizations cannot apply to St. Louis Jewish Community Inclusion Initiative Mini-Grants or Women’s Auxiliary Foundation for Jewish Aged Grants as the matching funds.
For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Mindee Fredman at or 314-442-3734.
Yeshivat Kadimah High School – Anything Grant 2014
When Yeshivat Kadimah High School opened in September 2013, their main priority was to create a strong Orthodox Yeshiva college-prep high school program that serves the St. Louis Jewish community. However, they quickly realized that some necessities would not be met with the limited funding the school was founded on.
“You can’t do high school science without a lab. It was a critical need that we did not have the resources for, and the Anything Grant was the perfect solution.”- Rabbi Moshe Shulman, Head of School, Yeshivat Kadimah High School
Rabbi Shulman and Dr. Brad Heger, General Studies Education Director, applied for an Anything Grant in early 2014. The Staenberg Family Foundation created the Anything Grant program to help organizations of all sizes raise funds for a variety of needs, including infrastructure, capital improvements, new and ongoing programs, technology and more. In order to receive the funds, organizations are responsible for raising the remaining 50% from other sources.
“The match was offered by Isabel Boniuk whose granddaughter was our only senior last year,” said Rabbi Shulman. “We approached the family about providing the matching funds as a way of honoring the memory of Isabel’s late husband who was an ophthalmologist and very interested in science. Isabel was very gracious and excited to establish this meaningful connection with the school.”
Previously, the science teachers had to run virtual experiments or “kitchen table” experiments because Yeshivat Kadimah did not have the equipment needed to run advanced placement experiences. With the Anything Grant and match from the Boniuk family, the school now has sophisticated biology lab equipment and a full chemistry lab for the students. The school’s freshmen take Biology 1 with Mrs. Meredith Fruhman; sophomores take Chemistry with Dr. Carl Tenpas; and juniors take Advanced Honors Biology with Mr. Tom Conley.
“Thanks to the Anything Grant, our science programs can now continue for years to come,” said Dr. Heger. “The process of applying was also very easy and straight forward. The challenge was mostly figuring out what we wanted to apply for. We knew we had this need and once we knew we had this grant opportunity, it was a perfect match.”
Rabbi Shulman shared, “There’s a lot more to do and the Anything Grant program provides the opportunity to make that happen. We look forward to applying for another Anything Grant in the future, potentially to help fund a much-needed library.”
In coordination with the Staenberg Family Foundation, Jewish Federation of St. Louis encourages organizations to take advantage of the Anything Grant program as a unique opportunity to improve the St. Louis Jewish community.