Staenberg Family Foundation: Anything Grants

An opportunity to do anything

Anything Grants will support projects, infrastructure and programs of local Jewish organizations

Thank you for taking the time to apply for a Staenberg Family Foundation Anything Grant aimed at helping St. Louis Jewish agencies and organizations raise funds for a variety of needs. We recognize that for many nonprofits, a small grant can go a long way. Applications are being accepted now through February 27, 2015. Announcements will be made by the end of April 2015. Any questions should be emailed to .

Criteria for one-time Anything Grants:

  • Grants will be given to Jewish non-profit agencies, organizations or synagogues in the St. Louis community.
  • Grants will range from $1,000 to $5,000.
  • 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.
  • Your agency must have 501(c)3 tax status.
  • 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, 2015
  • 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.

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You will be directed to the Jewish Federation’s new grants management software site.  You will need to create a new account for your organization before you can submit the application for the Staenberg Foundation Anything Grants.  You can save your application in draft form if you can’t complete it in one session. 

The 2015 Anything Grants are in honor of Tom Green for his years of service and dedication to the Staenberg Family Foundation and the St. Louis Jewish Community.

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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

Yeshivat Kadimah High School Science Lab

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.