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St. Louis Jewish Federation Grants

 

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Below are all the Jewish Federation grants and funding opportunities available to nonprofit organizations and types of support available to individual community members during 2020.

 

Before completing an application for an investment, be sure to review materials related to the Jewish Federation grants process and our funding priorities:

Click here to access our online application portal

Types of Jewish Federation Grants & Funds

Our funding opportunities are divided into two categories: one for nonprofit organizations and schools and another to support individuals, students or specific clients from nonprofits or congregations.

Investment Opportunities for Organizations

If you’re not sure which investment opportunity would be the best fit for your idea, or if you would like to get feedback on an idea before writing a full application, we welcome you to submit a Letter of Intent here.

 

Community Impact Investments 
 
Time Limited: Mental Health Funding Opportunities

Mental Health Care Access Fund:

  • Focus: To help local community partner* organizations and congregations support their constituents’ financial needs for accessing clinical mental health care. Find more information here.
  • Timing: Requests are reviewed and approved on a rolling basis
  • Contact: Emily Bornstein, EBornstein@JFedSTL.org

 

Interfaith Inclusion & Engagement Mini Grants
  • Focus: To create a more welcoming and inclusive St. Louis Jewish community for Jewish Adjacent family members and Jewish+ families. Click here to read the Request for Proposals.
  • Who can apply: Louis based Jewish tax-exempt organizations
  • How to apply: Spectrum online portal – name of opportunity: Interfaith Inclusion & Engagement Mini Grants Application
  • Timing: Applications open January 3, 2022 and are accepted on a rolling basis; decisions are made and communicated once a quarter.
  • Contact: Marla Guggenheimer, MGuggenheimer@JFedSTL.org, 314-442-3764

 

Staenberg Family Foundation 

General support and event sponsorships: 

  • Focus: Giving in the St. Louis region and the St. Louis Jewish community in addition to certain organizations throughout the U.S., mainly in the Midwest 
  • Who can apply: Nonprofit organizations that align with the Foundation’s mission and priorities. 
  • How to apply: Spectrum online portal – name of opportunities: Staenberg Family Foundation Event SponsorshipStaenberg Family Foundation General and Project Support Application 
  • Timing: Applications are rolling and reviewed on a quarterly basis 
  • Contact: Mindee Fredman, MFredman@JFedSTL.org, 314-442-3734

Anything Grants: 

  • Focus: Supporting projects, infrastructure, and programs of local Jewish organizations that help create a thriving Jewish community in St. Louis, while encouraging other members of the community to give matching funds 
  • Who can apply: Local Jewish nonprofit organizations 
  • How to apply: Spectrum online portal – name of opportunity: 2021 Anything Grant 
  • Timing: Applications for 2022 Anything Grants open May 9, 2022 and close June 22, 2022; decisions communicated in late July 2022. For organizations that received an Anything Grant in 2021, follow up forms are due by May 5, 2022.
  • Contact: Marla Guggenheimer, MGuggenheimer@JFedSTL.org, 314-442-3764

  

Lubin-Green Foundation 
  • Focus: Supporting projects and programs within the St. Louis Jewish community as well as international Jewish causes 
  • Who can apply: By invitation only. 
  • How to apply: Spectrum online portal 
  • Timing: Applications open February 28 and close on April 11, 2022. 
  • Contact: Lori Kabrun-Berry, LKabrun-Berry@JFedSTL.org, 314-442-3828 

  

Kranzberg Family Foundation 
  • Focus: Outreach to and engagement of future generations of Jews and creation of a vibrant, embracing, local Jewish community that will help retain and be attractive to young adults and families with young children 
  • Who can apply: Local Jewish nonprofit organizations that align with the Foundation’s mission 
  • How to apply: Spectrum online portal – name of opportunity: 2022 Kranzberg Family Foundation 
  • Timing: Applications open October 4, 2021; applications close November 11, 2021; decisions communicated in December 2021. 
  • Contact: Marla Guggenheimer, MGuggenheimer@JFedSTL.org, 314-442-3764

  

Women’s Auxiliary Foundation for the Jewish Aged 
  • Focus: Ensuring the dignity and honor of the Jewish elderly in the St. Louis community 
  • Who can apply: Local Jewish nonprofit organizations that align with the Foundation’s focus 
  • How to apply: Spectrum online portal 
  • Timing: Applications open April 4 and close on May 23, 2022. 
  • Contact: Lori Kabrun-Berry, LKabrun-Berry@JFedSTL.org, 314-442-3828 

  

Strategic Sponsorships 
  • Focus: To provide sponsorship support to community events or programs that align with Federation’s mission 
  • Who can apply: Nonprofit organizations 
  • How to apply: Spectrum online portal – name of opportunity: Strategic Sponsorship Application 
  • Timing: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis 
  • Contact: Marci Mayer Eisen, MEisen@JFedSTL.org, 314-442-3810

 

Rubin and Gloria Feldman Family Educational Institute
  • Focus: To support projects that promote tolerance, confront hatred, and educate about the Holocaust and other instances of persecution and discrimination. The Institute is especially, but not exclusively, interested in projects that benefit Missouri and the Midwest region. The Institute funds programs of educational and artistic merit that do one or more of the following: explore the history and legacy of the Holocaust; use the lessons of the Holocaust to examine subjects of ethical, social, and political importance; facilitate dialogue between people of different ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds; combat antisemitism, racism, and discrimination based on disability, sex, religion, sexual-orientation, or age. The Institute does not fund capital improvements, operating expenses, or special projects for educators. 
  • Who can apply: Nonprofit organizations 
  • How to apply: Spectrum online portal – name of opportunity: Feldman Family Educational Institute 
  • Timing: Two cycles per year. Cycle 1: Applications due by June 1; decisions communicated at the end of June. Cycle 2: Applications due by December 1; decisions communications at the end of December. 
  • Contact: Helen Turner, HTurner@STLHolocaustMuseum.org, 314-442-3748
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Support for Individuals

Financial Cash Assistance
  • Focus: To stabilize those experiencing financial insecurity and to move people toward financial self-sufficiency through the provision of cash assistance towards rent, utilities, advocacy, and other support. In general, financial cash assistance is offered on a short-term basis of one to six months.
  • Who can apply: Individuals in the local Jewish community
  • Timing: Applications are rolling
  • Contact: Intake line at Jewish Family Services, 314-993-1000

 

Grants for Jewish Summer Camps

 One Happy Camper grants of up to $1,000 are available to 1st through 12th graders. To be eligible, the camper must not have previous camp experience of more than 11 consecutive days. The program is a partnership between the Jewish Federation of St. Louis and the Foundation for Jewish Camp. The grant can be applied toward a minimum 12-day session at one of 150+ nonprofit Jewish summer camps. Limited grants available. Your child can share in the summer of a lifetime while strengthening Jewish identity, making lasting connections and learning Jewish values.

Visit OneHappyCamper.org to fill out the One Happy Camper grant application and find out more info. You can also check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.

*Restrictions apply.

Contact: Jody Gerth, JGerth@JFedSTL.org, 314-442-3881

 

Grants for Israel Travel

Federation’s Israel Center offers teens and young adults funding through merit and incentive-based grants for Israel travel. Additional information is available here.

Contact: Karen Rader, KRader@JFedSTL.org, 314-442-3756

 

Indigent Burial Fund

Jewish Federation of St. Louis provides funds to Jewish Family Services to support traditional Jewish burial arrangements for members of the Jewish community who can’t afford them. There is an application process to determine eligibility.

Contact: Intake line at Jewish Family Services, 314-993-1000

 
Jossem Memorial Fund
  • Focus: For elderly Jewish people experiencing financial insecurity to purchase needed personal and medical items beyond or supplemental to those ordinarily supplied by Federation’s community partners (i.e., Federation-supported agencies)
  • Who can apply: Local Jewish nonprofit organizations and congregations on behalf of their clients.
  • How to apply: Spectrum online portal – name of opportunity: Jossem Memorial Fund Reimbursement Request
  • Timing: Applications are rolling
  • Contact: Lori Kabrun-Berry, LKabrun-Berry@JFedSTL.org, 314-442-3828
 
Loeb Opportunity Fund
  • Focus: To improve quality of life and long-term prospects by providing education, job/skills training, and after-school, weekend, and/or summer enrichment programs for selected families who are clients of Jewish Family Services
  • Who can apply: Individuals in the local Jewish community with low income
  • How to apply: Referrals can come from local Jewish organizations, congregations, or Jewish day schools, or people can self-refer to Jewish Family Services
  • Timing: Applications are rolling
  • Contact: Intake line at Jewish Family Services, 314-993-1000
 
St. Louis Jewish Loan Association
  • Focus: To provide interest-free General Needs loans of up to $5,000 to be repaid within 36 months. Loans should address a need or hardship. Applicants must show proof of their ability to repay the loan as well as provide one loan guarantor.
  • Who can apply: Jewish Individuals (including those who are a member of a Jewish household) who are at least 18 years of age and have established local residency in St. Louis or surrounding areas for at least 12 months. *Other restrictions apply.
  • Timing: Applications are rolling
  • Contact: Lori Kabrun-Berry at LKabrun-Berry@JFedSTL.org, 314-442-3828

 

Academic Scholarships and Loans

Jewish Federation of St. Louis distributes a number of academic scholarships and interest-free loans to St. Louis area students. These scholarships are open to residents of the greater St. Louis metropolitan area, with a preference given to Jewish applicants, unless indicated. The applications will be open generally from January through mid-April. Apply online at https://stlouisgraduates.academicworks.com/opportunities/4338.

Awardees will be notified no later than the end of April. Please direct questions regarding any of these scholarships from the Jewish Federation of St. Louis to Karen Sher at 314-442-3824 or KSher@JFedSTL.org.

CYNTHIA AND GARRY SELTZER SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Established by Cynthia and Garry Seltzer
Provides a scholarship of $10,000 annually to a student based on financial need, academic merit, and demonstrated leadership skills. This fund is only available to one student at a time, renewable for up to four years.

THE LENTIN SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Established by Scott Lentin
Provides scholarships of up to $10,000 to high school juniors and seniors demonstrating financial need who have completed secondary school and are enrolling in full-time undergraduate degree programs or vocational programs at accredited nonprofit colleges or universities. Preference given to applicants of any faith connected to the Jewish community and first-generation college students.

THE BENJAMIN D. AND MIRIAM PESSIN EDUCATION ASSISTANCE FUND
Established in memory of Benjamin D. Pessin and Miriam Pessin by members of their immediate family
Provides $2,500 scholarships to qualified Jewish students demonstrating scholastic achievement and financial need pursuing a business degree.

THE RUTH GREENBERG MEMORIAL FUND FOR RABBINICAL TRAINING
Established by the late Ruth Greenberg
Provides $2,500 scholarships for rabbinical training for St. Louis residents demonstrating financial need and intent to pursue a career in the rabbinate.

THE SAM A. KESSLER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Established by friends of the late Sam A. Kessler
Provides a $1,000 scholarship for a local law school student demonstrating financial need and a willingness to contribute their time and talent to the Jewish community. Applicants must have resided in the St. Louis metropolitan area for no less than 10 years.

THE RICHARD L. LEVIS, JR. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Established in memory of Richard L. Levis, Jr. by his widow, Barbara Rosen
Provides up to $1,000 in scholarship money to Missouri area college or university students demonstrating scholastic achievement and financial need.

THE BLANCHE AND IRVING MILLER SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Established through a bequest from the estate of Blanche and Irving Miller
Provides $1,000 scholarships to deserving and qualified students enrolled in accredited colleges or universities who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in professional fields.

THE L. ALLEN ZORENSKY FINE ARTS LOAN FUND
Awards interest-free loans to students pursuing an education in fine arts or other arts at a post-secondary level at a recognized accredited academic institution. Loan recipients must sign a promissory note in which the recipient agrees to repay the loan, in full, within five years of graduation.