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

 

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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.

 

Core Investments
  • Focus: Core Investments are significant investments aligned with the Jewish Federation’s Core Commitments and priorities. Closer relationships and additional oversight, including an organization assessment, will be developed for recipients of Core Investments.
  • Who can apply: By invitation only
  • How to apply: Spectrum online portal – name of opportunity: Core Investment Proposal
  • Timing: Applications open early January 2020; for organizations who received a one-year investment in 2019, applications close February 20, 2020; for organizations who received a multi-year commitment in 2019, evaluation reports are due March 5, 2020; decisions communicated no later than July 1, 2020
  • Contact: Emily Bornstein, EBornstein@JFedSTL.org, 314-442-3762

 

Priority Outcome Investments
  • Focus: Priority Outcome Investments are restricted investments made to initiatives and programs that aim to achieve outcomes within Federation’s identified priority areas. 
  • Who can apply: Nonprofit organizations aligned with the mission of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis; during the spring 2020 cycle, by invitation only.
  • How to apply: Spectrum online portal – name of opportunity: Priority Outcome Investment Proposal
  • Timing: Cycle 1 (by invitation only) – Applications open early January 2020; for organizations who received a one-year investment in 2019, applications close February 20, 2020; for organizations who received a multi-year commitment in 2019, reports are due March 5, 2020; decisions communicated no later than July 1, 2020. Cycle 2 (open to new proposals) – Applications open summer 2020; applications close fall 2020; decisions communicated in late December 2020.
  • Contact: Emily Bornstein, EBornstein@JFedSTL.org, 314-442-3762

 

Day School Funding Formula
  • Focus: Provides $1,000 per student and an additional $500 per new student each year to Jewish day schools in St. Louis
  • Who can apply: Members of the Day School Funding Pool
  • How to apply: Spectrum online portal
  • Timing: Student census due early fall
  • Contact: Lori Kabrun-Berry, LKabrun-Berry@JFedSTL.org, 314-442-3828

 

Staenberg Family Foundation
  • General support and event sponsorships:
    • Focus: Highest funding priority is supporting services, projects and programs directed toward creating a thriving Jewish community. Other significant areas of interest are services, projects and programs relating to infrastructure, arts and culture, children, education, and medical research, which work toward the betterment of the St. Louis metropolitan area.
    • Who can apply: Nonprofit organizations that align with the Foundation’s mission and priorities
    • How to apply: Spectrum online portal – name of opportunities: 2019 Staenberg Family Foundation Event Sponsorship; 2019 Staenberg 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: 2020 Anything Grant
    • Timing: Applications open May 4, 2020; applications close June 18, 2020; decisions communicated in July 2020
    • Contact: Nava Kantor, NKantor@JFedSTL.org, 314-442-3814

 

Lubin-Green Foundation
  • Focus: Supporting projects and programs within the St. Louis Jewish community (especially for children and seniors) as well as international Jewish causes
  • Who can apply: By invitation only
  • How to apply: Spectrum online portal – name of opportunity: 2020 Lubin-Green Application
  • Timing: Applications are rolling and reviewed one to two times per year
  • 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: 2021 Kranzberg Family Foundation
  • Timing: Applications open October 1, 2020; applications close November 12, 2020; decisions communicated in December 2020
  • Contact: Nava Kantor, NKantor@JFedSTL.org, 314-442-3814

 

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 – name of opportunity: 2020 Women’s Auxiliary Foundation for Jewish Aged
  • Timing: Applications open January 30, 2020; applications close March 20, 2020; decisions communicated by the end of April 2020
  • 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: Tzivia Levin Kalmes, TLevinKalmes@JFedSTL.org, 314-442-3868

 

Bohm Fund
  • Focus: To provide seed money for new projects in Reform Jewish religious school settings
  • Who can apply: Local Reform congregations
  • How to apply: Spectrum online portal – name of opportunity: 2019 Bohm Fund
  • Timing: Applications open March 5, 2020; applications close April 30, 2020; decisions communicated in June 2020
  • Contact: Lori Kabrun-Berry, LKabrun-Berry@JFedSTL.org, 314-442-3828

 

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: Jean Cavender, JCavender@JFedSTL.org, 314-442-3715

Support for Individuals

Chesed Fund
  • Focus: To supplement the efforts of congregational rabbis to address the emergency financial needs of their congregants
  • Who can apply: Congregations in the Jewish Federation of St. Louis catchment area (within Missouri, not including Kansas City)
  • How to apply: Spectrum online portal – name of opportunity: Congregational Chesed Fund Follow Up
  • Timing: Follow up forms will open on May 18, 2020 and are due by June 29, 2020. Funds will be distributed on July 1 contingent on receipt of follow up form.
  • Contact: Lori Kabrun-Berry, LKabrun-Berry@JFedSTL.org, 314-442-3828

 

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
  • How to apply: Make an appointment with Financial Assistance Social Worker at Jewish Family & Children’s Service
  • Timing: Applications are rolling
  • Contact: Patricia Harris, Financial Assistance Care Manager at Jewish Family & Children’s Service, pharris@jfcs-stl.org, 314-513-1678

 

Jewish Loan Association
  • Focus: To provide interest-free loans of up to $3,000 to be repaid within 24 months. Proof of ability to repay the loan as well as co-signers are required. These loans are not intended to cover medical or education costs.
  • Who can apply: Individuals in the local Jewish community with low to moderate income
  • How to apply: Make an appointment with a Financial Assistance Social Worker at Jewish Family & Children’s Service
  • Timing: Applications are rolling
  • Contact: Patricia Harris, Financial Assistance Care Manager at Jewish Family & Children’s Service, pharris@jfcs-stl.org, 314-513-1678

 

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 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 & Children’s Service
  • 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 by making an appointment with a Financial Assistance Social Worker at Jewish Family & Children’s Service
  • Timing: Applications are rolling
  • Contact: Patricia Harris, Financial Assistance Care Manager at Jewish Family & Children’s Service, pharris@jfcs-stl.org, 314-513-1678

 

Academic Scholarships and Loans

Federation distributes a number of academic scholarships and interest-free loans to St. Louis area students, with a preference given to Jewish applicants unless indicated. A full list of opportunities is available here. Applications are open from January through mid-April each year.

Contact: Karen Sher, KSher@JFedSTL.org, 314-442-3824

 

Grants for Jewish Summer Camps

The One Happy Camper program provides $1,000 to 1st through 12th graders who have never been to Jewish overnight camp. The grant can be applied toward a minimum 19-day session at one of 150+ nonprofit Jewish summer camps. The program is a partnership between the Jewish Federation of St. Louis and the Foundation for Jewish Camp. Online applications are available here.

Contact: Beth Koritz, BKoritz@JFedSTL.org, 314-442-3776

 

Grants for Israel Travel

Federation’s Israel Center provides need- and incentive-based funding stipends for Israel travel, assistance for community members in choosing and planning trips, opportunities to accumulate designated funds from outside sources for children to have an Israel experience as a teen or young adult, and more. 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 & Children’s Service 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: Patricia Harris, Financial Assistance Care Manager at Jewish Family & Children’s Service, pharris@jfcs-stl.org, 314-513-1678