Apply for up to $2,500 in funding!

Do you have a great idea that brings people in the Ottawa Jewish community together?


(Click on the FAQ button below to see new criteria!)


The Jewish Federation of Ottawa will fund new and creative initiatives that contribute to vibrant Jewish life. Federation will fund events, activities and programs that connect people, meet a unique need, and/or fill a gap in our Jewish community.  

Jewish Experience Microgrants support organizations and individuals to: 

• Develop new and creative engagement opportunities that build affiliation and Jewish identity, and engage more people in Jewish life;
• Inspire Jewish opportunities, including cultural, educational, recreational, and religious (varying denominations);
• Reach diverse geographic areas in the National Capital Region, and target any age group or multiple age groups. 

++ Scroll down to see photos from past Microgrant recipients! ++

Who can apply?
Individuals and Jewish organizations in Ottawa that serve the local Jewish community.

How do I apply?
Before you start your application, you can contact our helpful staff to discuss your idea. 
Contact Anne Read at for more info. Applications are accepted online.


When can I apply?
Apply at any time for a microgrant, the review process runs throughout the year.

Here are some of the past ideas that have received Federation Microgrants (formerly EG Grants).
Applicants are encouraged to be creative and have fun!
Shabbat @ Shopify: Shabbat dinner in the Byward Market for young professionals.
Community-Wide Chanukah Ball: Discounted tickets were subsidized for young adults wishing to attend the community-wide event.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Gala: Chabad program offering those who never had a bar or bat mitzvah the opportunity to do so in their later years.
Punk Jews: Film screening at ByTowne Cinema with a Q&A with the director.
Men’s Challah Bake: An opportunity for men to get together and make challah as part of the global Shabbat Project.
Monkey Business (Curious George Documentary Premiere): Film screening with crafts,  activities and refreshments for families. 
Community Havdalah at Stanley Park: Pizza and potluck dinner that included fun in the playground and splash pad, along with besamim crafts, brachas for Havdalah and singing.