Jewish Experience Microgrants

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How the application and funding process works, and what grant recipients can expect: 

1. Your application must be submitted at least 6 weeks before your event or initiative will take place. You will be asked to upload a budget which includes projected revenues and expenses. 
2. Upon completion of the application, the applicant may be contacted by Federation staff if there are any additional questions regarding the application. 
3. Applications will be reviewed by the Microgrants Committee. The Committee Chair or staff will inform the applicant whether the application was successful, and if successful, the amount of the grant. 
4. A funding agreement between Federation and the grant recipient will be provided for review and signature.
5. Upon successful completion of the funded event or activity, the grant recipient will be required to provide the Federation with: 
Copies of receipts for event/initiative related costs
Copies of marketing materials demonstrating that Federation was clearly recognized for the provision of the grant, including print materials and social media market. 
A completed post-event survey.
6. Within 14 days from when the above mentioned materials are received, a cheque for the approved funds with be issued to the grant recipient.

FAQs (see below for NEW criteria!)

How are grant recipients selected?
A committee of community volunteers reviews application as they are received. The review committee includes people from various backgrounds and experiences in Jewish Ottawa, who are trained in the grant review process.  
What is the committee looking for?
 The review considers the following questions:
Does the initiative engage new people in Jewish life?
Is it meaningful and impactful for participants? Is it relevant and enjoyable?
Does the initiative fill a gap or appeal to an under-served population?
In addition to being a good idea, does the experience/project show collaboration with another organization or build synergies in the community?
Is there a clear action plan and budget?
What kinds of activities are eligible? NEW!***********
Applications from organizations that address connectivity and the need for tech, or tech support. 
Activities that foster and promote health and wellness, from a Jewish perspective. 
Innovative ways to expand the types of people engaged in community. This could be initiatives to combat racism, support inclusion of those with special needs, and other ideas that enable more people to feel welcome and be included in Jewish life.  
Backyard camps and informal summer activities that are infused with Jewish content. 
• Educational, recreational, cultural, religious, and other Jewish events
• One-time programs, conferences, courses
• Activities that fit with Federation’s mission: to advance and promote an exceptional quality of Jewish life; and its vision: a thriving Ottawa Jewish community that is inclusive, accessible, educated, and engaged
• Fundraising events are not eligible for funding
What are the eligibility requirements to be considered for funding?
Applications will only be accepted for consideration, if the following prerequisites are met and agreed to:
Applications have the ability to build affiliation and Jewish identity in the nation’s capital, engaging more people in Ottawa’s Jewish life 
Organization/individual agrees to administer necessary survey and/or reporting requirements
Organization/individual agrees to guidelines re: Federation logo and promotion as a funder, etc.