Inspiring Jewish engagement for all ages in Ottawa’s Jewish community.
The Fund provides grants of up to $20,000 (over a maximum of 2 years) aimed at bringing more people onto Ottawa’s Jewish Superhighway through intense programming and outreach. Both incorporated not-for-profits and local groups may apply to access funds that will enable them to deliver creative, exciting and engaging programming that contributes to the vibrancy of Jewish in Ottawa.
Goals of the Fund
• Build Jewish identity through significant, sustained and meaningful Jewish experiences; appealing to those already engaged, somewhat engaged and to those not yet engaged.
• Support organizations and groups to inspire Jewish engagement and affiliation for all ages through:
• New and creative events, programs, and initiatives, facilitating new programs to grow through access to funding for a maximum of 2 years
• Scaled-up successful programs/activities to increase their impact
• Initiatives serving multiple Jewish demographics in Ottawa, along the target program themes: vulnerable, educational, cultural and religious
Federation’s Desired Return on Investment (ROI)
• The program can demonstrate that it meets at least one of the following criteria: fills an unmet need in the community; serves the community in a new way; addresses an under-served group in the community.
• Minimum 15% of participants are new or relatively to your organization(s) (e.g., little or no previous involvement in the last 6 months)
• Minimum 75% of participants have a positive experience (as reported by grantees who distribute a simple and standard Federation survey to participants)
• Minimum 50% of participants in funded activity report that they now are more likely to participate in other Jewish community events/activities (as reported by grantees who distribute a simple and standard Federation survey to participants)
Two Streams of Funding
I. Funding for non-incorporated groups: One-time grants of up to $5,000 are available to help groups (including those not legally registered as not-for-profit) scale up their activities. Funding is available for the following purposes:
• To help scale up a program or organization previously funded by Microgrants, and able to demonstrate success in meeting engagement criteria for previous grants
• To help emerging groups build their capacity and scale up their organizations
II. Funding for incorporated non-profits: Grants for local Jewish not-for-profit organizations are available for up to $20,000 in total, disbursed over a maximum of two years, with a limit of$15,000 of funding per year. Funding will be allocated using a flexible approach; the funds can be divided over the 2 years, noting the limit of up to $15,000 in a given year. The 2-year funding will be allocated using a flexible approach; option include a progressively decreasing funding model in which the amount decreases each year, or funding that scales up over time to help seed a program.
Organizations may apply through this Fund for the same program up to a maximum of two times, and may apply for only one program per funding cycle.