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Grants and Allocations

About Our Grants

UJA-Federation selects grant recipients that embody the organization's mission.

Grants and allocations are how UJA-Federation of New York transforms its mission into impact. For 2013-2014, UJA-Federation approved $131 million in funding, contributing to the vitality of Jewish life in New York, in Israel, and around the world. Recipients of our grants and allocations include nearly 100 human-service, relief, educational, and community-building agencies in UJA-Federation's network and other organizations, including a wide range of independent Jewish institutions and emerging Jewish organizations.

Grants and allocations fall into two categories, each equally important to our overarching impact: 1) targeted funding to agencies and programs based on strategic priorities and communal need, and 2) core operating support or unrestricted funding that allows each agency to determine where money needs to be spent. It's critical for the agencies' day-to-day operations and long-term planning.

Our funding enables these institutions to deliver services and invest in their ability to achieve a high level of success.

Reports of strategic directions and grants are published annually.

Learn how to apply for grants.

2013–2014

COJIR Request for Proposals – Congregational Engagement with Young Adults

The Commission on Jewish Identity and Renewal (COJIR) is making available a limited number of grants to congregations (including synagogues, minyanim and/or kehillot) that are interested in embarking on the meaningful engagement of Jews in their 20’s and 30’s who do not yet have families of their own. Congregations are encouraged to test new models, or to expand or build upon current efforts to attract and engage Jewish young adults. Grants are available to congregations located in the five boroughs of New York City: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens and the Bronx. Previous Congregational Engagement with Young Adults grantees are welcome to apply, though must do so for a different program or an expansion of the program that builds on previous successes.

Applications are due on Monday, May 12, 2014 to .

For more information contact Melanie Schneider at , or Ariella Goldfein at .

Synagogue Inclusion Ignition Grant

UJA-Federation’s Caring Commission and SYNERGY are thrilled to announce our Synagogue Inclusion Ignition Grant opportunity. With this award, we aim to inspire synagogues to think creatively about new programs, policies, infrastructures, or outreach activities that could be implemented to increase accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities. Complete a two-page proposal for the chance to win $10,000 for your new idea.

Riklis Prize in Agency Entrepreneurship

UJA-Federation of New York’s Jewish Communal Network Commission (JCNC) works to strengthen, empower, and advance a network of nearly 100 local Jewish agencies that, while serving their communities, also become the platform for achieving UJA-Federation’s strategic goals and directions. As nonprofits continue to face economic challenges, the JCNC is helping agencies introduce operating efficiencies, produce more contributed income, and improve their financial management practices. 

The Riklis Family, through UJA-Federation of New York, is offering the Riklis Prize in Agency Entrepreneurship. This prize will recognize initiatives in social enterprise that have the potential to serve a double bottom line of both a financial return to the nonprofit provider and a social return to the client or community being served.

The application deadline is March 31, 2014.