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Shape your Jewish New York:

A Community for Everyone

It’s UJA’s 100th birthday!

We’ve spent 100 years innovating with our supporters and partners to tackle problems head-on. Together, we’re improving the lives of those who need us most. Caring for Jews everywhere and New Yorkers of all backgrounds. And strengthening our Jewish future — here in New York, in Israel, and around the world.

At 100, we’ve learned that we’re never too old to try new things. So for the first time in a century, we’re taking our commitment to responding to the needs in our community to a whole new place — right here, online.

The Big Idea:

This spring, we’ll be awarding $250,000 to advance one “big idea.” Deciding who gets this funding is up to you. Voting will take place entirely online, open and accessible to all. Anyone in our community who wants a vote, gets a vote. So join the party and use your voice. 

Small nonprofits and fiscally sponsored projects are encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is May 19, 2017. Ideas that move onto the next round will be asked to submit a formal proposal.

Here’s how it’s going to work: Idea > Vetting > Voting > Change

We’re looking for an idea with the potential to transform how we live together as a Jewish community. Tell us how you might answer one (or more!) of the following questions:  

  • How can we be fully inclusive of the 50,000 Jews in the New York area who live in LGBTQ households?
  • How can we engage the 10% of Jews in the New York area who live in bi-racial or multi-racial households?
  • How can we build bridges to the 700,000 Jews in New York who live in households in which one or more adults were foreign-born?
  • How can we give the 125,000 Jewish households that struggle with disabilities the opportunity to participate more easily in every aspect of Jewish life?
  • Or, suggest an answer to a question we haven’t even thought to ask, but will move forward a vision for a more open, inclusive, accessible, and welcoming Jewish community.

Your proposal should clearly articulate your vision and how you will create, design, and execute the idea that will enhance the character of our community.

Vetting: Once we get your proposals, we’ll vet them for feasibility and eligibility, and select a group of projects as finalists for the grant.

Voting: The ideas that meet these criteria will be put out to the community for a final vote.

Change: We’re optimistic that with the right idea, change is possible, and tomorrow’s community will be even better than today’s. As our second century unfolds, we know that it will take innovative, daring ideas to move us forward. 

So be bold. Be creative. Shape your New York.  


Applications are now closed. Thank you for your interest.