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Jewish Community Foundation Announces New Grant Opportunities for 2014

Jewish Community Foundation Announces New Grant Opportunities for 2014

The Jewish Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh is now accepting applications for 2014 grants.
The Foundation is making about $500,000 available in 2014 to fund one-time programs and projects that address vital human services, support lifelong Jewish learning, and create a vibrant and dynamic Jewish community in Pittsburgh. The Foundation gives special consideration to projects that advance quality and access in the areas of Jewish education, teens/camping, and Israel travel. Grants typically range from $10,000 to $25,000.
Non-profit organizations working to address these goals are invited to apply. The grant application must be submitted by 5pm on Monday, March 3rd for consideration in the main spring grant cycle. Awardees will be notified in June. Applicants may request expedited review in cases where grant decisions and/or funds are needed before July 1, 2014.
"The Jewish Community Foundation leverages Federation's Annual Campaign by addressing one-time needs and seeding new, innovative ideas to move our Jewish community forward,” said Daniel Brandeis, Foundation Director. "Some of the most exciting advancements in recent years in our community, particularly those centering on creating a vibrant, thriving community, started with strategic grants made by the Jewish Community Foundation."

Some examples of recent grants include:

  • $15,000 to support DVASH: Dynamic Vision for the Active Study of Hebrew that works with Hebrew Schools to develop inclusion and best practices for Hebrew reading instruction.  DVASH applies a multi-sensory approach to Hebrew language acquisition to improve education for students with and without disabilities. 
  • $37,250 to support the Community Scorecard Project's research to make community performance more visible to the general public with the explicit intent of providing information that will improve communal decision making. 
  • $17,000 to help open Pittsburgh's Moishe House, which provides meaningful home-based Jewish experiences to young adults in their twenties. 
  • $30,000 to the Squirrel Hill Health Center for a new partnership with AgeWell Pittsburgh to widen and further integrate the community's services that keep frail older adults living safely and independently. Funds support integration of client assessment and screening procedures and joint outreach to frail, at-risk older adults. 
  • $20,000 to perform energy audits to help 11 local Jewish agencies identify ways to save money and reduce their environmental footprint.
  • $10,000 to support Pittsburgh Ballet Theater's participation in the 25th Annual Karmiel Dance Festival.
  • $15,000 to support RESHET, which provides high-quality education and facilitation services through the Agency for Jewish Learning to help area synagogue professional and lay leadership infuse their congregations with exciting programs that meaningfully engage adults and families.

The Jewish Community Foundation, the planned giving arm of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, enables donors to create permanent endowment funds that address community needs in perpetuity.  Total Foundation assets currently stand at over $190 million.  The Foundation helps bring to fruition the philanthropic goals and dreams of more than 1,000 individuals, families and organizations.
For more information about the Foundation, grantmaking priorities or the application process, please contact Joshua Donner at or 412-992-5263 or Ilene Rinn at or 412-992-5213.

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