Looking for funding? The Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation manages several funds that provide funding through a competitive grant process. Check below to see if any of our participating funds meet your needs.
Louis Herman Memorial Fund
The Louis Herman Memorial Fund, a designated fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, is closed to applications for the 2020 grant cycle. The Louis Herman Memorial Fund has been used to support a variety of organizations in the Jewish community. Areas of particular interest to the Fund include:
- Promoting Judaism among children and youth
- Day school education
- Israel experience
- Technology in schools
While the fund does not place a limit on the dollar amount requested, historically most grant recipients have received grants of $5,000 – $20,000.
Special consideration will be given to new and innovative projects. Grants will not generally be awarded for regular operating budgets.
Grant finalists will be invited to give a brief presentation to the Louis Herman Memorial Fund Advisory Committee in June.
Mount Sinai Community Foundation
The MSCF funds one-time projects up to $10,000 that fulfill the MSCF’s mission to improve health, enhance well-being, or otherwise advance medical care for Minnesota residents. MSCF gives equal consideration to proposals that impact the Jewish and non-Jewish communities in Minnesota. MSCF is especially interested in proposals that provide innovative approaches for addressing health, well-being or medical care that might not be funded by other grant sources. MSCF also gives priority to identifiable, discrete projects that the Foundation may fund alone or with other funding partners.
Through the generosity of the Frances & Samuel Finkelstein/Janice Finkelstein Mattison Memorial Fund, one of the grants funded will be in the area of cancer research and education. Organizations interested in securing the designated Memorial funds, should address the connection to cancer research and education in their application.
The Howard B. & Ruth F. Brin Jewish Arts Endowment Fund
The Howard B. and Ruth F. Brin Jewish Arts Endowment Fund is awarding Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council a special three-year grant for its unique Artist Salon series. With a distinctive dialogue format, the Salons invite the public to meet artists explaining what inspires them and how they create their art. Rimon produces its Salon series for Jewish artists in an array of venues throughout the Twin Cities, each uniquely suited to its subject. The Brin Endowment’s funding will enable Rimon to commission new works of art specifically for one of the Salons in each of the three years.
This new grant to Rimon changes the nature of the 30 year-old Brin Endowment which previously had solicited annual applications. The Brin Endowment has awarded more than $150,000 to nearly 130 projects in support of Jewish arts in music, dance, theater, puppetry, literature, visual arts, photography and film.
The Toodie and Frank Trestman Special Needs and Collaborative Education Endowment
The Toodie and Frank Trestman Special Needs and Collaborative Education Endowment supports local efforts in two areas:
- Collaborative education: formal and informal Jewish education programs that involve collaboration between two or more organizations
- Special needs: increasing the ability of children and adults with special needs to participate in Jewish life and receive a Jewish education.
Women’s Endowment Fund
The Women’s Endowment Fund supports programs and projects that enhance the lives of women and children in the Jewish community and beyond.
2019 Grant Awards:
- Global Village Connect – In support of a farm, kitchen and scholarships for the Tikkun Olam Primary School, a private Jewish school in the Abayudaya Jewish Community of Uganda.
- National Council of Jewish Women – In support of NCJWcares including Food for Families; Books to Borrow; Periods Happen and Rapid Response Emergency Fund.
- Uprooted: A Jewish Response to Fertility Journeys – In support of programming to connect Jewish women who are facing fertility challenges with their communities.
- Minneapolis Jewish Federation – Funding for the 2019 Great Big Challah Bake