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Grants to USA and Canada Jewish Education-Related Nonprofits, Institutions, and Agencies for Innovative Programs in Jewish Education

The 2023 Covenant Grants

GrantWatch ID# 168592

Funding Source
The Covenant Foundation
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Geographic Focus
Canada:Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Important Dates
LOI Date: 02/27/23
Deadline: 05/11/23 5:00 PM EST Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and Canada Jewish education-related nonprofit organizations, institutions, and agencies to assist educators in developing and implementing new and innovative approaches to Jewish education. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full proposal. These grants will provide funding to help creative Jewish educators develop and implement significant and financially responsible approaches to Jewish education that are potentially adaptable in other settings.

The Covenant Foundation grants provide funding to help creative Jewish educators develop and implement significant and financially responsible approaches to Jewish education that are potentially adaptable in other settings. Covenant Grants may also be awarded for projects whose purpose is to disseminate particularly effective existing programs.

There are two Covenant Grant categories: Ignition Grants and Signature Grants.

Ignition Grants are designed to explore new, untested ideas or to determine how established practices can become even more effective. An Ignition Grant is appropriate for an exciting idea that is not yet ready for a multi-year Signature Grant, perhaps because it is still in the planning stage or because the organization needs time to develop necessary capacity and expertise.


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Additional Eligibility Criteria
Any institutions, agencies, or organizations involved in the field of Jewish education (i.e. day schools, congregational schools, central agencies of Jewish education, Jewish community centers, summer camps, or museums) are eligible. Only a tax-exempt, non-profit organization may serve as the sponsoring organization of a Covenant Grant.

Covenant Grants will not be made to support feasibility studies, assessment studies, or basic research in Jewish education, nor will The Covenant Foundation contribute to capital expansion projects, student scholarships, or ongoing operating support.

Pre-Application Information
The application process is composed of two parts. First, applicants should submit a brief Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and background information about the applying organization. Letters of Inquiry must be received via the online portal by 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, February 27, 2023. The Covenant Foundation Grants Selection Committee will then review all Letters of Inquiry.

By mid-March 2023, the Committee will invite those applicants whose letters are judged to be most promising to submit Full Proposals. The Foundation must receive these proposals, the second part of the application process, via the online portal by 5:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, May 11, 2023. The Committee will also notify applicants not invited to submit Full Proposals by mid-March 2023. The Foundation will notify all those who submitted Full Proposals of the outcome of the Selection Committee’s deliberations in late December 2023.

Organizations may only submit one grant application per cycle. Although there are two Covenant Grant categories, Ignition and Signature, applicants should submit only one Letter of Inquiry in only one grant category in any given year.

Signature Grant Project Directors should be prepared to attend a two-day meeting of Project Directors in 2024 and each year thereafter for the duration of the grant.

Estimated Size of Grant
Typically Covenant Signature Grants do not exceed $150,000, with generally no more than $50,000 per year for up to three years. There is no minimum dollar amount associated with a Covenant Grant.

Applicants for Covenant Ignition Grants may request up to $20,000.

Term of Contract
- Typically Covenant Signature Grants are provided for up to three years.
- Applicants for Ignition Grants may request funding for one year.

Grants are generally not eligible for renewal at the end of the grant cycle.

Contact Information
Submit LOI online:

The Covenant Foundation
45 Rockefeller Plaza, Suite 2300
New York, NY 10111

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