NHC Innovation Fund

What’s your dream for your Jewish community? The National Havurah Committee invites you to apply for an Innovation Fund Grant to enact it! You can apply for a grant of $300-1,000 for a range of projects, and the NHC can even connect you to human resources to provide guidance as you make your dream a reality. Last year, seven Innovation Fund grants supported retreats and events where over 160 people engaged in meaningful grassroots Jewish activities, including Jewish learning, developing service-leading skills and learning new melodies, and community-building shabbatons. The Innovation Fund also provided essential seed support to an online repository of service-leading melodies and to “Jerusalem Unfiltered,” a multimedia educational website about Jerusalem’s many communities. First-timers, risk-takers, ideas large and small, and collaborations with other groups are encouraged!

WHAT CAN I PROPOSE?

Proposal must align with one or more elements of the NHC’s stated mission and vision:  THE NATIONAL HAVURAH COMMITTEE (NHC) is a network of diverse individuals and communities dedicated to Jewish living and learning, community building, and tikkun olam (repairing the world). For over 30 years, the NHC has helped Jews across North America envision a joyful, grassroots Judaism, and has provided the tools to help people create empowered Jewish lives and communities.

Proposals in any of the following categories will be considered:

· Events such as a retreat, program of Jewish learning, culture, holiday celebration, social justice campaign or program, etc. [events can be in-person or virtual/online]

· Training or capacity-building for community members

· Production or distribution of resources such as the Resource Website, NHC journal or newsletter, expert consulting, etc. that will benefit the havurah community

· Ongoing programs such as a discussion group, service project, Jewish learning course, artistic project, etc.

· Reviving or enhancing a current or past program or initiative of the NHC

· Collaborations with other groups whose activities align with the NHC’s mission

· Programs that enhance the Summer Institute or a regional retreat

To apply, read “Details and Application” below and submit your application to nhcinnovationfund@havurah.org by January 24, 2014!

Questions? Email nhcinnovationfund@havurah.org

DETAILS AND APPLICATION

Proposals may be targeted at one havurah/ minyan/ independent or synagogue-based Jewish community, but we encourage programming to be open to the broader community. One of the applicants must have attended at least one NHC Institute or regional retreat in the past and are encouraged to attend the 2014 Institute if possible. We encourage collaboration, co-sponsorship, and partnerships with other groups.

Grantees must maintain monthly contact with their designated project contact person and must submit a brief end-of-project report in addition to documentation of their expenditures (receipts, invoices, etc.). We will encourage grantees to collect and include collect stories, videos, photos, blogs, quotes, etc. and share their reports in a multi-media form that captures the experiences and learning of participants.

If one of the applicants will be paid for work or services through the grant, he/she must submit the application with at least two other co-applicants and/or include a "letter of support" from a representative of the community that will benefit from the project. The person being paid for work or services should not be the main applicant for funds.

Acknowledgment of NHC Support: If the proposal involves an in-person program, the NHC’ s support should be acknowledged in an announcement during the program. If possible, NHC Institute promotional materials should be distributed at the program. If the proposal involves written or web resources, a written acknowledgment of the NHC’s support should be included.

Applicants may request anywhere from $300-$1,000 based on the needs of their project. If you request more than $500, please include how you will raise “matching” funds from some other source or combination of sources, whether fees charged to participants, grants or fundraising from other sources, or funds from a collaborating organization or the budget of the sponsoring organization. Recipients will be asked to return any funds unused within 1 year of the awarding of the grant or any funds that are not used for the purposes outlined in your proposal.

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APPLICATION: Please answer the following questions in a maximum of 3 pages in a Word document or PDF (.doc, .docx, .pdf) and submit it to nhcinnovationfund@havurah.org by January 24, 2014.

1.)    Name & contact information of project lead or leads

For each individual: full name, email address, phone number, physical address, what year(s) you have attended the NHC Summer Institute or a Regional Retreat in the past. Only one applicant needs to have attended an NHC event in the past. If one of the applicants will be paid for work or services through the grant, he/she must co-submit the application with at least two other applicants and include a "letter of support" from a representative of the community that will benefit from the project. The person being paid for work or services should not be the main applicant for funds.

2.)    Purpose and goals of project:  1-2 paragraphs

·         Why is this project needed in your community? OR How will it benefit your community?

·         How do the project’s goals align with the mission and vision of the NHC (see above)?

·         How might the NHC be promoted positively through the program?

3.)    Criteria for success: 1 paragraph

If your project is successful, what positive impacts will you see? Please think in terms of both “outputs” (number of programs, number of new people who lead services due to training) and “outcomes” (services will be more engaging and musical; new community members will feel more welcome). How will your community be different if your program is successful?

4.)    Project Detail: 1-2 paragraphs OR may be written out as a timeline or chart

Briefly describe the who, what, where, when, and how of implementing the project as you envision it, including a timeline of the steps of the project, when you expect specific events or stages of the project to take place, and when and how you expect to spend funds.

5.)    Partnerships (optional, if applicable):  1 paragraph

Will the project be a partnership among several groups/institutions or rely upon funding or support from multiple groups or institutions? We encourage collaboration! If applicable, please explain the relationship between the stakeholders and whether or not the other group has committed to the project yet. 

6.)    Skills, Knowledge, and Experience: 1 paragraph

·         What are the skills, knowledge, and experience that the project leads or other stakeholders bring to the project?  

·         The NHC can also connect you to human resources in our community to provide support for implementing your project. If you would be interested in such support, what kinds of skills, knowledge, and experience would you look for to help you implement a successful project?

7.)    Budget:

·         How much funding are you requesting, and what will the funding be used for? Please include a projected budget.  

·         If you are requesting more than $500, please include how you will raise “matching” funds from some other source or combination of sources, whether fees charged to participants, grants or fundraising from other sources, or funds from a collaborating organization or the budget of the sponsoring organization.

·         Recipients will be asked to return any funds unused within 1 year of the awarding of the grant or any funds that are not used for the purposes outlined in your proposal.

·         Please collect receipts and invoices for the final report.

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