Inclusion Microgrant Application

Overview & Requirements

The Jewish Abilities Alliance (JAA) is pleased to pilot a microgrant program to fund inclusion projects in Jewish Atlanta. We invite camps, synagogues, schools and other Jewish agencies to apply for funding to kickstart inclusion initiatives, such as inclusion programs, supplies or physical accommodations.

We are looking for projects that demonstrate a new, innovative approach to inclusion and provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities to access Jewish life and community in Atlanta. Grantees will be selected by a committee of inclusion professionals based on the project’s effectiveness in innovation, impact, leadership and organization. Grantees will be notified via email.

To receive this grant, you are required to:

  • demonstrate that you are making use of the tools we offer (take part in JAA community meetings, support and trainings provided by JAA, etc.)
  • demonstrate how your idea or project will create opportunities for inclusion of individuals with disabilities in the Jewish community
  • launch your project within 3 months of receiving the award
  • complete required post-project follow up (see below)
  • demonstrate that your idea facilitates (new) partnerships and collaboration within the community

Other eligibility notes:

  • Funded projects must serve the greater community or a group of community members. Projects designed to serve an individual will not be selected.
  • Microgrants cannot cover staffing costs.
  • All funded projects must be driven by a community agency – JAA is available to assist in developing partnerships around projects

 

Selection, Process & Award

Award Date: June 21. The selected applicants will be notified by email. Acceptance letter will include expectations of launch date, stipulate logo usage, and required follow-up.

Required project follow-up:

  • An initial meeting within the first month of receiving the grant with the JAA team to discuss implementing the project
  • Once implemented, a meeting or site visit with JAA to show the project in action
  • Participate in shared community conversation with a cohort of other grantees
  • The grantee will share the project with the greater community at a JAA partner gathering in fall 2019, highlighting the experience implementing the project, successes, difficulties, impact and outcomes

Timeline & How to Apply

  • Applications open online April 15
  • Contact jaa@jewishatlanta.org to request application
  • Submission Deadline: May 15
  • Award Date: June 21
  • Award Ranges: up to $1,500
  • Number of grants: 1-10 microgrants will be awarded this round

 For questions, please contact JAA: jaa@jewishatlanta.org.

 

Application Questions

  • Contact & Organization Information.
  • Project Description. Provide a concise description of your inclusion project in 1-2 sentences.
  • Focus/Need. How will your project impact inclusion of individuals with disabilities in Jewish Atlanta, or make it possible for your organization to better serve individuals with disabilities? How do you know that this need exists?
  • Inspiration and Uniqueness. What is unique or innovative about your idea for your organization? Why is your project idea more likely to make an impact than your organization’s current approach? How doers it enable your organization to address inclusion in a new way?
  • Target Audience & Participation. Describe the target audience or neighborhood your project will engage and how they will participate in the project. How many people will be engaged by your project activities? How is the concept relevant to the Jewish community? How will you involve people with lived experience?
  • Implementation & Timeframe. Provide a plan of action with key dates/milestones, program activities and launch in 2019. Specify how you plan to overcome anticipated challenges.
  • Budget. What do you think you need to move forward with your idea or project? Clearly define how the requested funding will be used, as well as the anticipated project expenses. How will you sustain this project after the initial grant funding is exhausted?
  • Goals, Outcomes, and Measures of Success. What are your principal goals for the project? What outcomes will you achieve in the community and for your target audience? What are your measures of success?
  • Geography. List the neighborhoods, communities, and/or geographic regions where project activities will take place.
  • Connections, Collaborations, and Partnerships. What steps will you take to connect your idea to the work of other community inclusion initiatives or organizations?