INCLUSION MICROGRANT

After much consideration, we will be postponing our upcoming Inclusion Microgrant applications in April. We are currently evaluating our microgrant process in order to best serve the community’s current and upcoming needs. Requirements, planning and vision for Microgrants may shift as a result of these unprecedented times; we will keep the JAA community updated going forward so stay tuned!

Fall 2019 Funded Microgrant Projects:

Ahavath Achim Synagogue | Torah reading table
Beth Jacob Preschool | Sensory hall
Chaya Mushka Children’s House Elementary School | Flex seating
Congregation Beth Shalom | Sensory supplies
Congregation Shearith Israel | Door entry buttons
JKG Brookhaven | Sensory room
MJCCA | Chavurim shuk
PJ Library | Sensory supplies
Temple Sinai Noar Sunday | Sensory alcove
The Epstein School Early Childhood Program | Sensory playground

See a list of past funded projects.

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Overview & Requirements

The Jewish Abilities Alliance (JAA) is pleased to fund inclusion projects in Jewish Atlanta through our Inclusion Microgrant Program. 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 how your idea or project will create opportunities for inclusion of individuals with disabilities in the Jewish community
  • demonstrate that you are making use of the tools we offer (take part in JAA community meetings, support and trainings provided by JAA, etc.)
  • 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

Required project follow-up:

  • 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, highlighting the experience implementing the project, successes, difficulties, impact and outcomes

How to Apply

Timeline & How to Apply

Organizations may apply during the fall OR spring round. Organizations may apply for up to 3 projects, but only 1 project per agency per school year will be selected for funding.

Fall 2019 Spring 2020
  • Applications open November 1
  • Applications close November 30
  • Applicants notified by January 1
  • Applications open April 20
  • Applications close May 20
  • Applicants notified by June 19

Submit an application today. For questions, contact the Jewish Abilities Alliance at 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 does 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?
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