Apply now for Berman Jewish Family Education (JFE) Grants

July 3, 2014 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

The Jewish Family Education Project of Metropolitan Detroit is proud to be celebrating 15 years in 2015! Jewish family education programming has been around and strong for more than 25 years in our amazing community!

» Click here for the online 2015-16 Berman JFE Grant Application.

As you cannot save your information on the application, it is suggested that you first print it out, write out the answers to the questions and then go back online to fill it out.

» Click here to download a PDF of the grant application for reference.

JFE Project funding and support has been great for congregations and agencies that are able to support a part-time or full-time JFE. However, there are many congregations and agencies that do not have a JFE, and have been unable to create and implement JFE programming due to financial and staffing limitations. Thanks to the 5th year of generous grants from the Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Foundation, JFamily is able to continue bringing Jewish family education funding to more institutions than ever before.

Who qualifies for a JFE grant

Any congregation or agency that creates and implements approved programming that is Jewish, educational and family-centered. Non-funded Jewish Family Education sites and collaborative efforts will receive priority for funding over funded sites.

Themes for the year

Federation’s JFamily (Jewish Experiences for Families,) a department of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, is privileged offer the community an opportunity to apply for the Berman Jewish Family Education Grants for the 5th year. The grants will be given to institutions and organizations that create new & innovative programs and experiences for families within the given themes.

The themes for 2015-2016 grants, with descriptions are as follows:

  1. JFE in the D – up to $1,000 per program
    Jewish family education programs/experiences in the City of Detroit.
  2. Open Space Programming  – up to $1,000 per program
    Jewish family education programs/experiences held at a neutral/secular venue
    (ie: the Detroit Zoo, DIA, Detroit Historical Museum, etc.).
  3. PJ Library / PJ Our Way Programming and Recruitment- up to $1,000
    Ongoing Jewish family education programs/experiences for PJ Library families with the intention to  recruit and connect PJ Library families to the community.
  4. Family Camp- $2,000

Up to $2,000 towards family camp at the Butzel Conference Center. Grant is to be used only for needs-based scholarships for families. Preference for family camp grants will be given to sites that did not receive funds in the last funding cycle (2014-2015).

Grant Deadlines:

  • Berman JFE Grant Writing Meeting |  Thursday, April 23, 1-2 pm (optional, RSVP required)
  • Berman JFE Grants Due |  Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 6 pm
  • Grant Notification Letters |  Mailed out the first week of June

Required program elements to qualify for a grant

Each program must include the following three areas: the J, the F and the E! Jewish in content, involves the Family with a strong Educational component. Programs also must show how JFE extends beyond the program, to the home or in the community (ie: a “take home” piece, a follow up e-mail, etc).

FAQs
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Suggested Check List for the Berman JFE Grant Process
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Application / Brainstorming Assistance

For either option, please eMail Lisa or call 248.205.2534.

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