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Study or Volunteer in Israel

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit’s unique Get There! program provides funding to help defray costs for trips to Israel, making it possible for more young people to experience a life-changing journey. Available for a wide variety of programs, Get There! travel grants help young Detroiters build a lasting foundation of Jewish identity.

The Get There! applications are now fully online. The links below will take you to the online portal where you can make an account, edit, view, and share your application in one easy place.

Federation currently offers two kinds of grants from the Get There! fund — an Incentive Grant and a Need Based Grant. You can only be awarded one, not both. Please find the eligibility requirements below.

» Questions? Email Jaime Bean at bean@jfmd.org or call (248) 205-2561.

Ben Teitel Incentive Grant: Click here.

Eligibility

  • Jewish resident of metropolitan Detroit (Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties)
  • Age Requirements: Applicants must be between the ages of 13 and 26
  • First time organized peer trip or educational program
  • Program 1 year or less
  • Recognized program to Israel or overseas approved by Federation’s Israel & Overseas Department
  • Not eligible: JFMD subsidized trips (including Taglit-Birthright Israel, NEXTGen, and Teen Mission), and previous Get There! Recipients

Based on funding availability applications will be reviewed for longer trips, non-first-time trips and for applicants through age 26.

Award Summary (based on length of program and funding availability):

  1. Up to 42 days $1,250
  2. 43 days – 1 year $1,500

Deadlines:
Due to our scholarship approval process, please allow 4-12 weeks to hear back from us. Please see dates below to know when to expect an answer.

  • Applications received between December 2nd and March 1st will hear by April 1st.
  • Applications received between March 2nd and June 1st will hear by July 1st.
  • Applications received between June 2nd and September 1st will hear by October 1st.
  • Applications received between September 2nd and December 1st will hear by January 1st.

Need Based Grant: Click here.

Eligibility

  • Jewish resident of metropolitan Detroit (Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties)
  • Ages 13-28
  • Trip must provide a Jewish educational experience. Does not have to be 1st time to Israel, Internships & volunteer programs do not qualify at this time. See Ben Teitel Incentive Grant for volunteer and internship programs.
  • Program 12 months or less
  • Recognized program to Israel or overseas approved by Federation’s Israel & Overseas Department
  • Proven financial need*
  • Not eligible: Taglit-Birthright Israel and previous Get There! Recipients

* All applicants will be required to complete a Personal Financial Statement and submit their most recent tax forms to the Israel & Overseas Department including: 1040(s) and State and Business Schedules (C, D, E), if applicable. Consideration may be given to extenuating circumstances.

Deadlines:
Due to our scholarship approval process, please allow 4-16 weeks to hear back from us. Please see dates below to know when to expect an answer.

  • Applications received between January and May will hear by the beginning of June.
  • Applications received between June and September will hear by the beginning of October.
  • Applications received between October and January will hear by the beginning of February.


» Apply to Get There!

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