PRIORITIES FOR GRANT MAKING AND AREAS OF FOCUS
Grants are awarded to meet a variety of physical, mental and social needs of Jewish seniors.
CFJS desires to support new, innovative, community-based programs. CFJS invites potential grantees to help develop methods to identify underserved Jewish seniors.
In 2021 CFJS has a strong interest in funding programs that maintain our values and focus on:
- Long term community impact
- Collaboration with other local organizations
- Participant involvement in social services (volunteer or financial)
- Applicant organization showing their financial commitment to the program
- Specific qualitative and quantitative outcomes such as numbers served and measurable impact on their lives
- Uniqueness (non-duplicative of other area programs or services)
- Competent grant management and program oversight
In 2021 there are 2 priority categories (see the complete grant application and instructions for more information and examples):
1. Programs that we have highlighted as Health and Wellness
2. Socialization Programs
CFJS welcomes grant requests from nonprofit organizations that:
- Are classified as a 501(C)(3) charitable organization as determined by IRS regulations, unless you are affiliated with another tax-exempt organization such as local government, school or synagogue
- And serve Jewish adults in North and South Carolina
GENERAL GRANT PROPOSAL STRATEGY
- No more than 5 proposals may be submitted by an organization in a particular grant cycle. Each proposal must be for different programs. The applications MUST be ranked in order of funding preference.
- Grants will vary in size and typically do not exceed $10,000. Guidelines will allow a grant of up to $50,000 if the program is within the “Health and Wellness” category. This increased amount recognizes the cost of providing service in these areas.
- One-year grants will be awarded.
- Grant awards are based on the merit of the program, its potential impact, how well it meets the priorities and focus area of CFJS, availability of funds and quality of the application.
- Awards for ongoing operational support of an organization are very limited and discouraged. Preference is given to organizations that use grant funds for direct services to Jewish seniors rather than maintaining program operations.
- Preference is also given to organizations using matching funds or partial funding from their organization, an outside organization or foundation, i.e., leverages its resources.
- Preference will be given to those organizations that comply with grant guidelines, reporting requirements and achieve positive outcomes.
- The grant cycle is July 1 to June 30.
THE AL HERMAN ANNUAL GRANT TO PROVIDE FOOD RELIEF FOR THE JEWISH NEEDY
CFJS designates one grant annually to be awarded in memory of Al Herman, Past President and long-time supporter of the Blumenthal Jewish Home as well as a past member of the CFJS Board. In the event that none of the grant requests address food relief for the Jewish needy, the Board will, at its discretion, designate an alternate grant in memory of Al Herman.
THE JEROME MADANS AWARD
CFJS designates a grant(s) from the Charlotte, NC area annually to be awarded from a special endowment fund created by the Madans family after the passing of long standing board member Jerome Madans.
NO GRANTS ARE MADE TO INDIVIDUALS FOR ANY PURPOSE.
CFJS resources cannot be used for:
- The cost of nursing home care or other residential or medical care costs.
- Support of substantial construction, renovation, or capital campaigns.
- Partisan or “for-profit” organizations.
- Political purposes or contributions.