Cornerstone Alumni Grants
Foundation for Jewish Camp is thrilled to announce that past participants in Cornerstone are eligible for grants to create Jewish experiences for their local communities. These grants could amount to as much as $1,500. In some cases, FJC will even help grantees plan the event!
FJC is dedicated to building leaders and amplifying Jewishness. The Cornerstone Fellowship is about building leaders and helping camp staff see themselves as Jewish educators. We aim to assist alumni of the program to take their ideas and experience even further, amplifying Jewishness in their communities, with the support of Cornerstone Alumni Grants.
Anyone who participated as a Cornerstone Fellow is eligible to apply. Consider teaming up with Cornerstone Alumni from your camp, other camps, or living around your region!
What kinds of experiences are these grants for?
The experience should be heavily influenced by Jewish content and planned for the applicant and/or their community (this may include friends, peers at school, teammates, work colleagues, etc.). Need some ideas? Here are a few below. The FJC team is happy to help you brainstorm other ideas to reach your goals!
Just a few possible ideas:
- Jewish Educational events
- Jewish social events
- Camp-style Shabbat at Hillel
- Film screenings
- Shabbat and Holiday celebrations
- Adding Jewish content to an existing social event
- Jewish Book Club
- Virtual Jewish learning opportunities
- Coordinating a Conference (for example: organizing a weekend Jewish Family Camp for people with young children)
- Campfire and S’mores Story Slam performance
- Theater outing and discussion
An FJC team member will consult with the applicant to help make this event a reality – each step of the way.
Will I have any support?
We love working with others, and if it makes sense for your experience to be held in partnership, talk to your local Hillel, Moishe House, JCC, synagogues, Federations, Reboot, OneTable, Honeymoon Israel, etc. (So many possibilities!)
How much are we talking about?
These grants will typically range from $500-$750. Several Cornerstone Alumni may combine as a team to apply for a larger grant sum, typically up to $1,500. (All amounts are in US Dollars.) If you have a bigger idea, please reach out to us – the grant amount may be negotiable in some cases!
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through February 1, 2017. Recipients must complete their event by April 1, 2017, unless otherwise agreed upon in the grant application acceptance/award letter. Two weeks following the program, all follow-up materials (like receipts and a short survey) and a Reflection Report sharing about your experiences are due to FJC. You may also be asked to submit pictures, video, a program write-up, or other related materials.
Why is FJC giving out these grants?
We know that experiencing Jewish camp has lasting effects long after being a camper or staff member. FJC wants to encourage, support and enable Cornerstone Alumni to be the initiators of those experiences, bringing their skills, knowledge, passion and enthusiasm to their communities beyond camp (be it home, school, synagogue, etc.).
How does this work?
Fill out an application online to tell us about the prospective Jewish experience, including an implementation plan, an idea of the Jewish content, and a list of resources. If accepted, an FJC team member will follow-up to discuss your plans and confirm the grant award.