$85,000 for One BIG Idea

The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati is providing a new round of funding for its Jewish Innovation Funds program. A total of $85,000 in funding will support One Big Idea (or maybe two) that is collaborative in nature and has the potential to transform some aspect of Cincinnati’s Jewish community. In addition to significant funding, the Jewish Innovation Funds will back the selected project with increased coaching support and a cohort of mentors.

“We want to fund one big idea with a bold vision for Jewish Cincinnati,” said John Stein, one of the members of the giving circle for Jewish Innovation Funds. “Our seven grantees have achieved amazing, diverse successes. And for our third year, we wanted to do something more: to inspire everyone to innovate at a whole new level.”

Designed to encourage strategic growth and creative program development in Cincinnati’s Jewish community, the social innovation grants have funded seven different initiatives to date. These include the David Project, which builds support for Israel among student leaders at the University of Cincinnati; Moniek’s Legacy, an innovative Holocaust education project; Six Points Collective, a grassroots “pop-up” organization for millennials that explores Judaism and spirituality; and Ish, the Israeli-Jewish festival that took place last September in Washington Park.

Both organizations and individuals are invited to learn more and apply for the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati’s Jewish Innovation Funds at jewishcincinnati.org/innovation. The deadline for proposals is April 25. Those interested are encouraged to contact Ariel Weiss, Campaign Director, at 513-985-1594 or at aweiss@jfedcin.org for advice in strengthening their proposals.