Following the success of Rounds 1 and 2 of Sparks: The Clore Jewish Development Fund, the Clore Duffield Foundation is now accepting applications for Round 3. The Fund is a national initiative to support Jewish communities outside London. The Foundation is the founder of the JCC for London, a non-religious community center inspired by similar centers in the USA and Europe. Sparks celebrates the creation of the capital’s first JCC and mirrors its ambitions and ethos.

Grants will be available to fund innovative cultural, educational and community development projects including events, outreach, interfaith activity and capacity building programs. Applicants are encouraged to approach this funding opportunity in creative and imaginative ways. Professional, non-professional and community organizations are welcome to apply. They are open to applications from non-Jewish organizations if projects fall within the criteria. The applicant needs to be a registered charity, a limited company or school – or has a partner who falls into one of these categories. Other organizations may be exempt, so check the criteria on the website carefully.

If you are looking for inspiration, check the JCC London’s website for this season’s initiatives and the kind of projects they might be interested in funding. Full criteria, a simple application form and guidance notes are also available on the website.

The Fund, with £100,000 available each year, accepts applications once a year. It is now open with a closing date of 30 April 2009.

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