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Innovation Fund Israel Engagement Grant


The Innovation Fund is the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County’s high-impact grants program that represents a new, forward thinking philosophy.

The Innovation Fund platform distributes grant dollars through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process to support mission-driven programs, and is outside of Federation’s conventional unrestricted allocations process. The desired outcome of the Innovation Fund program is to harness creative energy, encourage collaboration, and meet the challenges in our community in a new thinking and entrepreneurial spirit.

The Innovation Fund is seeking program ideas that raise awareness, support and connectivity to Israel locally in Palm Beach County. Applicants should submit innovative program proposals with a focus on celebrating Israel, its history, people and culture.

Apply for The Innovation Fund Israel Engagement Grant

General Guidelines & Eligibility

The Innovation Fund Israel Engagement Grant will provide one (1) year of seed-funding for an innovative new program or expansion of an existing approach that focuses on raising awareness and support for Israel locally. Applying organizations must be partner agencies of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, or other not-for-profit, tax-exempt organizations, and are strongly encouraged to develop collaborative projects with other Federation partners.

Funding Priority

Jewish Federation of Palm Beach county will consider proposals that are high impact and promote support of Israel and engagement within Federation’s service area (Boynton Beach in the South to Martin County in the North and Wellington to the West). Strong preference will be given to programs that bring Israel to life in our community.

Available Funding

Applicants may request up to $20,000, inclusive of administrative costs, for one (1) twelve (12) month grant period. Innovation Fund grants are considered one-time and non-renewable.

Scoring & Weighting

Grant applications will be reviewed by the Community Planning & Investments (CPI) committee using a scoring system that considers the following:

  1. Collaborative projects among two or more organizations
  2. Demonstrated opportunity or need for the program
  3. Power of innovative thinking
  4. Strength of plan for evaluation and measurement of program success
  5. Correlation between the budget and the proposed scope of work

While the above scoring will be used to guide the CPI committee’s decisions, meeting the above criteria does not guarantee that a program will be selected to receive a grant.

General Grant Requirements

Applicants will be required to submit an evaluation report on their finances and achievements within six (6) months of the start of the grant period, and then upon completion. Applicants should expect to provide detailed reports, as requested, of the progress of the grantee program during the duration of the grant period.

Timeline - Due Date

Final proposals must be emailed to Melissa Arden.

Any attachments that cannot be emailed must be post-marked on or before the deadline and mailed to:

Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County
c/o Melissa Arden 
4601 Community Drive
West Palm Beach, FL 33417

How to Apply

All applicants must submit the following in order to be considered for an Innovation Fund Israel Engagement Grant:     
The Innovation Fund Grant Application
Project Budget

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