JCRC seeks proposals for micro-grants

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War, the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis (JCRC) is accepting proposals for micro-grants to fund programs that “illuminate the discourse around Israel in our modern world,” according to a news release. “Israel was once a source of unity in our community; now, amid rising anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism, she has the potential to be a source of division.”

Proposals may be for one-time activities or short-term projects that are educational as well as spirited. “We encourage organizations, groups and individuals to create their own relevant programming that addresses and reflects on Israel over the past half-century,” the release stated. Micro-grant requests may range from $500 to $1,000 and programming must be completed during 2017. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. March 15.

Grants may be used to help defray the costs of:

• Program expenses, including speaker honoraria, film rights, equipment rental, etc. 

• Marketing expenses, including printing and online promotional costs. 


• Service support, including use of open captioning, sign language interpreter, use of Braille, assistive listening device, etc.

Grants cannot be used for funding of ongoing staff. Only one application per agency will be considered. Grantees will be required to complete a follow-up survey following completion of the activity.

Grants will be evaluated against the following criteria: 

• Potential to reach those in the Jewish community less engaged with Israel

• Diversity of viewpoints and constituencies represented

• Creativity of programming 

• Ability of grantee(s) to find alternative or matching funding.

Applications are available online at jcrcstl.org/micrograntapp. For more information, contact the JCRC at [email protected] or 314-442-3871. 

The micro-grant program is supported by the Kranzberg Family Foundation, Lubin-Green Foundation and Staenberg Family Foundation, which are supporting foundations of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.