BJCF Announces 2014 Grants

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The Boulder Jewish Community Foundation (BJCF) was founded in 1995 with a mission to create “a gathering place where Jewish life will flourish.” 

Early in our history we:

  • acquired facilities for a Jewish preschool (1996),
  • acquired a much larger facility for the Boulder Jewish Community Center (1999),
  • raised $1 million for an endowment to support future operational (space) needs of the Boulder Jewish community, with the support of the Rose Community Foundation and the Allied Federation of Colorado (2002),
  • spun off the Boulder Jewish Community Center into an independent charity (2005),
  • helped incubate the:
    • Boulder Jewish Community Calendar
    • Boulder Jewish News
    • Boulder Community Career Network

We have continued to expand our support to Jewish charities throughout Boulder County. The 2014 grants – totaling $15,160 – were made to 19 organizations (see table below).

BJCF grant overview:

  • The Boulder Jewish Festival, Boulder JCC, and Boulder Jewish News received grants that were towards the higher end of the range as they fulfill broad community needs.   The Boulder Jewish Festival Grant helps provides a “Tent” for all the Jewish organizations in the community.  The Boulder JCC Grant assisted the Boulder JCC in their Capital Campaign and the grant to the Boulder Jewish News helped to create and sustain a Community Calendar.    
  • Ten synagogues, the Boulder Mikvah, the 9 Health Fair @Boulder JCC, Boulder’s Chicken and Goat Coops, Hadassah, Haver, Menorah Adult Education, Jewish Family Services and JT Boulder received funding for space grants.

Since our organization currently has no employees and all work (including annual tax preparations) is performed on a volunteer basis, all funds available for allocation (100%) are distributed to community organizations. Overhead fees are absent!

BJCF is a co-sponsor of Jewish-Together Boulder and solicits individual donations and make additional grants in support of local Jewish collaborations. These donations often qualify formatching grants (which in 2014 was at a 2:1 ratio). The goal of our grants is to foster collaboration and strengthen community services.

BJCF also supports “out of the box” types of projects, such as:

  • Incubation of new startups (i.e., the Jewish Community Career Network).
  • Underwriting community fundraising events.
  • Leadership Initiatives.

The Boulder Jewish Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible. If you’re interested in supporting additional activities of the BJCF, contact BoulderJewish@gmail.com.

Organizations and Programs receiving 2014 grants include:

  • 9 Health Fair @ Boulder JCC
  • Adventure Rabbi
  • Beth Ami
  • Boulder Jewish Community Center
  • Boulder Jewish Festival
  • Boulder Jewish News
  • Boulder Mikvah
  • Boulder Orthodox Synagogue
  • Boulder Jewish Chicken Coop
  • Boulder Goat Coop
  • Chabad at C. U.
  • Chabad Center of Longmont
  • Congregation Bonai Shalom
  • Congregation Har Hashem
  • Congregation Nevei Kodesh
  • Hadassah
  • Haver
  • Jewish Family Services
  • Jewish Together – Boulder (Leadership Initiative)
  • Judaism Your Way
  • Lemon Tree Peace Walk
  • Lubavitch of Boulder
  • Menorah

How To Double Your Donation Dollars

The Boulder Jewish Community Foundation is excited to announce a new matching fund opportunity. For a limited time, all donations to the BJCF will be matched, dollar for dollar – including multiyear pledges.

This matching grant is to is to encourage collaborative and inclusive programs for the Boulder County Jewish Community.

Double Your Donation Dollars – Act Now!

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Grant Process for 2014 – Deadline for Requests July 11, 2014

General Information

To apply for a grant from the Boulder Jewish Community Foundation (BJCF), please create a one-page written request and submit it to boulderjewish@gmail.com. The request should include the following information:

  • Organization name, address, phone, and url
  • Contact name, title, phone and email
  • Name of program/project
  • Amount of funds requested
  • Description of how the grant will be used
  • The anticipated impact of the program/project
  • Information on how the program/project will be evaluated
  • The budget for the program/project and the amount of funds already secured
  • The completion date of the program/project and the completion date of the evaluation of the program/project

The deadline to submit an application is July 11, 2014. All applicants will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation email by July 14, 2014, please resubmit your request no later than July 18, 2014 with “Resubmission” in the title line.

Funds will be awarded in September 2014 for spending on projects in the 2014-2015 grant cycle

Types of Support

  • Assistance with the underwriting of the facility costs of a planned fundraiser or event
  • The improvement or upgrade of your facility
  • Development or improvement of your online presence

We strongly encourage, and will give priority to, grant requests for funds that will be used for matching grant purposes on at least a dollar-for-dollar basis.

Before Applying, Please Note

  • All grantees must be located in / or have a location in Boulder County, Colorado
  • All grantees must have proof of IRS federal tax exempt status or have a fiscal agent/fiscal sponsor with proof of IRS federal tax exempt status.
  • By submitting an application and accepting grant funds, you agree to provide the BJCF with a brief evaluation on the use of the funds and any matching amounts received.

If you have any questions regarding this application or the grant process, please contact the BJCF at boulderjewish@gmail.com

Thank you for your time and effort in submitting a request.