BJCF Announces 2014 Grants


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

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

2015 Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

The Boulder Jewish Community Foundation (BJCF) is now accepting applications for 2015 Infrastructure Grants.  These grants are designed to support Boulder County Jewish organizations with infrastructure related needs.  These include, but are not limited to: assistance with underwriting of facility costs of an event; improvement or upgrade of a facility; or development or improvement of an online presence.

The BJCF has changed the grant application process for 2015. Grant applications are now best submitted online. Previous grantee organizations will receive an invitation containing a link to the online application.

First-time applicants must be pre-qualified to apply for a grant. To pre-qualify, please send an email to and include the following information:

  • Organization name and location
  • Contact name and email
  • Evidence of IRS tax-exempt status for requesting organization or fiscal sponsor

In 2014, the BJCF Infrastructure Grants assisted 22 organizations and allocated over $15,000. The awards ranged from $180 – $2,500.

The deadline to submit an application is 5pm on Monday, July 13, 2015. 

Funds will be awarded in September 2015 for spending on projects in 2015 – 2016.

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/sponsor with proof of IRS federal tax-exempt status
  • By submitting an application and accepting grant funds, the grantee agrees to provide the BJCF with a brief evaluation on the use of the funds and any matching amounts received

The BJCF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports the Boulder County Jewish community by providing funds to a number of social service agencies, programs, and organizations that care for people in need as well as sustain and enhance Jewish life. The mission of the BJCF has stayed the same since our inception in 1995 – To create a culture and environment where Jewish life will thrive for all members of the Boulder County Jewish Community. To find out more about the BJCF, how you can support the Boulder Jewish Community, or non-infrastructure related funding, please contact


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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