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Arts and Culture Community Impact Grant Fund

Calling all artists! Do you have a passion for creating artwork that explores Jewish identity?

Do you dream of sharing your art with the Greater Boston community?

CJP’s Arts and Culture Community Impact Grants help individuals and collaborative groups make their artistic visions a reality. Together, we can explore and appreciate the beauty of Jewish arts and culture.

Combined Jewish Philanthropies is pleased to announce our Arts and Culture Community Impact Grant Fund (the “Fund”). The Fund was developed to support artists, enrich our community through culture, and explore the depth of Jewish experience and memory.

Through the application process, we hope to maximize our awareness and response to artists and the Greater Boston arts and culture community.

CJP Mission

To inspire and mobilize the diverse Boston Jewish community to engage in building communities of learning that strengthen Jewish life and improve the world.

Arts and Culture Community Impact Fund Guidelines


Guiding Principles

CJP’s Arts and Culture Community Impact Grant Fund seeks to support art that:

  • Embraces the diversity and complexity of Jewish identity, community, and tradition
  • Sparks questions, fosters curiosity, or invites communal dialogue on a range of topics both within the Jewish community and/or across diverse communities  
  • Creatively interprets or reinvents Jewish teachings, ritual, tradition, or Jewish life


Each project must address at least two of these guiding principles.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must live within CJP’s catchment area 
  • Applicants may apply as an individual or as a collaboration among multiple artists. For applications as a group, at least 70% of the artists must live within CJP’s catchment area.
  • Applicants must have a proven track record of producing and presenting work in artistic mediums. Both self-taught and institutionally trained artists are welcome to apply. There is no requirement for minimum years of experience.
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older (including all members of a group application)
  • Applicants who received funding from the Arts & Culture Community Impact Fund in the previous funding year (2020-2021) are not eligible to apply for the current funding cycle.
  • Projects including hate speech, violence, or which discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, or age will not be considered
  • Projects that are part of an artist’s work for an employer or for educational credit are not eligible for consideration
  • Finished projects must initially be presented in CJP's catchment area
     

Funding Opportunities and Requirements

Applicants may submit one letter of intent to each funding category below but will only be eligible to receive grant funding for one project. Funding amounts are inclusive of project completion and presentation to the community in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

Categories

  • $25,000 (one available): This grant will be awarded for a collaborative project led by at least three artists. This collaboration team should include Jewish artists and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) artists and employ multiple artistic mediums. Projects should address a current societal or cultural theme or issue relevant to both the Jewish and non-Jewish communities.
  • $7,500 grants (10 available): These grants will be awarded to projects by either individual artists or collaborative groups of artists. Artists of all artistic disciplines are encouraged to apply.
     

Grant Requirements

  • Grantees will be required to sign a grant agreement outlining quarterly project check-ins, completion deadlines, and reporting/measurement requirements
  • Grantees will have 12 months from the date the grant agreement is signed to complete their work (with the ability to apply for a slight extension if needed)
  • Project and publicity materials for your program receiving funding must include the CJP logo (available at www.cjp.org/logos) and this tagline: This project is supported by a grant from the Combined Jewish Philanthropies Arts and Culture Community Impact Grant Fund
  • Grantees will be required to engage community members through at least one communal engagement workshop/presentation/performance/installation/discussion, etc. Finished projects must initially be presented in CJP's catchment area.
  • All projects must be able to be shared in a virtual environment or in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines
     

Letter of Intent Evaluation Criteria

Letters of intent will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

Artistic merit
For projects involving more than one artist, the proposed plan for collaboration will also be considered under this category

40%

Alignment with guiding principles of the Fund

25%

Clarity and feasibility of project plans

20%

Feasibility of sharing work via virtual format or compliant with CDC guidelines

10%

Transformative effect
Does the project have any exceptional qualities which distinguish it from similar projects? How would you rate the project’s overall significance to its field and the community it serves? Does the project have potential to leave a lasting impression upon its audience?

5%

Timing of Process

  • Letters of Intent may be found here: Arts and Culture LOI Form
  • Letters of Intent due by 5:00 p.m. Monday, June 21, 2021
  • Jury will review Letters of Intent by Wednesday, July 14, 2021
  • Invitations for full applications will be sent by Friday, July 16, 2021
  • Full applications due by Monday, August 9, 2021
  • Jury will review applications by Thursday, September 2, 2021
  • Grant awards communicated by Tuesday, September 14, 2021
  • Funded projects will have 12 months from the date of signed agreement to be completed (with the ability to apply for a slight extension if needed). Funding will be made in either two or three payments in accordance with the signed grant agreement.

Contact

For any questions, please contact Sophie Krentzman, CJP Director, Arts and Culture, at sophiek@cjp.org