Credit: Adriana Katzew

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 in order 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.

CJP Community Impact Grant Fund Goals

With our community investments, CJP aims to:

  • Strengthen the health and increase the breadth of our community
  • Invest in key priority areas that will shape our future and shared communal vision
  • Use a data-informed approach to drive change and prioritize opportunities to facilitate collective impact
  • Be a national model of a community that inspires people to find joy and meaning in Jewish life and which brings our values to bear on injustices in our Jewish and broader communities
  • Provide unyielding and dignified support to all during challenging moments

Arts and Culture Community Impact Fund Application 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 application must address at least two of these guiding principles.


  • 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)
  • 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

Funding Opportunities and Requirements

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


  • $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 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
  • Project and publicity materials for your program receiving funding must include the CJP logo (available at 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.
  • All projects must be able to be shared in a virtual environment or in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines

Funding Criteria

Applications will be reviewed and funded 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


Alignment with guiding principles of the Fund


Clarity and feasibility of budget, timeline, and evaluation plans


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


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?


Timing of Process

  • Letters of Intent may be found here: Arts and Culture LOI Form
  • Virtual informational session about grant process to be held on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, from 10:00–11:00 a.m. ET | Link to Zoom Meeting
  • Letters of Intent due by Monday, January 4, 2021
  • Jury will review Letters of Intent by Sunday, January 31, 2021
  • Invitations for full applications will be sent by Thursday, February 4, 2021
  • Full applications due by Friday, February 26, 2021
  • Jury will review applications by Wednesday, March 24, 2021
  • Grant awards communicated by Wednesday, March 31, 2021



For any questions, please contact Sophie Krentzman, CJP Director, Arts and Culture, at