Does your organization have ideas for engaging Jewish teens? Well, do we have a grant for you! CJP's Teen Community Impact Grants provide up to $15,000 in funding to non-profits in support of programs that support and bring Jewish teens together to connect with one another, engage with the Jewish tradition and culture, and make something awesome happen!
CJP is pleased to announce our Teen Community Impact Grant (TCIG) fund, designed for our partner organizations, as well as our Teen Microfunding (see box below), created to empower individuals or organizations wishing to further teen-driven initiatives for connection and collaboration.
The Teen Community Impact Grant fund was developed in order to maximize our awareness and response to the changing needs of the teen community. Our goal is to provide a transparent, efficient, and consistent process to ensure that organizations can identify and address needs, opportunities, and innovations within the communities that CJP serves. We will review applications with critical attention to:
Your organization is eligible to apply for a Teen Community Impact Grant if it serves teens (post-B'nai Mitzvah to 12th grade).
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 Vision Statement
Our community is a leading center of Jewish life, inspired by Boston’s unique intellectual and cultural heritage. Expansive, dynamic models of living and learning include everyone and provide meaningful connections to Judaism, the Jewish People, Israel, and the broader world. Networks of thriving Jewish institutions work collaboratively to strengthen our future. Grounded in Jewish history, tradition, and values, we care for one another, pursue justice, and repair our divided world.
CJP Grantmaking Philosophy
CJP utilizes grantmaking as one critical tool for reaching our shared communal vision. With our grants we seek to strengthen the health and breadth of our community, and to invest in key priority areas that will shape our future. Through our grants, we seek to incentivize or amplify partnership, capacity and resiliency, innovation, and adaptability.
The TCIG fund welcomes applications for new and ongoing results-oriented projects or initiatives which support CJP’s Impact Areas; can demonstrate a measurable and sustainable impact; and involve one of the following areas:
Organizational Capacity Building that brings a nonprofit to the next level of operational, programmatic, financial, or organizational maturity. Organizational capacity building reflects an investment in the effectiveness and future sustainability of a nonprofit to effectively deliver its mission. This may also include an urgent or acute need that an organization can demonstrate how it provides unique and critical services to one or more CJP regions.
Community Enhancement Initiatives are events, actions, or programs — virtual or otherwise — that strengthen or enhance a community-building effort to support communities of any type, including those based in geography, spirituality, interest, age, or identity. Community Enhancement Initiatives may include innovative pilots, small-scale programs, or other efforts that help an organization learn how a large-scale project might work in practice and help provide learnings for the Greater Boston Jewish community more broadly. A pilot program provides a platform for the organization to test ideas, prove value, and reveal deficiencies.
All applications for a TCIG are reviewed by a committee of lay leaders who have been trained in the grant review process and who have a variety of experiences and perspectives on teen Jewish life in Greater Boston.