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Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles Launches New Grants Initiative

The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles (www.jewishfoundationla.org) has announced that it has substantially revamped its grants process to enable the distribution of larger, multi-year grants for programs across the Jewish community. Through its new Cutting Edge Grants Initiative, the foundation seeks to enhance the community-wide impact of its grants by encouraging creative thinkers, social entrepreneurs, and innovative organizations to propose significant and transformative projects of high visibility and impact. The initiative combines three previous grant categories — New and Innovative, Synagogue, and Comprehensive Development Grants. Under the initiative, grantseekers can receive a maximum of $250,000 over three years. The foundation has also broadened significantly the eligibility requirements, so that organizations and programs at different stages of development can apply for funding. The foundation is currently accepting concept papers for the Cutting Edge Grants Initiative from organizations and programs in the Los Angeles Jewish community. The following entities are invited to submit a concept paper for a single or multi-year program: an existing nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status or a collaboration of nonprofit agencies; synagogues; schools; and social entrepreneur(s) or a group of community activists (partnered with an appropriate nonprofit organization). The application and awards process will take place from February through September 2006. For more information including application deadlines, visit the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles Web site.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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