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The Grants Committee of the Jewish Community Foundation of the West has been given the responsibility of distributing grants from several funds.

Carry Cohn Jewish Education Fund - New Opportunity!

This fund was established as a tribute to Carry Cohn whose commitment to Jewish Education and Values has been a driving force and inspiration in the Sacramento community for generations. It is meant to honor Carry in a way that expresses our appreciation and shared commitment to ensuring those values by promoting opportunities in service of those same ideals.

This fund has been designed to encourage and assist young adults in the greater Sacramento region (including the Tahoe/Truckee area, Chico and other regions where JCFW has donors or in which it operates) who are interested in deepening their commitment to a better Jewish future by advancing their Jewish education. Grants from this fund are intended to support young adults demonstrating financial need in pursuing a broad range of such eligible educational programs.

To apply for this grant please email the following pam.herman@jcfwest.org:

  • A letter of request, not more than two pages. The letter should include the name and brief description of the program the applicant is attending or wishes to attend; the educational goal of the program and how the applicant feels this experience will shape her/his Jewish life. This should also include any future community activities that may occur as a result of participation in this program.
  • A statement of financial need for the grant. This can come from a parent or the applicant and need not be an "official" financial statement.
  • A letter of recommendation from a Jewish Educator, Rabbi, synagogue board member or other Jewish professional. NOTE: If this cannot be obtained call JCFW for assistance in determining what would qualify as a recommendation.
  • The JCFW Grant Committee may request a personal interview.
Eligibility Requirements:
  • Applicants must be under 25; and
  • This grant must be made to an eligible 501 c (3);

2018 Grant Available: $500
Grant Application Deadline: May 4, 2018
Anticipated Award Date: June 15, 2018

Transportation Support for the Jewish Elderly

This fund is designed to facilitate the transportation needs of the Jewish community. Qualified applicants will be Jewish 501(c)(3) organizations in the Greater Sacramento area. To apply, please email pam.herman@jcfwest.org and provide the following information:

  • Cover Letter
  • Contact Information
  • Proposed use of funds
  • Amount Requested

2018 Grant Available: $2559

Grant Application Deadline: June 7th, 2018
Anticipated Award Date: July 15, 2018

Madeline Rosenthal Goodwin Memorial Scholarship

Theodore and Susan Goodwin established this fund in memory of his late mother, who was a life-long community activist as well as a strong believer in education and community service. The Scholarship is designed to support students who are pursuing a career path to improve society in such fields as community development, the needs of a particular community or population, counseling, education, environmental protection, innovative social or economic development. The scholarship will be awarded to a student who has demonstrated a commitment to Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and is a resident of the Sacramento region.

To apply, please submit the following information to JCFW via email to pam.herman@jcfwest.org

  1. An essay of 500-1,000 words addressing the following questions:

    1. How have I contributed to Tikkun Olam during the past year? Examples of Tikkun Olam include, but are not limited to, teaching, tutoring, organizational work, volunteering at community centers to serve low-income people, seniors, people with disabilities, or to promote environmental protection, innovation or justice.

    2. How will this scholarship enable me to practice Tikkun Olam while I am a student next year?

    3. How will my past and future Tikkun Olam activities further or supplement my academic and career goals?

  2. Applicant’s most recent transcript covering at least the last two academic years through December 2016 or January 2017.

  3. A 1-2 page resume describing the applicant’s academic accomplishments, field of focus or major, extracurricular activities and career goals.

  4. A letter of recommendation from a Jewish community professional (such as a rabbi, cantor or educator) describing the applicant’s involvement in the Jewish community or a letter from another adult who is familiar with the applicant’s Tikkun Olam activities.

  5. A letter explaining the applicant’s financial need for the scholarship and how it will help the applicant in college and in Tikkun Olam activities.

  6. The applicant must have lived in the greater Sacramento region (includes North and South Lake Tahoe, Stockton, Chico, and Nevada County) during at least the one year before she/he commenced or will commence college studies. However the applicant may attend a certified community college, four-year college or university anywhere in the United States. Explain how this requirement is met in your resume. The scholarship is not available to graduate students.

The scholarship will be paid to the college or university where the winning applicant is enrolled to cover tuition, books or related academic fees for the 2018-2019 academic school year.

Two Grants Are Available In 2018: $1500 (each)

Grant Application Deadline: June 7th, 2018
Anticipated Award Date: July 15, 2018

Phillips Campership Endowment Fund

This fund is designed to support Jewish Summer Camps in the greater Sacramento area. Qualified applicants will be Jewish 501(c)3 organizations running summer camp programs in 2017. To apply, please email pam.herman@jcfwest.org and provide the following information:

  • Cover Letter
  • Name of Camp
  • Dates of Camp
  • Camp Budget
  • Anticipated Attendance
  • Anticipated Scholarship Requests from Attending Campers
  • Camp Brochure (where available)

2018 Grant Available: $364

Grant Application Deadline: June 7th, 2018
Anticipated Award Date: July 15, 2018

William and Sedell Belson Campership Endowment Fund

This fund is designed to support Jewish Summer Camps in the greater Sacramento area. Qualified applicants will be Jewish 501(c)3 organizations running summer camp programs in 2017. To apply, please email pam.herman@jcfwest.org and provide the following information:

  • Cover Letter
  • Name of Camp
  • Dates of Camp
  • Camp Budget
  • Anticipated Attendance
  • Anticipated Scholarship Requests from Attending Campers
  • Camp Brochure (where available)

2018 Grant Available: $423

Grant Application Deadline: June 7th, 2018
Anticipated Award Date: July 15, 2018

William Belson Memorial Scholarship Fund

This fund is designed to provide need-based scholarships to students attending Shalom School in Sacramento, California or other need-based scholarships for students attending institutions of Jewish Learning in the greater Sacramento area. Qualified applicants will be Jewish 501(c) 3 organizations running educational programs between August 2017 and July 2018. To apply, please email pam.herman@jcfwest.org and provide the following information:

  • Cover Letter
  • Name of Educational Program
  • Dates of Educational Program
  • Program Budget
  • Anticipated Attendance
  • Description of process for determining individual need

2018 Grant Available: $478

Grant Application Deadline: June 7th, 2017
Anticipated Award Date: July 15, 2018

Youth Philanthropy Award

This fund is designed to support educational activities surrounding youth and teen philanthropy. Qualified applicants will be Jewish 501(c)3 organizations running educational programs between July 2018-June 2019. To apply, please email pam.herman@jcfwest.org and provide the following information:

  • Cover Letter
  • Description of Program
  • Anticipated Attendance
  • Program Budget
  • Description of how the grant money will be used

2018 Grant Available: $773

Grant Application Deadline: May 4, 2018
Anticipated Award Date: June 15, 2018