Spark Grants

Spark Grants provide funding and support for those with ideas to invest in Atlanta’s Jewish teen ecosystem.

We believe in building relationships to strengthen Atlanta’s Jewish community through innovation and ground breaking ideas.

Community Impact

Our goal with Spark Grants is to provide resources for big ideas with potential to impact our community.

We don’t simply stop with funding. Recipients of Spark Grants are those with a plan for community involvement and advancement with whom we build relationships and work together to make the biggest impact possible on Jewish teens and those in their sphere.

See our past Spark Grantees ›

2020 Spark Grant Updates

SparkGrant Key Dates:

  • June 1st          Renewal agreements and scenario planning sheets due
  • June 15th      Revised grant proposals and scenario planning sheets due
  • July 15th       Revised grant decisions announced
  • July 15th-August 1st    #StayingStrong grant applications open
  • September 1st              #Staying Strong grant decisions announced

Phase One: FY19 Spark Grant Renewals only ($190,000)

  • On Friday, May 15th grant renewal agreements and scenario planning sheets will be sent out to the recipients of FY19 SparkGrants
  • Please return both documents to JumpSpark by June 1, 2020
  • Renewal payments will go out by June 15th, 2020 electronically.

Since the start of stay-at-home measures, JumpSpark has continued to provide micro-grants to organizations creating responsive programming or opportunities for teens that speak to the current moment. (Up to $7000). Example: NFTY-SAR’s virtual Spring Kallah https://jumpsparkatl.org/spark-note-the-one-on-zoom/


Phase Two: Pending SparkGrant Applications for R&D Grant, Navigating Parenthood and Teen Thriving ($150,000)       

  • If you or your organization applied for an FY20 Spark Grant that is still able to be operationalized, you must submit a scenario planning sheet by June 15th to be considered for a grant.
  • Revised grant proposals must meet Spark Grant requirements and be able to be operationalized in either a hybrid (in-person/virtual) or all-virtual settings. Grants for in-person only programming will not be considered at this time.
  • Decisions for phase two will be announced on July 15th, 2020

Phase Three: #StayingStrong Grants ($300,000)

Given the new reality we are in, what does your organization need to make sure your teens, parents, and youth-serving professionals are #Stayingstrong? What learnings have you gathered during this uncertain time that is changing how you want to do things moving forward? In what way do you want to seize this moment to try something new? How could you rethink collaboration in this virtual world to increase impact and expand bandwidth? Grant funding is available up to $25,000 to support staffing, professional development, and program creation and design.

  • JumpSpark will open the new #StayingStrong grant applications on July 15th, 2020, and close August 1st.
  • All new grant proposals must complete a Spark Grant application and a Scenario Planning sheet.
  • New grant proposals must meet Spark Grant requirements and be able to be operationalized in either a hybrid (in-person/virtual) or all-virtual settings. Grants for in-person only programming will not be considered at this time.
  • Decisions for #StayingStrong grants will be announced on September 1, 2020.

Testimonials

What an amazing retreat! Thank you JumpSpark for supporting me to enrich my heart and soul in Jewish texts. I had already used my professional leadership budget so this was a godsend. The professional track was well organized, relevant and helpful and it was nice to have a cohort. I know it would not have been as successful without JumpSpark’s support.

Heather Blake

Director of Engagement, Congregation Etz Chaim

You guys did a tremendous job with the curriculum, communication, and accommodation for the kids. Thanks!

Avi Stadler

Parent of a Strong Women fellow

Requirements

Spark Grants must:

  1. Serve either Jewish teens, Jewish professionals who work with teens, the families of Jewish teens, or all three.
  2. Support, develop or foster the infrastructure of the Atlanta Jewish teen community.
  3. Seek to create new points of entry for Jewish teens, parents and professionals to thrive in the Atlanta Jewish community.
  4. Meet an identified need or want in the community and have a supportive community.
  5. Create spaces that are pluralistic and radically welcoming.
  6. Provide high-level Jewish learning and community building opportunities.
  7. Foster collaboration with multiple partners with one clear project owner.

Apply for a Spark Grant

This application is just the beginning! We’ll work with you to develop the strongest program that best fits your community’s needs and move your proposal towards “Yes“.

JumpSpark will open the new #StayingStrong grant applications on July 15th, 2020, and close August 1st.

  • Personal Information

  • About Your Organization

  • What’s Your Idea?

  • Include individuals (with credentials) and organizations. If no partners are established yet, please put "N/A".
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