Grant Process

Grant Overview

Grants are intended to partially cover costs of advertising or hosting local programs such as Introduction to Judaism classes, discussion groups, interfaith workshops, or holiday events.  Download Grant Application

Please contact us if you wish to discuss proposal ideas or have other questions. If you are a larger organization, please contact NCEJ directly so that your grant application can be tailored to your proposal.

NCEJ - Intro to Judaism


  • Organization must be a Jewish nonprofit (synagogue, federation, JCC, consortium, or national umbrella group with local chapters)
  • Location: United States and many international areas
  • Program must be open to the public
  • Program must have an educational component—i.e. relate to Jewish holidays, traditions, rituals

What We Do Not Fund

Please call first if unsure!

  • Programs geared only to an institution’s members or solely a Jewish audience
  • Scholarships or grants to individuals
  • Staff development
  • Political advocacy
  • Marketing for religious services (such as High Holiday services)

Apply Now

Download Grant Application

PDF Version
National Center to Encourage Judaism (NCEJ)

Deadlines and Important Information

  • Applications are considered throughout the year.
  • Applicants are generally notified within 60 days if a proposal has been approved.
  • Grantees may receive more than 1 grant per year.
  • Funds are dispensed only after a program is completed and the required documentation is submitted.
  • In addition to copies of receipts a brief summary of the program may be required, which may include number of participants and other relevant information.
  • Grantees may be profiled on NCEJ website.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the size of the grants that are awarded?

Award amounts for local organizations can range from several hundred dollars to several thousand, depending on the program.

What are the reporting requirements?

A brief report summarizing the results of the program must be completed before a check will be disbursed. For larger grants we generally require at least one interim report and one final report, and informal updates upon request.

Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs (FJMC) - Winners 2017What are some examples of programs hosted by NCEJ grantees?
  • Welcoming Websites (Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs)
  • Introduction to Judaism Classes (American Jewish University)
  • Ask A Rabbi program (Congregation Beth Am, Tampa)
  • Feast of Judaism (Jewish Education Center, Cleveland)
  • Judaism for Conversion class (Rabbinic Association Kansas City)
  • Taste of Judaism class (Temple Israel, Long Beach)
  • Outreach Shabbat (Temple Emanu-El, Tucson)