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Colorado Mini Grants

Hazon grants up to $20,000 each year total to seed new, local programs that help create a healthier and more sustainable Colorado. We also provide mini grants to expand, support, and grow existing programs.

NOTE: THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THE 2016-17 MINI-GRANT CYCLE HAS PASSED AND APPLICATIONS ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED. FOR YOUR INTEREST, YOU MAY READ THE INFORMATION BELOW AND ON THE OTHER TABS FOR THE 2016-17 CYCLE, BUT CHECK BACK IN SPRING 2017 FOR INFORMATION ON THE NEXT MINI-GRANT OPPORTUNITY.

The purpose of this grant opportunity is to inspire and grow a range of programs and initiatives in the Denver/Boulder area that utilize Jewish food, outdoor, and environmental education. This work in aggregate will strengthen and support the JOFEE  (Jewish Outdoor Food and Environmental Education) movement. It will support existing Jewish institutions and leaders, and bring new people into Jewish life, thus renewing Jewish life overall. To qualify, every project must help to create healthier and more sustainable communities in the Colorado Jewish community and individual Jewish lives.

NOTE: THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THE 2016-17 MINI-GRANT CYCLE HAS PASSED AND APPLICATIONS ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED. FOR YOUR INTEREST, YOU MAY READ THE INFORMATION BELOW AND ON THE OTHER TABS FOR THE 2016-17 CYCLE, BUT CHECK BACK IN SPRING 2017 FOR INFORMATION ON THE NEXT MINI-GRANT OPPORTUNITY.

Grant Information and Eligibility

  • We will grant up to $20,000 total.
  • Grants are available in the range of $1,000-$4,000.
  • Grants are available for organizations and individuals.
  • We provide grants that seed new local programs and grants that expand, support, and grow existing programs.
  • We value collaboration.

To qualify, a project or initiative must fall under the umbrella of JOFEE (Jewish Outdoor Food and Environmental Education) and help to create a healthier and more sustainable Colorado Jewish community and individual Jewish lives. Individuals and organizations are eligible to apply. Examples of eligible projects, programs, and initiatives include:

  • projects that will help achieve Hazon’s 7-year food goals;
  • food justice projects addressing hunger, food deserts, fair trade, or other food justice issues;
  • educational programming around food and/or sustainability and Jewish tradition for youth or adults (e.g., adopting Hazon’s Min Ha’aretz or other food curriculum, film screening, lectures, gardening, cooking or food preservation classes/workshops);
  • outdoor experiential learning or activities that increase awareness of the environment/nature and Jewish tradition;
  • education and advocacy around food or environmental policy or legislation (national or local);
  • developing and implementing Jewish food policy/guidelines for your Jewish institution;
  • training leaders and/or educators in food and environmental issues and Jewish tradition;
  • building or expanding Jewish CSAs, gardens, or farms;
  • programs or projects that engage b’nai mitzvah students in the Jewish food/environmental movement;
  • anything food- or sustainability-related that’s interfaith, like expanding a CSA to bring on a church partner or hosting an interfaith speakers panel.

Any previous Hazon grantee must have completed all reporting requirements in order to be considered for funding this year. Contact Becky@hazon.org if you have questions regarding your prior reporting.

Requirements of Grant Recipients

  • Grant recipients are required to send 1-3 representatives to an awards reception on September 21st at 4:00 p.m. At this reception, one representative will be asked to share a bit about their project and recipients will have an opportunity to hear about the other exciting Jewish Outdoor, Food, and Environmental Education work happening in Colorado.  
  • Grant recipients will be required to report on impact and results and submit pictures and testimonials using traditional and social media.
  • Recipients will use Hazon’s name and logo as a supporter of your project in all printed and online published materials.
  • The program or project must be completed or well under way by spring 2017.

Please email colorado@hazon.org if you have questions about whether your project fits our funding priorities.

NOTE: THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THE 2016-17 MINI-GRANT CYCLE HAS PASSED AND APPLICATIONS ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED. FOR YOUR INTEREST, YOU MAY READ THE INFORMATION BELOW AND ON THE OTHER TABS FOR THE 2016-17 CYCLE, BUT CHECK BACK IN SPRING 2017 FOR INFORMATION ON THE NEXT MINI-GRANT OPPORTUNITY.

You will submit your application online and should CLICK HERE FOR THE APPLICATION. No other form of submission will be accepted. Please note you must complete and submit your online application in one sitting; you will not be able to save and revisit it. So, to help you prepare, below are the questions you will be asked. In addition to the online application, you need to submit a one-page PDF of your project budget to colorado@hazon.org.

Part 1: General Information 

  • What is the name of your project/program/initiative?
  • What is the total amount you are requesting
  • Please select from one of the below choices

____ We are only able to accept this grant if we receive funding in full. If the request is partially funded, we will turn down the grant.

____ We will accept partial funding with no minimum (the minimum Hazon will allocate is $1,000).

____ We will accept partial funding, but would require a minimum of $________.

  • General information for the individual who would manage the grant if awarded; this will be the primary person Hazon contacts with questions, follow-up information, and updates.
    1. Name and Title
    2. Organization’s Name
    3. Date of Application
    4. Address to mail the check to
    5. Website
    6. Email Address
    7. Contact Phone Number
  • If someone different than the person above is filling out this application, please include your information here:
    1. Name and Title
    2. Address
    3. Email Address
    4. Daytime Contact Phone Number
  • The (up to three primary) people who would be involved in executing this project (name and title) and a brief list of their experiences and qualifications as they relate to the proposed project?
  • If a grant is awarded:
    1. Please make the check out to:
    2. Please mail the check to this address:

Part 2) Budget (Not to exceed one page in length)

  • Total organizational budget for the current fiscal year (not your organization’s itemized budget).  If your project is not affiliated with an organization please put n/a).  
  • Total project budget

Part 3) Narrative: this is where you get to bring your project to life!  (Not to exceed two pages in length)

  1. Describe the project/program/initiative for which you are seeking support. (1500 character max)
  2. When is the project happening? Please either list the dates or time of year your project will happen. (300 character max.)
  3. Share up to 3 measurable milestones in your planning process so that we have a sense of your timeline, and you know if your project is on track. (1000 character max.)
  4. Who will benefit from this project (include demographics)? (500 character max.)
  5. How many people do you think this will directly impact in the first 12 months of implementation? (10 character max.)
  6. What are your top goals and how will you measure them? Goals 1 and 2 are your chance to show us how your project is aligned with our priorities. Goals 3-5 are optional. Goal 1 must address how your project either will bring new people into Jewish life and/or revitalize Jewish life in your community? Goal 2 must address how your project will contribute to a healthier and more environmentally sustainable Colorado? (Each goal has a 400 character max.) Sample goal: By building a hoop house, we will be able to garden for six weeks longer and have 25 more people volunteer, and thus revitalize how people experience Jewish engagement at our synagogue. We will measure this by the length that the growing season is extended and the number of increase in volunteers.
  7. If you were to receive less than your full funding request, in what ways would you modify your project? Please be sure to indicate any measurable changes to your goals. If n/a because you indicated you only wish to receive the full amount, please put n/a. (500 character max.)
  8. Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your project? (300 character max.)

***Remember, these questions are listed here for your guidance.  Applications will only be accepted online, CLICK HERE for the application.***

Thank you for your application. Please stay tuned for follow-up questions from our Advisory Board grant review team by 3:00 p.m. on August 29th, 2016. The questions will be sent to the contact person listed in your application. We must receive written responses to these questions by 8:00 a.m. September 1st, 2016 for them to be considered in the grant allocations process.

Hazon’s Colorado mini-grant program is generously made possible by Rose Community Foundation, 18 Pomegranates, and Oreg Foundation.

NOTE: THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THE 2016-17 MINI-GRANT CYCLE HAS PASSED AND APPLICATIONS ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED. FOR YOUR INTEREST, YOU MAY READ THE INFORMATION BELOW AND ON THE OTHER TABS FOR THE 2016-17 CYCLE, BUT CHECK BACK IN SPRING 2017 FOR INFORMATION ON THE NEXT MINI-GRANT OPPORTUNITY.

Timeline

  • July 11, 2016: Application opens!
  • August 15, 2016,  8:00 am: Grant applications are due. We encourage early submission.
  • August 29, 2016, by 3:00 pm: Hazon staff will be in touch with any follow-up and clarifying questions regarding your application.
  • September 1, 2016, 8:00 am: Written responses to follow-up questions due. NOTE this is a short turn around time, so please mark your calendar! Late responses cannot be accepted.
  • September 15, 2016: Notification of awards.
  • September 21, 4:00-6:00 pm, Broomfield, CO: Mandatory mini-grants award reception.
  • March 6, 2017: Mid-way grant report due.
  • August 14, 2017: Final grant report due.

Mid-way and Final Grant Reporting Requirements

Grant recipients will receive report requirements directly from Hazon staff. Questions? Contact colorado@hazon.org.

In Colorado, Hazon has given away $20,000 in grants every year since 2011. More than 60 projects organized by more than 30 organizations have been funded, combined having an incredible impact on the Denver/Boulder communities! Below are just a few examples of projects that have received a grant.

Camp Ekar

Camp Ekar at Ekar Farm

Camp Ekar is a program that invites Denver youth to participate in a week of exciting educational activities including farm work, gardening, environmental education and Jewish learning. This camp enriches campers connection to Judaism, the earth and their community. The Hazon grant provided funding to get the camp started, and support it through its inception.

For information about Camp Ekar, contact aaron@ekarfarm.org

 

Ramah of the Rockies Greenhouse

Ramah of the Rockies Greenhouse

The Ramah of the Rockies Greenhouse integrates Jewish tradition with outdoor experiential, environmentally conscious, sustainable, and eco-friendly concepts. The Hazon greenhouse not only expanded the program, but also increased the number and availability of teachable opportunities for the camp’s food education program.

For more information about Ramah of the Rockies, contact info@ramahoutdoors.org

 

Senior Nutrition at Kavod Senior Life

Senior Nutrition at Kavod Senior Life

This grant provided funding to support nutrition classes and increased access to affordable, fresh produce. The resources from this grant are helping create connections for seniors between healthy, accessible food choices and good health.

For more information about how to get connected to Kavod, contact Sam at swalsh@kavodseniorlife.org (Stock Photo: Bag of Produce)

 

Beit Izim: Boulder’s Jewish Goat Milking Co-Op

Beit Izim: Boulder’s Jewish Goat Milking Co-Op

This grant supported the funds necessary to help start-up and maintain operations for the Jewish Goat Milking Co-Op. The Goat Co-Op aims to help people create access to healthier and more sustainable choices, deepen their connection to community and learn more about Judaism.

For more info about how to get involved and milk a goat, contact membership@boulderjewishfarmcooperative.org. (Stock Photo: Goat)

 

Community Garden at Hebrew Educational Alliance

Community Garden at Hebrew Educational Alliance

The Gan Kehilati community garden at Hebrew Educational Alliance connects nearby Thomas Jefferson High School students with synagogue members to grow a communal vegetable garden. This garden offers a space to learn to grow and build community. The grants to this garden have provided necessary funding for a drip-irrigation system for better maintenance for the garden as well as work-days to expand the garden and build the sense of community.

 

Denver Academy of Torah

Denver Academy of Torah

DAT Recycles encourages the organizations housed at Denver Academy of Torah Glassman Education Camp (DAT Minyan, Ekar Farm, and Denver Academy of Torah’s K-8) to embrace our newly established recycling program. The program includes support for new recycling bins and educational awareness through programs lead by DAT’s student government.

datcampus.org

 

Minyan Na'Aleh

Minyan Na’Aleh: Shavuaton

Camp Matan Torah Goes Green is an exciting addition to Minyan Na’aleh’s annual Shavuaton. The 2015 Shavuaton will boast a “green” approach toward the programming our youngest participants engage in. In addition to fun activities and sports, our students will learn about making healthy food choices and preserving the environment.

 

Emanuel

Temple Emanuel: Gardens and school

Temple Emanuel’s Gardening Project will provide education for all ages about food and sustainability and provide experiential learning activities about food and Jewish tradition.  It will also have a strong Tikkun Olam component in distribution of the food through Jewish Family Service Weinberg Food Pantry and other food banks.