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Mini Grants

With the generous support of Rose Community Foundation, Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies, Hazon is able to provide grants to inspire and grow a range of Jewish outdoor, food and/or environmental education (JOFEE) programs in the Denver/Boulder area, and to support Jewish sustainability initiatives.  

We provide two types of grants to build the capacity of Denver/Boulder area organizations:

  1. Mini-Grants to support individuals and organizations doing Jewish outdoor, food, farming and environmental projects in the range of $250 – $2,500, with a total of $20,000 available to award. This is an annual funding cycle and grants are competitive. Applications for the 2019-20 grant cycle are due July 31, 2019. See below for all the details from last year’s grant cycle; the details will be updated for the 2019-20 grant cycle in mid-May.
  2. Higher Animal Welfare Grants to enable Jewish organizations to put Jewish values around animal welfare into practice around their food practices, including reducing meat consumption, educating about higher welfare eggs and meat, and purchasing higher welfare products. Grants range from $250 – $5,000. These grants are available year round, but are first-come, first-served and will not be available after funds run out. Funds are available at this time. Contact Colorado@Hazon.org for details.

Overview of Mini-Grants

Hazon grants up to $20,000 (through grants of $250 to $2,500) to seed, expand, and support both new and existing programs. The Colorado mini-grant program provides guidance and support to inspire and advance sustainability-related education, action, and advocacy in the Jewish community by supporting existing and emerging Jewish institutions and leaders engaging in Jewish food, outdoor, and environmental education and projects, thereby building capacity. The mini-grant program and the projects it funds also serve as doorways bringing new people into Jewish life, revitalizing Jewish life overall, and creating a healthier, more sustainable Jewish community and a healthier and more sustainable world for all. 


Eligibility

  • To qualify, a project or initiative must fall under the umbrella of JOFEE (Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming, 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.
  • We provide grants that seed new local programs and that expand, support, and grow existing programs.
  • The program or project must be completed or well under way by spring 2019.

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.

Examples of eligible projects, programs, and initiatives include:

  • projects that address issues of animal welfare in the food system
  • food justice projects addressing hunger, food deserts, fair trade, or other equity issues in the food system
  • initiatives that address food waste and food rescue
  • educational programming around food and/or sustainability and Jewish tradition for youth or adults (e.g., adopting Hazon’s Min Ha’aretz 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
  • projects that will help achieve any of Hazon’s 7-year food goals
  • food- or sustainability-related interfaith programs, like expanding a CSA to bring on a church partner or hosting an interfaith speakers panel

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


Requirements of Grant Recipients

  • Grant recipients will be required to report on impact and results. See timeline and reporting information below.
  • Recipients will use Hazon’s name and logo as a supporter of your project in all printed and online materials.

Timeline

  • May 20, 2019: Application opens!
  • July 31, 2019, 11:59 pm: Grant applications are due. We encourage early submission.
  • August 15, 2019: Hazon staff will be in touch with applicants with any follow-up and clarifying questions regarding your application.
  • August 19, 2019, 5:00 pm: 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.
  • August 28, 2019: Notification of awards.
  • September 2019: Recipients of grants $501+ receive first half of their mini-grant; recipients of grants $500 and lower receive full grant
  • January 15, 2020: For recipients of grants $501+, midway grant report due. Second half of mini-grant is disbursed after midway report is received.
  • May 30, 2020: Final grant report due.

 

2019-2020 Application

Applications will only be accepted through our online application form located here. No other form of submission will be accepted. Please note the following:

  1. The deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.
  2. You can apply for an amount in the range of $250 – $2,500. Recipients of grants $750 and less will have fewer reporting requirements.
  3. 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 that are asked in the application.
  4. Note the word count limits. You will not be able to enter words into a field beyond the word count limit. To avoid frustration, we suggest doing a word count for your answers before you go to submit your application online; and for your convenience, the form tracks your word count as you go. There is no word count minimum.
  5. You will upload a PDF of your project budget with your application. So be sure your budget is ready for submission when sitting down to fill out the application. You can use your own budget template or ours, but either way your budget should adhere to the tips and requirements outlined here: budget tips, requirements, and template.
  6. If you would like to brainstorm ideas or have questions about the application, eligibility, budget template, SMART goals, or anything else related to the mini-grants, contact Hazon staff. Denver-area applicants should contact Sue Salinger at Sue.Salinger@Hazon.org  or 720-404-4340. Boulder-area applicants should contact Becky O’Brien at Becky@Hazon.org or 303-886-5865. Staff cannot guarantee last minute availability, so don’t delay if you want to be sure we’ll be able to speak before the application deadline.

Part 1: General Information

  1. What is the name of your project/program/initiative?
  2. Organization’s Name (or individual’s name if not an organization)
  3. Organization’s website (or “NA” if there is no website)
  4. Name and title of the primary contact who would manage this grant if awarded; this will be the person Hazon contacts with questions, follow-up information, and updates.
  5. Primary contact’s email address
  6. Primary contact’s phone number
  7. If someone different than the person listed above is filling out this application, please include your information here:
    • Name and Title
    • Email Address
    • Phone Number
  8. If a grant is awarded:
    • Please make the check out to:
    • Please mail the check to this address:
  9. Which range does the amount you are requesting fall into?
    • $250 – $750
    • $751 – $2,500

Part 2: Budget

  1. Choose the range your total organizational budget fits in for the current fiscal year. If your project is not affiliated with an organization please select n/a.
    • Under $100k
    • $100k-$500k
    • $500k-$1 million
    • $1 million and above
    • n/a
  2. What is your total project budget?
  3. You can use your own budget template or ours, but either way your budget should adhere to the tips and requirements outlined here: budget tips, requirements, and template.
  4. I will submit my 1-page project budget as a pdf to colorado@hazon.org upon completing this application.  –yes

Part 3: Narrative

  1. Tell us about your organization. Include a brief history, mission, and primary activities. (500 word max)
  2. Describe the project/program/initiative for which you are seeking support. (600 word max)
  3. When is the project happening? Please either list the dates or time of year your project will happen. (50 word max)
  4. Who will benefit from this project? Include demographics. (100 word max)
  5. How many people do you think this will directly impact in the first 12 months of implementation?
  6. List here the primary people (up to three) who would be involved in executing this project. Include name, title and a brief list of their experiences and qualifications as they relate to the proposed project. (300 word max)
  7. What are the primary goals of your project? Applicants requesting $250 – $750 must submit one goal and may submit up to three. Applicants requesting $751+ must submit two goals and may submit up to three. Note that the goals are what your success will be measured against and what you will report on in your midway and final reports if you receive a grant. Remember that these grants are designed to: 1) bring new people into Jewish life and/or revitalize Jewish life in your community, and 2) inspire and advance sustainability-related education, action and advocacy in the Jewish community. Hence, your goals should be related to these two things. Additionally your goals must be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (also known as SMART goals).  Note that if the goals you submit are not SMART, you will likely be asked to rewrite them in the “follow-up questions” part of the application process (see timeline for details on the follow-up questions).
    • Goal 1 (100 word max) – required
    • Goal 2 (100 word max) – required for applicants requesting $751+, optional for applicants requesting $750 or less
    • Goal 3 (100 word max) – optional
  8. Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your project or organization? (300 character max.)

MORE ON SMART GOALS:

SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. “SMART goals” are goals that incorporate all five of those elements. If you don’t already know how to write SMART goals, it’s a great skill to learn and will strengthen your project, your organization, and you as a leader. Here is a brief, useful article on SMART goals. And here are samples of broad (and hence useless) goals rewritten as SMART goals. Hazon staff is available to help you develop SMART goals if you need assistance (the sooner you reach out the better as we cannot guarantee last minute availability).

Here are some additional samples relevant to this mini-grant program:

Sample Goal A, poorly written: Our organization will be more environmentally sustainable by doing more recycling and other projects. (While definitely relevant and technically “achievable”, note the absence of at least three SMART elements: specificity, measurability, and a time frame.)

Sample Goal A, well written: Within the next six months our organization will be more environmentally sustainable by taking the following three actions: improve recycling bin locations and signage to increase recycling rates from 50% to nearly 100%; take the first step towards improved energy efficiency by scheduling a lighting audit; and run a staff training to ensure that all staff know how to use the thermostats correctly.

Sample Goal B, poorly written: We will host some cooking classes that will get more people excited about making and eating Jewish food and about being Jewish.

Sample Goal B, well written: Over the next 12 months we will host three cooking classes focused on healthy Jewish cuisine for adults. Combined, the classes will reach 30 people. At least 75% of participants will leave with increased knowledge, skills, and inspiration to do more Jewish cooking at home. At least 75% of participants will say the class made them feel more excited about Jewish food and their Jewish identity.

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

Hazon’s Colorado mini-grant program is generously made possible by Rose Community Foundation, Oreg Foundation, Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies, and anonymous donors.


Midway and Final Grant Reporting Requirements

For recipients of grants $751+, a brief midway progress report is due no later than January 15, 2020. Upon satisfactory completion of your midway report, you will receive the second half of your grant. We welcome earlier submissions and will release the remainder of your grant whenever you submit this report. Recipients of grants $750 and lower do not need to submit a midway report.

Recipients of grants of any amount must submit a brief final grant report that is due no later than May 30, 2020. Earlier submissions are welcome.

For recipients of grants $751+, if your entire project will be completed by January 15, you may submit just the final grant report. The second half of your grant will not be released until one of these reports has been received.

Note that grantees must have completed all reporting to be eligible to apply for another grant in the future.

Midway report

Due no later than January 15, 2020. The report should be brief (the equivalent of no more than one page) and must be completed online using this form. No other formats will be accepted. For your reference, here is what you are asked to report:

  1. Share a general update on the progress you have made.
  2. If there have been any significant changes in the anticipated budget, timing, content, or goals of your project please explain the changes and reasons behind them.
  3. Create a 100 word max Facebook post we can put on our Facebook page that highlights your project/program and includes a photo (in jpg format). You may either post it on Facebook yourself and share the post with us (facebook.com/hazoncolorado) or email text and a photo to us at Colorado@Hazon.org that we can post.

Final report

Due no later than May 30, 2020. The report must be completed online using this form. No other final report formats will be accepted. For your reference, here are the questions:

  1. Did this project achieve the top 1-3 goals you proposed in your original application? Please include the goals exactly as written from your original application and then elaborate. Include quantitative and qualitative data where applicable.
  2. Who (demographics) did this project benefit and is it who you thought it would be (as stated in your original application)?  
  3. How many people did this project directly impact so far and, if applicable, how many do you think it will ultimately reach in the first 12 months of implementation? How does this compare with the number you projected in your original application?
  4. If the budget, timing, content, or goals ended up being substantially different than what was originally stated in your application, please explain the change(s).
  5. Share a 100 word max Facebook post we can put on our Facebook page that highlights your program.  You may either post it on Facebook yourself and share the post with us (facebook.com/hazoncolorado) or email us the text directly.
  6. Email us three pictures (in jpg format) that capture the impact of your program and that Hazon can use to brag about our wonderful grant recipients.

 

Since 2011, we have given away over $170,000 in grants. For inspiration for your own project, check out a few of the grants we have allocated over the years.

Prior Mini-Grant Recipients

Ahavah Farm

Ahavah Farm, Denver

To help this “beyond organic” farm obtain water rights so that it can continue to provide a CSA and door-to-door delivery to the Denver Jewish community.

Boulder Food Rescue

Boulder Food Rescue, Boulder

To help Jewish organizations in Boulder donate the abundance of leftover prepared foods from their events to needy in the community.

Camp Kind

Chabad of NW Metro Denver, Denver

To help expand Camp Kind, a one-week summer camp where campers visit a local farm, local soup kitchen, learn composting, and make crafts with recycled materials.

Congregation Bonai Shalom

Congregation Bonai Shalom, Boulder

For two family Shabbaton programs that incorporate food justice, animal welfare, food waste, environmental sustainability, and gardening learning and activities.

Ekar Farm

Ekar Farm, Denver

To support the “Growing and Giving” program that engages volunteers in growing and harvesting local, organic food for donation to Kavod (Jewish senior housing).

Hebrew Educational Alliance Preschool

Hebrew Educational Alliance Preschool, Denver

To enhance their Kitchen Science program by implementing a school-wide compost program, adding a rain barrel, and adding more food-related educational programs and activities.

Milk and Honey Farm at the Boulder JCC

Milk and Honey Farm at the Boulder JCC, Boulder

For expanding the farm to include a Tzedakah Garden, which will grow food for donation and be a space to engage volunteers and JCC summer campers.

Moishe House

Moishe House, Boulder

For a number of “greening” projects, including transitioning to green cleaning supplies, increasing biking, eliminating waste at events, and strengthening their existing garden.

Ramah in the Rockies

Ramah in the Rockies, Denver

For significant expansion of their composting system and creation of complementary educational materials, which will reduce food waste and enhance their farming program.

Sustainable Skoolie Adventure

Sustainable Skoolie Adventure, Boulder

To help build the Sustainable Skoolie bus, support their online sustainability resources library, and for hands-on sustainable living workshops in the Jewish community.

Wabash Farmette at Denver Jewish Day School

Wabash Farmette at Denver Jewish Day School, Denver

For a “JOFEE pod”, a shade and storage structure housing supplies to support permaculture farming, environmental education, and safe food processing.

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.