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October 9, 2015  RSS feed
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Federation to reward outside-the-box ideas

A new funding source will be available soon for all Jewish organizations in Pinellas and Pasco Counties.

An Innovation Grant Fund has been created by the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties to spur creative thinking and programming and to support aboveand beyond programming in a financial way.

The board of the Federation designated $50,000 for the innovations grants for 2015-16. The fund was made possible by the Annual Campaign’s fund-raising success and cost-cutting measures. (See related story, Page 10) .

“The fund is exciting because it goes beyond what the Federation typically funds,” said Kevin Lane, Innovation Grant Fund steering committee chair.

The steering committee met on Sept. 25 to determine the criteria and timeline for applying. Along with Lane, committee members are Craig Sher, Irwin Novack, Debbie Sokolov, Helaine Solc, and Barbara Sterensis.

The group decided that grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded.

Applications will be available Oct. 13 and are due by Dec. 1.

“All organizations in our community – including synagogues – are eligible for funding,” Lane said.

Grant applications featuring collaborative inter-agency efforts and proposals submitted by teens will be given special consideration.

Nor is it stipulated that the applicant has to be a non-profit, suggesting that even individuals could initiate a project. However, Federation officials said a recognized non-profit would need to have some involvement in all grants.

Applicants will be asked to outline their proposed project or idea, detail the project’s leadership and budget, and define what success will look like.

Applications will be reviewed, and all organizations will be notified by Dec. 14 of their grant status.

The funds will be made available on or after Jan. 1 for projects underway between then and June 30, 2016.

Anyone interested in applying for an innovation grant should visit or contact Diana Morin for more information at or (727) 333-3103.

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