Breakthrough 550 


Breakthrough Fund

The Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago is pleased to release the Request for Proposals (RFP) for Cycle 4 of the Breakthrough Fund, a grant program to encourage smart, strategic growth and creative program development in Chicago’s Jewish community. 

Through this RFP, JUF will award up to $960,000 in new grants for leading-edge programs, capacity-building efforts, planning, research and development initiatives, and new approaches that address the wide array of needs, interests, individuals, and identities that reflect the diverse Jewish community in Chicago, in Israel and other countries overseas.

In addition, JUF will distribute $256,000 in second-year funds for Breakthrough Fund grants committed during last year's grant cycle. All told, the Breakthrough Fund will provide nearly $1.2 million in FY18.

Breakthrough Fund grants will support not only established organizations with a legacy of creating and expanding value-added programs and services, but also early-stage organizations and entrepreneurs whose voices, visions, and ideas are just emerging.

Letters of Intent are now being accepted to the Breakthrough Fund. 

The application deadline is Monday, January 9, 2017, at 4:30pm.

To begin your application, go to

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All questions about the Breakthrough Fund should be directed to:

Sarah Follmer
Director of Grants

All inquiries received by January 4, 2017 at 5:00pm will be addressed within 2 business days. We will respond to all questions in the order they are received. We are sorry, but due to high volume we cannot guarantee a response to questions submitted after this date.