Breakthrough 550


Breakthrough Fund

The Jewish United Fund (JUF) is pleased to release the Request for Proposals (RFP) for Cycle 5 of the Breakthrough Fund, a grant program launched in 2014 to encourage smart, strategic growth and creative program development in Chicago’s Jewish community.  

Through this RFPJUF will award approximately $600,000 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 compose Chicago’s vibrant and diverse Jewish community as well as Jewish communities in Israel and other areas overseas.

JUF has already committed $357,000 in second year funds for Breakthrough Fund grants approved during Cycle 4; together with the $600,000 in new grants, just over $950,000 will support community programs in FY19 through the Breakthrough Fund.

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 social entrepreneurs whose voices, visions, and ideas are just emerging.

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

The application deadline is Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

All applicants are required to attend an Applicant Workshop on Monday, December 18. In-person and webinar options are available. Click here to register.

To begin your LOI application, go to

For more information:
Read the full Breakthrough Fund Request for Proposals (RFP)
Read more about Cycle 1Cycle 2Cycle 3, and Cycle 4 JUF Breakthrough Fund grants.
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For content- or program-related inquiries, contact Sarah Follmer at 312-357-4547 or All inquiries received by close of business on Friday, January 12, 2018 will be addressed within 2 business days. We will respond to all questions in the order they are received. Due to high volume we cannot guarantee a response to questions submitted after this date. 

For questions related to the online grant application system, contact Molly Floyd at 312-357-4986 or These questions will be addressed as quickly as possible until the application period closes, and within no more than 24 hours.