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JUF launches 'The Breakthrough Fund'

The fund will provide opportunities for “smart growth” in the service sector.

The Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago is launching a newly created Breakthrough Fund to offer opportunities for “smart growth” in the service sector, and has sent out a Request For Proposals (RFP) for its inaugural funding cycle.

“We are committed to remaining nimble and responding effectively to both the current and emerging needs in our community,” said Bill Silverstein, Chair of JUF/Federation’s Overall Planning & Allocations Committee. “We are proud to seek and encourage promising new approaches to meeting local human needs and engaging community members across lifetimes.”

This initial RFP will provide mini-grants of up to $5,000 for local programs, projects and initiatives that address the following goals:

Meet Local Human Needs:Address needs emerging from new health-care paradigm; meet on-going needs of chronically poor and the “new poor;” develop programs addressing diverse and ever-changing populations; and reduce barriers to inclusion for underserved populations.

Engage Across Lifetimes:Expand existing and/or launch new Jewish experiences that inspire community youth; strengthen Jewish congregational life; increase adult participation in Chicago Jewish communal life; engage groups who are underrepresented in Jewish communal life; and impact Jewish Journeys/reinforce local “Ladder of Continuum.”

Future funding cycles will include additional categories of grant-making, as well as larger size grants and multi-years grants. 

Proposals are due Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at 5 p.m.  For more information, please contact Annette Charles, Assistant Vice President, Community Program Development, at 312.673.2356 or

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