Springboard Grant Opportunities

Springboard is proud to support Chicagoland teens and teen serving organizations. Grant funds are available to inspire organizations to test out new types of programs and help them respond to pressing needs, to expose JYPs to new colleagues and learning opportunities and to help teens identify more ways to express themselves Jewishly. To learn more about any of the grants below email Springboard@juf.org.


Access Grants

Springboard Access Grants are intended to make it even easier for teens to participate in new experiences in the Jewish community by removing financial barriers to participation in new programs. Funds can be applied towards activities with a new organization or towards participation in a new program with an organization a teen is already connected with.

Open To
8-12th graders who live in the Chicago metro area.
Range
50% of the cost of the program or $100, whichever is lower
Relevant Questions
Has the teen participated in this experience before? Will this experience deepen the teen's connection with the Jewish community or inspire them to take the next step in their communal involvement?
What It Isn't For
Springboard Access Grants may not be used towards experiences in which teens have already participated.

COVID Grants

To enable organizations to "meet the moment" for tweens and teens by enhancing virtual programming beyond the capability of a free Zoom account, addressing increased mental health needs, or other supports for issues caused by COVID-19.

Open To
Chicago-area Jewish youth serving organizations, including congregations; one grant request per organization.
Range
Up to $1500
Relevant Questions
Will this grant enable you to make your existing program(s) more appealing or stronger in the current environment? Are there specific things you need to support program modifications as a result of COVID restrictions? Do you need additional resources to ensure that your programs and activities are accessible to all participants? Do you need anything to remove barriers to participation in programs and activities? Do you need additional mental health resources such as social workers or related staff to support participants in your programs?
What It Isn't For
This grant is intended to address resources required to successfully run programs during this unique time. Funds are not intended to cover the cost of entertainment and activities that are out of an organization's budget or outside the scope of what an organization might have done before COVID or will continue doing after.

Innovation Grants

To support new experiences for Chicago-area teens; either existing programs significantly retooled to reach new audiences or something completely new.

Open To
Jewish Youth Serving Organizations
Range
Up to $750, with possibility of additional funds
Relevant Questions
What makes this proram different from existing programs in the Chicago area? How will this program attract a diverse group of teens?
What It Isn't For
The exact same program you've always done

PD Grants

To provide access to professional development and training programs that enhance the ability to deliver quality programming to Chicagp-area Jewish Teens

Open To
Jewish Youth Professionals and Educators in the metro area
Range
Up to 50% of the program cost, not to exceed $500
Relevant Questions
How will this experience will benefit you? Why is now the right time for you to participate in this experience? How will you demonstrate the skills you have acquired through this program or experience within your organization as well as the broader Chicago youth professional community?
What It Isn't For
Professional development grants are intended to support Chicago-based youth professionals’ in their skill building and enhancing their ability to create meaningful and positive Jewish experiences. Grants may not be used to cover training that are not relevant to work serving Jewish teens.
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