You might be wondering, what's a Just Because grant? That's easy! Just Because Grants are our way to encourage Jewish Kansas Citians to get together and be Jewish together in any way that's meaningful to them... in other words, just because! These grants are available for individuals and organizations.
We know that meaningful Jewish experiences can't be defined by any one person - we all define meaningful Jewish experiences for ourselves. Individual Just Because Grants offer $180 (10-20 people) or $360 (20-40 people) for groups to engage in Jewish life as they define it. So host a Shabbat dinner in the park, teach friends about your family's holiday traditions, organize a volunteer opportunity or an afternoon hike - and let Federation help you pay for it (all we ask is that you put a Jewish twist on whatever you decide to do).
FAQ Q: Can Federation help me flesh out my idea? A: We’re excited to support you in creating a meaningful Jewish program of your own design. If you want to brainstorm ideas or talk through any questions you have, we’re here for you!
Q: Do I need to have any programming experience? A: No experience is necessary – we know that you have big ideas, and every program starts with a willingness to try.
Q: What support is NOT included in this grant? A: While we’re happy to help you with brainstorming and guidance for your event, we can’t purchase your supplies or run your program for you.
Q: Do I need to do anything after I run my event? A: We ask that Just Because Grant recipients fill out a post-event survey and send us a few pictures from your event.
Q: When when applications be accepted? A: Applications will be accepted in two cycles:
Applications will be accepted through October 31st for Hanukkah-themed gatherings
Applications will be accepted through April 30 for spring/summer gatherings
Q: When will I find out if my application has been approved? A: After completing this application, we’ll notify you within 10 business days about the status of your application. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Does your Jewish organization in the Greater Kansas City area want to do something creative and new? Did you read about the barriers to engagement identified in the 2021 Kansas City Jewish Community Study and think “Let’s do something about that?” Submit your organization’s innovative program or initiative for a Just Because Grant!
Just Because Grants offer up to $2,500 to organizations doing something innovative and up to $5,000 to organizations collaborating with at least one other organization on an innovative idea. All we ask is that your program includes components that promote a more welcoming and inclusive community, are open to the entire community, and respond to at least one barrier to engagement from the 2021 Community Study.