Grant Opportunities

Yesod’s Professional Development Fund: Grants ranging $250 (USD) – $2,000 (USD)

Yesod’s Professional Development Fund: Grants ranging $250 (USD) – $2,000 (USD)

Deadline: 30-Nov-20

The Yesod is seeking applications for its Professional Development Fund program that supports the creation of vibrant, meaningful, Jewish life through strong communities driven by inspired and engaged individuals.

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Through this fund Yesod supports Jewish community professionals and educators in Europe to develop their professional skills and Jewish fluency (Jewish knowledge, understanding and how to apply it in your work).

Yesod is a collaborative framework focused on strengthening the future of Jewish life in Europe by investing in key individual Jewish communal professionals and educators. Founding members are the JDC, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and the Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe.

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Funds from $250 (USD) – $2,000 (USD) will be awarded, on a one-time basis, for successful applications from eligible individuals.
The funds must be spent within 8 months of receiving fund confirmation from Yesod.
Funds will be paid directly to the organization, trainer or coach providing the professional development service.
Money will not be given directly to the applicant.

Funds can be used for one-to-one learning or group courses, either online or in-person. There are several types of professional development that will be considered within the terms of this fund:

Professional skills development – grow your personal toolkit of professional skills that are critical for success. Examples include (but are not limited to) courses for pedagogy, public speaking, experiential education, fundraising and budgeting.
Peer visits – travel to visit a peer organization in another community and learn from their best practices as well as develop stronger networks for collaboration. Applicants may know where and who to visit at the time of their application, or may request help from Yesod as to where to go.
One-to-One Coaching – work one-to-one with a professional coach in order to improve your skills, for example, in strategic planning, communication, fundraising, assertiveness, negotiation skills, management, and work-life balance. Yesod will work with you to identify an excellent coach (in English or a language of your choice where possible) or you may request a specific coach. References will be required for the coach.
Eligibility Criteria

Funds will be awarded to Jewish community professionals and educators who:
Work professionally in Jewish organizations of all types, including (but not limited to) youth organizations, Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), synagogues, welfare and cultural organizations. The work may be part-time, but should be at least 16 hours per week.
Are based in a European country. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept applications from the Former Soviet Union outside of the Baltic states.
Have at least 6 months of experience working professionally in the Jewish community.
Have not already had a successful application to this fund in the past 12 months.
Funds will not be granted for training/learning opportunities that have already taken place or for those that are already supported in other ways by the partner organisations.
Application Process

Applicants will be contacted with a decision approximately 4 – 6 weeks after the deadline.
Please note: As part of our decision making process, Yesod’s Professional Development Manager may contact you to talk through your application in more detail and to ask additional questions.
Read the guidelines carefully and ensure that you are eligible.
Apply using the online application form. The application includes a description of what you want to do with the funds, including a budget.
Within 30 days of completing the professional development opportunity you will be required to submit a short report describing the course of study, key lessons learned, how this has impacted you directly and plans to use your new expertise in your work.
Payment will be made for an agreed US Dollar amount and paid in local currency via wire transfer.
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