This year, the Jewish Foundation of Louisville reinstituted its Community Impact Grants program, making available $25,000 in general funds and $11,900 designated for youth education.
The Foundation has reported that it has awarded the first four grants. Jewish Family & Career Services will receive $2,100 to address Food Pantry storage needs. The Louisville Melton Adult Jewish Education Program will receive $5,000 to increase its capacity to serve new and continuing students. Keneseth Israel will receive $1,000 for its Big Rock Shabbat Program; and Temple Shalom will receive $1,000 to provide family Shabbaton subsidies.
“The committee considered the impact these grants would have for constituents,” said Peter Resnik, chair of the Foundation Committee, “and is thrilled to be able to support these efforts.”
In June, the Foundation issued a call for grant requests for $500 to $2,500 with a maximum award of $5,000. The Foundation Committee expressed a preference for the expansion or enhancement of existing successful programs, but indicated that it would consider new programs.
By the June 15 deadline, it had received 13 grant requests which were reviewed and discussed at the meeting on August 11. Some of the remaining grant requests are still open, pending conversations between the committee and the requesting organizations to clarify details and additional grants will be made.
The committee evaluates every grant request on its merits and does not fund every request it receives.