Inspiring Inclusion in Jewish Community Programs


PURPOSE: To inspire greater access and participation in Jewish community life for children, youth and young adults who currently face barriers due to their physical, emotional or developmental challenges.


Inclusion grants of up to $2,500 will be granted to organizations to pilot a new idea, program or event or adapt an existing program or event to facilitate the physical and social inclusion of children, youth or young adults and their families into Jewish community life. Events or activities can range from recreational, cultural, spiritual or educational opportunities to programs pre-employment training or employment programs.


Eligible applicants include:

  • Day or supplementary schools, synagogues or other Jewish community organizations;
  • Grassroots or informal groups of young adults, family members or volunteers; or
  • Individuals with expertise and committed to inspiring physical or social inclusion in Jewish community programming

GOALS: Grants will be awarded based on their capacity to achieve one or more of the following goals:

  • Increase social, spiritual and cultural connections for children, youth and young adults with a range of challenges.
  • Create and expand academic and/employment opportunities for young adults.
  • Increase the accessibility of existing programs, services or community events to children, youth, young adults with a range of challenges
  • Facilitate meaningful relationships for children, youth and young adults with disabilities who do not currently have the pathways to develop peer relationships in the Jewish community.


CRITERIA: To apply for a grant, applicants must:

  • Be committed to promoting and incorporating inclusive programming as part of their overall agency’s organizational mandate;
  • Not currently be receiving Federation funding for inclusion activities;
  • Must either be a not for profit organization or a grassroots organization;
  • Agree to acknowledge Federation funding in their marketing materials and communications with their members.

PROCESS: This is a one-time grant to serve as a catalyst for on-going programming and initiatives that facilitate inclusion. Priority will be given to ideas that impact a number of people rather than a few individuals.

Applicants must complete the application form and include a detailed program budget. Applicants must be able to show evidence that they have knowledge and experience of methods and approaches to facilitate social and physical inclusion.

Applicants that do not have a charitable number will be required to submit their costs for reimbursement. The grants are not to be used for advertising, marketing or administrative costs.


Grants must be used for direct program costs rather than marketing or fundraising initiatives.

Application submission is now closed. 

For more information or program ideas, please check the Jewish Abilities Awareness website: