About the Breaking Barriers Matching Grant Initiative
For Organizations and Projects
Application and Process
How much money is available in the matching funds pool?
A $1MM funding pool will be available to match first-time or significantly increased major gifts to organizations and projects that foster the inclusion of people with disabilities within the Jewish community.
How did the Breaking Barriers Matching Grant Initiative originate?
The Genesis Prize honors individuals who have attained excellence and international renown in their chosen professional fields, and who inspire others through their engagement and dedication to the Jewish community and/or the State of Israel. This year, the recipient of this prestigious award is Itzhak Perlman, who announced that he is directing his prize money toward promoting activities designed to raise awareness of disability inclusiveness in the Jewish community. He asked JFN to implement this Matching Grant Initiative to broaden the reach of these programs by increasing the number of funders who focus on this field.
What is the ratio of matching funds to the gift?
Qualifying gifts ranging from $25,000 to $75,000 will be considered for a 1:1 match, but with flexibility to fund less than 100% of requested funds. The maximum match for a single gift is $75,000; individual gifts greater than $75,000 are eligible to receive a maximum of $75,000 in matching funds. For example, a new gift of $80,000 could be matched with $75,000 from the funding pool, generating $155,000 for the organization or project.
What are the Terms and Conditions of the Matching Grant Initiative?
Matching funds are available for gifts that have been paid by donors no earlier than September 7, 2016. Completed applications must be submitted no later than March 31, 2017. Gifts must be paid by donors and received by organizations and projects no later than December 1, 2017.
Submission of an eligible application prior to the deadline does NOT guarantee matching funds. All eligible gifts will be subject to a review process by a review committee. The determination of the committee shall be final, binding, and conclusive as to all questions and decisions of eligibility and gifts.
Matching funds will only be released once payment verification is submitted to JFN demonstrating that the gift was paid to the organization or project. In order to verify payment, we will require a copy of a cancelled check or wire transfer receipt for the payment made, as well as confirmation from the organization or project.
The terms and conditions and availability of the matching funds are subject to change and/or termination at any time.
What is considered an organization or project that fosters inclusion of people with disabilities in the Jewish community?
For the purposes of this Matching Grant Initiative, eligible organizations and projects will foster the inclusion of and create a culture of welcoming and acceptance for persons with disabilities within the Jewish community.
Eligible organizations and projects include national organizations, local chapters of national organizations, local or regional organizations, synagogues, cultural centers, schools, seminaries, and campus-based organizations, as well as partnerships among any of the preceding categories.
How do I know if my organization or project is eligible?
Eligible organizations and projects must:
Are there specific desirability criteria?
Yes. Learn more about the desirability criteria
Can an eligible organization or project receive more than one gift as part of this Matching Grant Initiative? Is there a maximum amount of funds that an individual organization or project may receive?
Yes. An organization or project may be eligible to receive multiple matches of gifts from separate individual donors. $75,000 is the maximum amount that any one organization may receive in matching gifts from this Matching Grant Initiative.
Will anything be required of the organization or project once they are awarded the matching funds?
Yes. As a stipulation of receiving funds, organizations participating in the Matching Grant Initiative must commit to a brief set of questions annually for three years after receiving funds to measure the Initiative’s impact.
I am a donor interested in participating in this Matching Grant Initiative. How do I know if I am eligible?
You are eligible to apply for matching funds if you meet ANY of the three criteria* below:
Additionally, donors must agree to become members of the Jewish Funders Network if your application is approved. Donors not already JFN members are requested to contact JFN to discuss the benefit of membership. Learn more here.
*Note: We encourage all donors interested in participating in the Matching Grant Initiative to reach out to JFN staff and learn more about available membership options. Please contact us and visit JFN Membership for more information and resources.
I am not currently a JFN member. How can I participate in the Breaking Barriers Matching Grant Initiative?
If you are eligible to join JFN, you are eligible to participate in this Matching Grant Initiative, however, please note that all matched funders must either join or already belong to JFN.
For more information about JFN Membership Benefits, click here.
If you are eligible and interested in joining JFN, please complete the JFN membership application page. You will be contacted by JFN following the submission of your application.
Please note that Matching Grant Initiatives are a benefit of JFN membership, but membership does not guarantee the receipt of matching funds.
How do I apply?
Applications may be submitted through the online application form and are due by March 31, 2017. If extenuating circumstances prevent you from filling out the application form online, please contact us.
Applications will require specific information from both donors about funding history and the grantee organization or project. JFN encourages donors and organizations to work together to prepare this information. Donors are required to schedule a phone conversation with a JFN staff member or board member to introduce them to JFN, confirm eligibility for this program, and learn more about the membership services JFN offers.
Can a donor submit more than one application to different organizations or projects?
Yes, up to two applications per donor will be considered.
What information will the application require about the organization or project being supported?
JFN encourages donors to work with their selected organizations and projects to provide the specific information.
The application questions can be accessed here and will request information about the following items:
For more detailed instructions visit How to Apply.
Will anything be required of the funder once the matching funds are awarded?
How do I know if a gift is eligible?
Gifts are eligible if they are either first-time gifts or increased gifts to a particular organization or project in the field defined by this initiative. Gifts must be given after August 31, 2015 to be eligible for this Matching Grant Initiative.
For more information visit Eligibility.
Eligible gifts must be cash (checks or wire transfers). Stocks, annuities, Israel Bonds, or other slowly maturing instruments are not allowed.
Note that we cannot match gifts that are made in the form of tangible goods such as Torah scrolls, land, computer equipment or any other items given in place of cash.
I am not based in the U.S. Is my gift eligible for this Matching Grant Initiative?
Gifts from donors in the United States and Canada are eligible to be matched.
Will all eligible gifts be matched?
Not necessarily. All eligible gifts will be subject to a review process by a review committee. Matching funds will be awarded based upon eligibility and desirability criteria.
Can gifts be earmarked for a particular program or purpose?
Yes. Gifts to organizations with a primary mission to foster the inclusion of people with disabilities within the Jewish community can be directed to general operating support or for a particular program. Gifts to Jewish organizations whose primary mission is not inclusion of people with disabilities must be restricted to a specific qualifying project of the organization. Gifts to non-Jewish organizations must be restricted to projects that engage and include people with disabilities in the Jewish community.
What if a gift is not awarded matching funds?
As indicated above, the matching fund pool for this initiative is $1MM and finite. JFN thus anticipates that there will be some donors whose gifts will not be awarded matching funds. If payment of your pledge is contingent on the award of matching funds, please do not submit payment before receiving notification of the review committee’s decision. While JFN certainly hopes that you will make the proposed gift if matching funds are not awarded, JFN understands that some donors might choose not to pay their gifts in the absence of the matching funds award.
Does the gift have to be paid all at once?
No. The donor must provide the total amount of the gift s/he plans to give to JFN. The full amount of the gift must be paid in full no later than December 1, 2017. Instructions for how to submit proof of payment will be included in the grant notice.