Hazon is America’s largest Jewish environmental organization and works to create healthier and more sustainable communities in the Jewish world and beyond. Hazon means “vision” in Hebrew, and Hazon’s vision is healthier and more sustainable communities in the Jewish world and beyond. Hazon gives people a chance to explore their relationship to the physical world and to their Jewishness by creating transformative experiences (both communal and individual), through thought leadership, and through support and capacity-building of the Jewish environmental and food movement in America and Israel.
One way this happens in Colorado is through Hazon’s annual mini-grant program. We are able to provide grants to strengthen the Jewish food and environmental movement in the Denver/Boulder area due to the generous support of Rose Community Foundation, 18 Pomegranates, and the Oreg Foundation.
We look forward to catalyzing the energy that exists here and supporting what’s already working,” says Becky O’Brien, Hazon’s Boulder Director. “We are excited to further inspire and build a sense of Jewish possibility, seed programs and ideas, and support nascent leaders so that a growing range of programs and experiences transform people’s lives and strengthen the Jewish community overall.”
Hazon will grant up to $20,000 in grants ranging from $1,000 – $4,000 to fuel new local programs and to expand, support and grow existing local programs. The application deadline is June 20, 2013 and notification of awards is in late July. Grants are available for individuals and organizations and high priority will be given to projects that involve collaboration. All grantees will consult with the Hazon Food Justice Fellow to find opportunities to incorporate awareness of food justice into their projects. A partial list of eligible projects includes: food justice projects addressing hunger, food deserts, fair trade or other food justice issues; educational programming around food and/or sustainability and Jewish tradition; outdoor experiential learning or activities that increase awareness of the environment/nature and Jewish tradition; education and advocacy around food or environmental policy/legislation; opportunities, programs or projects that engage b’nai mitzvah in the Jewish food/environmental movement; and interfaith food- or sustainability-related initiatives. For eligibility requirements, deadlines and the grant application, visit Hazon.org/Colorado/minigrant/.