The Staenberg Family Foundation, through its partnership with JEWISHcolorado, announced $50,000 in grant funding for 16 local Jewish organizations through the Anything Grants program. This program supports a variety of needs for area organizations, including building improvements, programming and capacity building. Anything Grants are intended to inspire others to give back to their community with a matching component to the funds awarded.
The 2019 Anything Grant recipients are:
- Anti-Defamation League – NextGen programming for young professionals
- Adventure Judaism – Create a promotional video for B’nai Mitzvah programs
- Beth Jacob High School – New mattresses for dorm rooms
- Congregation Bonai Shalom – Fundraising technology improvements and training
- Denver Community Kollel – Technology upgrades
- Denver Jewish Day School – Building out a flower farm to grow and sell flowers to educate students
- Ekar – Refrigerated shed for produce
- Hillel of Colorado – Create a Tikkun Olam engagement and outreach program
- Jewish War Veterans Post #344 – Nosh with a Mensch program to bridge the gap between young adults and Jewish war veterans
- Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project – Regional event to celebrate JWRP’s 10-year anniversary
- Moishe House – Leadership & Learning Retreat at Rocky Mountain National Park
- NCSY – Launching a teen program in Boulder to connect unaffiliated and marginally active Jewish high school teens
- OneTable – A Shabbat evening of soul, spirit and healing in Boulder
- Ramah of the Rockies – Utility vehicle for the camp’s Bed for Horses program
- Shalom Park – Upgrade outdoor ambience with new furniture and sound system
- Yeshivas Toras Chaim – Installing exterior and interior security cameras
“We at Jewish War Veterans Post #344 in Denver are extremely honored and humbled to receive this grant from the Staenberg Family Foundation and JEWISHcolorado,” said Ben Brettmann, Assistant Vice Commander of Post #344. “Our organization has been upholding our community’s values since 1896, and we plan to use this opportunity to bring about awareness of the Jewish War Veterans in Colorado through our Nosh with a Mensch program and podcasting veteran stories throughout the community.”
JEWISHcolorado’s Young Adult Allocations Committee met several times to learn about current needs and opportunities in the Colorado Jewish community. The committee reviewed and deliberated on grant proposals and conducted follow up conversations to learn more about applying organizations.
The program received 22 applications this year, representing $98,000 in funding requests. Each awarded grant provides 50 percent of the project budget; organizations are responsible for raising the remaining 50 percent from other sources. Grant recipients must complete the project by June 1, 2020, in order to receive funds.
The Staenberg Anything Grants program is currently active in 3 communities: Denver/Boulder, Omaha and St. Louis. For more information about the Anything Grants program, contact Steven Baker, JEWISHcolorado Director of Program Philanthropy at 303-321-3399.