Get a $250 micro-grant to host an event that builds Jewish connections with friends, neighbors, and family.

Our summer cycle is now closed. Please check back September 15 for our fall cycle.

Apply for a Micro-Grant!

Get up to $250 to host an event that builds Jewish connections.

You select the date. You set the location. You invite the attendees. You plan the activity. Federation picks up the tab.
If you’ve been looking for an excuse to get together with friends, family, or neighbors, look no further!

Grant Opportunities:

Summer Micro-Grants are available now for gatherings in July, August and September 2024.

  • Dates to Hold your event are July 1st through September 30.
  • If you have questions, email Jenna Corman Mandel at

When You Receive A $250 Micro-Grant You Can:

  • Host a Shabbat dinner or holiday celebration to meet your Jewish neighbors.
  • Teach friends how to make a special recipe from your childhood.
  • Plan a picnic with other families who have similar-aged kids.
  • Arrange a fun night to reconnect with camp, Birthright, or school friends.
  • Buy copies of a Jewish-themed book and host a discussion group.
  • Organize a poker night, a nature hike, a volunteer project… whatever and wherever you want!

    Micro-Grant Details:

    Who is eligible to receive a Micro-Grant?

    • Any Jewish-identifying individual, couple, friend group, or family residing in Hudson County can apply to receive a $250 Micro-Grant.

    What does my event need to look like? How Jewish does it need to be?

    • “Doing Jewish” means something different for each of us – and it’s that unique expression of Judaism that we want to support. Our request is that you plan an experience that is comfortable and meaningful to you – which means the opportunities are endless! Check out the resources with lots of ideas. You are in charge of the details for your event.

    Who and how many people do I need to invite to my event?

    • We request at least 10 people attend your event. Attendees may be adults or children.

    What exactly does the $250 cover?

    The $250 will be a reimbursement for the supplies you need to bring your event to life! Some examples include:

    • Food: ingredients, pick-up, or take-out!
    • Supplies: decorations, art supplies, books, paper goods, or party favors

    What exactly do I get if I am awarded a Micro-Grant?

    • Ideas and guidance: You’ll find event ideas and resources. We’re also happy to connect with you over email, phone, or Zoom. You don’t have to do this on your own!
    • Connection with Jewish people in your area: If you want to host an event, but need help with the guest list, just reach out!
    • $250: You’ll receive a reimbursement of up to a $250 to cover your expenses via Venmo after you host and share details about your event with us.

    Ok, I’m in. What do I need to do?

    1. Complete the Micro-Grant application online. We’ll reach out to notify you about the status of your application and chat with you about your event.
    2. Plan and host your event with at least 10 attendees. Take lots of photos!
    3. Share details and photos from your event in a short post-event survey.
    4. Provide receipts up to $250 and receive a reimbursement via Venmo.


    Upcoming Grant Opportunities

    • Fall Micro-Grants open in September for gatherings in October, November and December 2024.
    • Winter Micro-Grants open in December 2024 for gatherings in January, February and March 2025.

    Lots of Events to Choose from – or you can make up your own!

    Event Ideas and Resources 



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