Innovative Capacity Fund

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Proposals are assessed against the following criteria:
Project fit: Does the proposal meet the Fund’s objectives and help further the core Jewish offerings of the organization?
Innovation: Does the project introduce something new to the agency? Does the innovation fill a void or improve a process?
Scope: Is there a clear start and end date to the project (if applicable)?
Collaboration: Does the project involve the creation of strong working relationships among agencies and organizations?
Project Plan: Are the goals and intended outcomes of the project clear? Does the project have a clear work plan and timeline for completion?
Project Budget: Does the project have a detailed and realistic budget?
Project Evaluation: Does the project outline the processes and measures to monitor the project and evaluate the outcomes?


Designate a professional who will be responsible for reporting on this grant project.
Cooperating with and providing information to Jewish Federation of Ottawa to help us communicate the impact of this fund. 
Comply with impact reporting requirements, including completing a post-project/event impact report. Template will be provided.
Acknowledge Jewish Federation of Ottawa at events and in marketing materials and websites.


Please submit your proposal online using the online application form or request a PDF version of the application. Proposals should be submitted no later than May 31, 2019 at 5 PM. If you are unsure if you project qualifies or you have questions, please contact: Kara Goodwin, Director of Community Collaboration,


1. Can we re-apply for this grant? 

This grant funds one-time only projects.  If you proposal was not accepted the first time you applied, you may resubmit a revised application at the next round. For help completing your application or to understand if you project qualifies, please contact Kara Goodwin, Director of Community Collaboration,


2.  What is the maximum amount we can apply for?

The maximum amount for a proposed project/program is $10, 000.


3. Do you fund pilot projects?

Yes. This fund aims to support innovation and creative solutions through one-time funding.


4. We want to offer a class at our synagogue, can we apply?

Ongoing educational programs and classes do not qualify for this grant. However, one-time learning experiences and conferences that builds capacity are considered.


5. We applied for $5000 but were granted less. Why?

The grant evaluation team reviews the merit of each proposal and prioritizes funding in the community.  The committee may grant less than the requested amount.  


6. Should we ask for more funding than we need?

No.  Funds for this grants are paid out as valid project receipts are presented. The funds cannot be carried forward and the grant expires after 8 months of being awarded.


7. Who decides on this grant?

A team of lay leader volunteers and professionals assess each proposal using defined evaluation criteria and discussion. The team’s recommendations go to the donor for final approval.

8. What projects are not eligble?

Regular maintenance, upkeep and facilities upgrades, capital projects, and fundraising events are not eligible for this grant.