Jewish Community Relations Council
The Jewish Community Relations Council builds bridges of understanding within our Jewish community and to our broader community, combats Antisemitism, educates in support of a strong and secure Israel, and advocates for public policy and social justice issues important to the Birmingham Jewish community.
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The Jewish Community Relations Council of the Birmingham Jewish Federation, (JCRC), inspired by Jewish values, seeks to sustain a more civil and caring community—locally, nationally and around the world. The JCRC builds bridges of understanding within our Jewish community and to our broader community, combats Antisemitism, educates in support of a strong and secure Israel, and advocates for public policy and social justice issues important to the Birmingham Jewish community.
The JCRC is dedicated to uniting Birmingham’s minority communities through engagement, education, dialogue and positive action. Towards that goal, the JCRC is investing in transformative and collaborative programs that will create powerful experiences and spark long-term systemic change and social good for our communities. We are looking for innovative new ideas that will engage other faiths, cultures, races, nationalities, neighborhoods– all in an effort to create a more unified Birmingham.
The JCRC will award microgrants of $500 to $1000.00 to individuals, community agencies, or organizations for programs, projects or initiatives that work to cultivate relationships and build bridges of understanding between the Jewish community and other minority communities in Birmingham. Not only will the JCRC invest dollars in the program, but can also serve as a guide, resource and participant in the implementation thereof.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?
Individuals, informally organized groups, and formally registered or incorporated not for profit organizations in the greater Birmingham area.
IN ORDER TO APPLY FOR A JCRC MICROGRANT:
- You, or your group/organization, or anyone else who works with you, must not have previously received a JCRC microgrant for this project.
- No other representative of your group or organization must currently have a proposal actively under review by JCRC for a microgrant.
- The work you or your organization/group carry out must not seek to influence the outcome of any specific election for candidates to public office, induce or encourage violations of law or public policy.
- The work for which you or your group/organization are seeking funding for must be strictly for charitable purposes and not designed to generate profit for you or any other person.
PAYMENT AND EVALUATION:
Programs and payments for the programming must occur within one year of approval of the grant. If grant monies are NOT requested prior to the end of this time period, the grant will be considered forfeited and any balance will be canceled at that time. Extenuating circumstances will be considered if submitted in writing at least thirty days /one month before the grant period ends.)
In addition, a written evaluation of the program is to be sent to the Jewish Community Relations Council Director within three months of the completion of the program. The JCRC Director will also coordinate a time for the grantee, (or an organization representative), to meet with the allocation committee to present and discuss the outcomes.
In any publicity or marketing of the program, the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Birmingham Jewish Federation must be listed as a sponsor and where applicable, our logo should be included.