Source: Make it Happen Micro-Grants
The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network (SPN) has launched #MakeItHappen, a new micro-grants initiative that invites individuals to submit ideas for creating Jewish experiences in their communities. Between October and December 2013, SPN will select up to 50 ideas from around the world to receive micro grants of up to $1,000. Five ideas could receive up to $5,000.
#MakeItHappen is an opportunity for young Jews to seed, grow and act on new ideas—from hackathons to meet-ups, Shabbat dinners to service projects—that showcase the talent and creativity taking root in Jewish communities all over the world. The submission deadline is December 6, 2013. Ideas will be selected on a rolling basis.
Micro grants and other small-dollar investment models have taken root in recent years as a way to empower people to explore new experiences, gain valuable skills and even launch small businesses. SPN has successfully piloted micro grants through its ROI Community and REALITY program, as well as in select communities like Cape Town, South Africa, and St. Petersburg, Russia. These micro grants compliment SPN’s larger-scale models of investment in programs and organizations and provide an additional way to invest directly in building the leadership capacities of young Jews.
#MakeItHappen marks the first time SPN has created a pool of micro grants that is open to the general public, inviting anyone 18 years of age and up to submit ideas. The online application process can be completed in 10 minutes.
Eligible ideas will be posted on the #MakeItHappen website where viewers can search by topic and location, “Like” their favorites and even contact the creators directly to volunteer to help make their favorite ideas happen.
Visit the #MakeItHappen website for details and submissions.