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- Q. What criteria are applied in evaluating grant proposals?
- A. Grant proposals will be assessed on the basis of the following primary criteria:
• The extent to which the proposal is systemic, in terms of (1) the number and frequency of programs, (2) whether they impact and link multiple constituencies within the congregation, and (3) whether the approach is integrated - that is, it connects and engages different aspects of Jewish life such as Torah, avodah, gemilut hasadim , etc.).
• Degree to which the proposal is sustainable , in that it allocates funding to develop capacity within the congregation by training existing staff and lay leaders, focuses on reusable resources, and integrates the proposed approach within the congregation's existing structure.
• The extent to which the proposed project utilizes a "best practices" concept and represents an innovative and replicable approach.
- Q. When will grant decisions be made?
- A. Decisions will be announced by Wednesday March 10, 2010.
- Q. What are the program timeframes?
- A. All grants will be made for the program period of August 1, 2010 through July 31, 2011.
- Q. What are the requirements of the grants?
- A. • Each grantee congregation must send two representatives (preferably including at least one staff person) to a Legacy Heritage Synagogue Innovation Project seminar in the New York metropolitan area Monday-Wednesday June 7-9, 2010. Synagogues are responsible for the entire cost of travel; all other costs are covered.
• A midyear report, including financial accounting, will be required in January 2011, and a year-end report with financial accounting in August 2011.
• Grantees are required to document the project's progress regularly on a Wiki webpage they will create. Training will be offered at the project seminar,
• Grantee congregations are expected to have at least one representative participating in periodic distance learning conference calls and/or webinars throughout the grant year.
• Grantee congregations must contribute $2,000 in matching funds towards the project; matching fund requirements in years two and three (if applicable) will be $3,000 and $5,000, respectively.
- Q. How can the LHIP: Israel Engagement funds be used?
- A. Funding is intended to assist congregations in developing systemic change and sustainable, long-term impact, as opposed to supporting one-time or episodic programming which generate short-term effects. Grant funds are not intended to defray current synagogue operational expenses or hire temporary personnel unless the congregation provides a plan to sustain the position upon the grant's termination. Among the preferred potential use of grant funds are:
• Compensation for guest instructors or scholars who will conduct training and increase capacity within the congregation's professional and lay leadership;
• Curricular development;
• Stipends for professional development and/or training for existing staff or lay leadership to increase capacity within the congregation;
• Supplemental compensation for staff members who undergo training and/or assume additional responsibilities as a result of the funded initiative;
• Development of reusable resources/supplies
Note: grant funds may not be used for food or refreshments.
- Q. How will the grant funds be disbursed?
- A. Grant funds will disbursed over the course of the year according to the following schedule: 40% in August 2010, 40% in February 2011 upon submission of a satisfactory midyear report, and 20% in July 2011 upon submission of a satisfactory final report.
- Q. What is the synagogue required to do once it receives notification of a LHIP: Israel Engagement grant?
- A. Synagogues will be sent a Letter of Agreement delineating the obligations of the synagogue and the conditions which must be met for receipt of grant funds. Synagogues must sign and return the Letter of Agreement before any funds will be released.
- Q. Are there requirements for marketing and publicity?
- A. All LHIP: Israel Engagement publicity materials must include an acknowledgment of the grant printed in accordance with the Foundation's logo guidelines. Each program must be publicized as a LHIP: Israel Engagement Program funded in part by Legacy Heritage Fund.
- Q. Can a synagogue apply for more than one LHIP grant program at a time?
- A. No. Congregations must apply for only one LHIP grant program at a time, and cannot receive multiple grants simultaneously.
- Q. Whom should we contact if we have additional questions?
Elana Kermaier, Legacy Heritage Fund 212-578-8190x109 / EKermaier@lhfl.net