The Foundation is proud to create and nurture meaningful relationships with our grantees. A Naomi Foundation grant is much more than funding: in addition to financial support, we provide grantees with advice and hands-on assistance.
The application process for our 2017-2018 grant cycle is now closed. All applicants will be notified of the final status of their applications by June 15, 2017.
We will begin accepting applications for the 2018-2019 cycle in Fall 2017. To learn more about the Naomi Foundation and its grant application process, please continue reading.
How do you select grantees?
All applications are collected and reviewed by the foundation’s executive director and adviser to the board of directors. Applicant organizations are vetted and researched. The foundation also consults with its advisory committee, which consists of practitioners, researchers, and policy experts to evaluate the pool of applicants and identify areas where the foundation’s resources are needed most. With this input, the board of directors carefully reviews the applications and interviews select applicants. The board makes its final decisions by voting.
What kind of projects do you support?
Our ideal grantee is an early-stage project. Sometimes these are new independent nonprofit organizations, but often they are housed at more established parent organizations who can provide them with resources and administrative support. By no means do all of our grantees match this profile, and we strongly encourage you to to apply if you feel your project might be a good fit with our mission and priorities.
The projects we support must be charitable, educational or scientific, as defined under the appropriate provisions or the US tax code, and all projects must comply with US anti-terrorism laws.
How does the Naomi Foundation support projects in addition to providing funds?
We consider our grantee relationships true partnerships. We work closely with our grantees to provide mentorship and advice, and we love being involved and contributing our expertise in the nonprofit sector and entrepreneurial approach. Our board, staff, and advisers have significant experience with new ventures and take pleasure in sharing that knowledge with our grantees. Each project is different; sometimes we help with branding, networking, organizational structure, consulting, or we put on a joint event or create a program together. It depends on the project-specific needs and our availability.
Where can I find my saved application?
To access your application, just go to our Apply for a Grant tab and select Applicant Dashboard from the drop down menu. Enter your login info. You can access your application until the application’s deadline.
Are there certain kinds of projects you don’t fund?
Unless otherwise specified, at this time we do not fund projects in the arts, religious programming, or individual scholarships.
When, exactly, are grant funds disbursed?
Funds will be disbursed in early fall. Anticipated disbursement dates will be given once successful applications enter into the contract phase. If you feel that you are a good fit for one of our grants but cannot make this disbursement timeline work for your project, then please email email@example.com for more information.
Can I apply for unrestricted organizational funds instead of funds designated to a specific project?
Absolutely! We prefer to give grants for specific projects, but if your organization is new, then getting the organization started is a project in and of itself. We welcome these kinds of applications.
What do you consider innovative?
We look for projects and leadership that challenge the status quo. Our mission is to “reimagine” education, and we take that seriously. Though we like to see bold decisions and inventive ideas, we appreciate them even more when they are positioned to minimize risk and maximize viability.
I didn’t hear back about an interview. Does that mean I won’t get a grant?
Hang tight. Applicants who are not invited to interview may still be awarded a grant.
What size grants do you give?
We award grants of various sizes each year. In the 2017 grant cycle, we will award several grants between $10,000 and $100,000. If you have questions about this, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you offer grants that span more than one year?
We only accept applications for one-year grants, but occasionally we offer unsolicited grant commitments spanning multiple years.
Does my project need to be Jewish-affiliated to receive a grant?
Absolutely not. Our application is open to all worthwhile nonprofit projects.
Can I view an example of a completed, successful grant application?
We keep this information private, though we provide numerous sample answers in the application itself. You can download the Application Questions for Preparation to see the application questions and these sample answers.
Will I get a copy of my submitted application?
No, but you can access it anytime with your login info.
Can I edit my application after it’s been submitted?
Unfortunately not. If you have additional pressing information that will change your application, you may email it to email@example.com. We cannot guarantee it will be taken into consideration.
If I don’t get a grant, can I apply again next year?
My funding request fits under two of your areas of focus. How do I submit it?
Please read Tip #5 in our “9 Tips for Creating a Successful Application” section below.
My funding request does not fit clearly into one of your areas of focus. How do I submit it?
At this time, we are only accepting applications in our areas of focus: innovative education and teacher training, scientific and medical research, or Yiddish in academic or scholarly settings. Please consider this when deciding whether to submit an application.
My organization’s 501(c)(3) status is pending; can I qualify to receive a grant?
If your organization will be a 501(c)(3) before funding is dispersed, then you may qualify for a grant. In your application, we will need you to upload a letter, if possible from a lawyer, specifying your 501(c)(3) status with a definitive timeline. If you have questions about this, please contact us.
The question I have is not in this FAQ. What should I do?
If your question has not been answered in all of our supporting materials, then please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your inquiry.
Applicants must upload certain documents before they can submit their application for review. These may be submitted as Word, PDF, or Excel files. We suggest applicants collect the following before beginning the online application:
The foundation strongly supports women and minorities, especially in their professional advancement in areas where they are often underrepresented. We encourage applicants to be aware of this and strive for diversity in all their work. We hope applicants will be mindful of diversity when constructing research teams, creating advisory panels, and assigning leadership and management responsibilities on a project.
Fall 2017: Application Period Opens
Winter 2018: Application Deadline
Winter-Spring 2018: Foundation staff and board review applications
Spring 2018: Interviews
Spring 2018: Grant Decisions. All applicants are notified.
Summer 2018: Contract Period. Grant agreements will be sent to successful applicants and must be signed to receive funding. Precise disbursement dates are set upon contract signing.
Fall 2018: Disbursement
Spring 2019: 6 Month Report
Fall 2019: 1 year Report
We recommend you utilize the Application Questions for Preparation resource, and write out your answers in advance. Once you are ready to apply, you can click the Apply Here link below and create a profile with login information. You may begin the application and continue at a later point in time by logging in through our Applicant Dashboard.
We require answers to all the application questions unless otherwise noted. When you download the Application Questions for Preparation, you can prepare all your answers for the application and see our word limits and many sample answers.
We thank you for your interest in the Naomi Foundation and for reading our materials. We hope to hear from you very soon.