Apply for a Grant
Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Naomi Foundation! We are excited to learn about your new and pioneering projects in the fields we support: innovative education and teacher training, Yiddish in academic and scholarly settings, and scientific and medical research.
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.
We are not currently accepting applications. While we are always happy to hear about your work in the field and encourage you to write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, we will not review unsolicited proposals.
We will begin accepting applications for the 2019-2020 cycle in Fall 2018. Please check our website or Facebook page for periodic updates. 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.
Required Documents and Templates
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:
- Your project’s budget List each staff line separately and include % time spent on the project. In the same document, include a list of committed support (donations) and expected revenue. For the purposes of this document, please include your grant request to the Naomi Foundation as a highlighted item in the committed support section. Do not list other anticipated/potential support in this section. You may download our Project Budget Template, though you should feel free to use whatever format works best for you as long as it has all the required information. All amounts must be in USD.
Download Project Budget Template
- Your project’s financial reports for the current and most recent years. These reports may span calendar years or fiscal years; just be sure to include the dates your report covers. You may download our Financial Report Template, though you should feel free to use whatever format works best for you as long as it has all the required information. All amounts must be in USD.
Download Financial Report Template
- A list of your board of directors with their affiliations.
- A copy of your most recent IRS determination letter indicating your organization’s tax-exempt status. For Israeli amutot, please include your amuta determination letter and a letter of good standing. If you are a different foreign 501(c)(3) equivalent organization, please include your relevant documentation. If you do not fit any of these criteria but feel that you still might qualify for a grant, please email email@example.com for next steps.
9 Tips for Submitting a Successful Application
- Get to know the foundation. Check us out! Take a look at our areas of focus, learn about our grantees and their projects where possible, and read our bios. This will help you craft your application with a clear sense of how your project fits in with our goals.
- Manage your time. Although we tried to make our application user-friendly and put space limits on questions, all grant applications take organization and careful thought. Make sure to allow enough time to submit your application by our deadline, and be aware that we cannot accept late materials. We recommend you download the Application Questions for Preparation to plan your answers before starting your application online.
- Read all the applicant resources before beginning the application. If you’re reading this, you’re already on the right track. We provide information about the process, our required documents, FAQs, timeline information, and budget and financial templates. If you aren’t sure about something, and you can’t find it within our application resources or on our website, you can contact us. We’re here to help!
- Be ready to partner. The Naomi Foundation favors projects that are in their early stages and can benefit from the mentorship we provide. We want to be in regular contact with each of our grantees to really get to know the project leadership and influence the project’s trajectory. We hope that together, we can take your project to new heights!
- Classify your project correctly. Most successful applications will fit clearly into one of our three areas of focus: innovative education, Yiddish in academic and scholarly settings, or scientific and medical research. If you believe your project fits into two or more areas, think about the overarching vision of your project. For example, if your project request is to launch a program in the sciences, ask yourself what challenge you are trying to address, and what the vision for the project is. In the prior example, if your vision is to increase access to high school science education for underprivileged students, then this project fits more squarely under our education category. If your vision is to advance high-level scientific inquiry, then it belongs under our scientific and medical research rubric.
- Prepare. Our application includes questions about vision, benchmarks, evaluation, and future planning. We think it’s critical for organizations to reflect on these questions; the most effective organizations do so regularly.
- Prepare some more. Have all your organizational and supporting materials handy and in our requested format before beginning the application so you can easily upload these documents. All documents must be uploaded before you will be able to submit your completed application. Click here for more info on our required documents.
- Stand out. At its core, the Naomi Foundation is an education foundation, and a thread of teaching, learning, and mentorship runs through all our projects. However, we aren’t looking for cookie-cutter projects or replicas of projects we’ve already supported or are currently committed to. Your uniqueness and vision should bring something new to the table – we love innovation and fresh ideas.
- Be clear, complete, and concise. You know your project intimately, and if we award you a grant, we will too, but the application is meant to provide a snapshot of the work you do. Explain it to us in clear, basic terms, and make sure to answer all the questions. We’ve designed our space and character limits to be generous and to accommodate all kinds of organizations and projects. You should have ample space, and it is just fine if you do not use the full character limit in any given question.
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.
Grant Timeline for 2018-19 Grant Cycle
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
Review Application Questions and Apply
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.