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Natan and NEXT Launch 2014 Grants

Applications Now Open for Natan/NEXT Grants for Social Entrepreneurs

Contact: Jason Edelstein, (510) 239-1102

NEW YORK, NY (February 11, 2014) – Young Jewish adults with a vision to create cultural, spiritual, educational, service, and community-building projects for their peers can begin applying for a 2014 Natan/NEXT Grant for Social Entrepreneurs.  Applications will be accepted through March 7 and recipients will be notified in June. Grants of up to $10,000 each will be awarded to projects that demonstrate long-term potential to engage young Jewish adults.

“We are always excited to partner with Natan to help passionate young Jewish adults create innovative Jewish experiences for their friends and communities,” says Morlie Levin, CEO of NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation. “These grants help the Birthright Israel generation connect with each other and enrich the ecosystem of Jewish opportunities according to their own unique interests and ideas.”

Since 2010, Natan and NEXT have awarded more than 21 social entrepreneur grants, totaling $126,000. From new spiritual communities to a Jewish music festival to a create-your-own haggadah website, past grantees have realized their dreams by creating and building start-up projects to help young Jewish adults explore Jewish life.

“This will be our seventh round of grantmaking in partnership with NEXT,” adds Jackie Fishman, Assistant Director of the Natan Fund. “Together we've supported a diverse group of individuals and initiatives that represent a varied applicant pool. We're excited to see what this round will have in store and to see the ways in which this cohort engages with their communities and their peers.”

Through its work with local Jewish communities and organizations across the country, NEXT understands the desire of Birthrighters to engage with Judaism in personal, authentic, and meaningful ways.

Adds Levin, “Today’s young adults want to take risks and try new and different ways to connect with their Jewish identity. Often, they want to do this within a community of their friends. For all of the social entrepreneurs out there, this is an opportunity to do even more.”

Potential applicants can learn more about the Natan/NEXT Grants for Social Entrepreneurs during NEXT’s upcoming webinars. The webinars will take place on February 20, 2014 at 3:00 PM EST and February 27, 2014 at 12:00 PM EST. RSVP for the webinars by emailing grants@birthrightisraelnext.org.

To apply for a Natan/NEXT grant and get additional updates, visit birthrightisraelnext.org/grants or visit NEXT on Facebook.

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About Natan
Natan inspires young philanthropists to become actively engaged in Jewish giving by funding innovative projects that are shaping the Jewish future.

About NEXT
NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation helps turn ten day trips to Israel into lifelong Jewish journeys. Building on the Birthright Israel experience, NEXT empowers communities, professionals, and Birthrighters themselves to create meaningful Jewish opportunities for young adults.