About the Natan/NEXT Grants for Social Entrepreneurs
Natan and NEXT have
joined forces to support cultural, spritual,
educational, service, and community-building projects run by you for
your friends and peers. We’re looking to award grants of up to $10,000
for long-term projects—dreams that you hope to one day turn into
organizations, clubs, and annual events. Please review the guidelines below to learn more.
Please note that the guidelines below may be
changed from time to time, and without prior notice. You can always find the most up-to-date guidelines on this page.
Applicant Eligibility Requirements
In order to apply, you must be:
- A U.S.
citizen or permanent resident;
- Between the ages of 18-30;
- NOT an
employee of NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation, Birthright Israel Foundation,
Birthright Israel North America, or Natan, nor are you a part of the immediate
family of an employee of any of these organizations. “Immediate family”
includes only spouses, parents, siblings, and children.
Preparing to Apply
As a general rule, the more planning you can do in advance, the more likely that your project will be awarded funding.
Before completing an application for a project, make sure to answer
the following questions:
- What is the goal
(or goals) of the project?
- Is there an
important need or issue that the project will address?
- Who is the
target audience for the project?
- What resources
will be required for the project?
- People to plan
- People to staff
- Materials and financial needs?
- Are there other Jewish
institutions in your community that could provide resources/assistance to you?
- What is the
timeline for the project?
- How will the
project be evaluated to determine whether it was successful?
The Natan and NEXT Grant Committees are looking for innovative,
grassroots ideas and are more likely to fund entrepreneurs who can answer YES to these questions.
- Does the project connect Birthright Israel alumni and young Jewish adults with meaningful Jewish experiences?
- Is the project creative and unique to its location?
- Does the project address an under-served audience of Jews? Is there a potential for measurable impact on that audience?
- Is the project actually feasible to implement in the proposed timetable? Is the proposal comprehensive and well-planned?
Committee will not discriminate in awarding funding based on Jewish
affiliation, race, gender, sexual orientation, sexual preference, gender
identity, national origin, or status as a military veteran. Please note that all funding decisions related to the
Natan/NEXT Grant for Social Entrepreneurs are made at the
sole and exclusive discretion of the Natan and NEXT Grant
Committees, and that the decisions of the
Committees are not subject to appeal.
The Fine Print: Funding Restrictions
Grant funding cannot be spent on:
- Projects that are
held or substantially organized by or on behalf of other pre-established organizations.
- Projects that
incorporate organizational partnerships or additional funding from outside
sources where these partnerships/funding have not been approved by NEXT.
- Projects which
support or promote a political candidate, movement, or party.
- Projects which
disparage, attack, defame, demean, tarnish, or might otherwise, under
reasonable standards, harm any person, group, company, or organization.
travel-related fees (e.g. airfare, train tickets, taxis, hotel accommodations,
car rentals, etc.) for anyone, including yourself, guest speakers,
facilitators, or attendees.
- Stipends or wages
for yourself or other organizers.
substances, including, but not limited to, alcohol.
- Fundraising for
or direct donations to other companies, organizations, or individuals.
- Anything not
included in the approved grant proposal and budget.
In the event that you are unclear or unsure about whether NEXT will
support a particular grant expense, please contact NEXT for
clarification prior to incurring such expense.
Natan/NEXT Grant Procedure
- Start by completing and submitting your
Natan/NEXT Grants for Social Entrepreneurs application. Applications must be submitted by 5pm EST on January 15, 2013.
- Each and every grant application will be reviewed by the Natan and NEXT Grant Committees.
- The Grant
Committees may select finalists who will be invited to give a presentation to the Natan Board.
- Notification of
acceptance or rejection will be emailed directly to applicants by mid-February, 2013.
Grant Administration Process for Approved
- If your proposal is approved, you will be assigned a Grant Administrator from
NEXT who will work with you to establish goals, milestones,
and reporting dates for your project.
- You will then
receive a Grant Agreement that must be signed and returned to NEXT before funding can be dispersed. Note that all funding will be disbursed by NEXT.
- NEXT will issue your first check, which can only be made out in your name, for fifty percent
(50%) of your approved Grant amount.
- A second
installment of up to twenty-five percent (25%) of your grant will be provided, contingent on the progress outlined in your interim grant report and reporting on spending during the first half of your grant period.
- The final payment
of up to the remaining twenty-five percent (25%) of the grant will be provided at
the end of the grant period, contingent upon the progress outlined in your final grant report and reporting on spending during the entirely of your grant period. REMEMBER TO SAVE YOUR RECEIPTS!
- In the event that
the final (actual) grant-related costs are less than the awarded grant, the
final grant disbursement will be adjusted to reflect the lower cost. Within thirty (30) days of
submitting your final grant report, you will be required to
reimburse NEXT for any amount of grant disbursements received
which exceed the amount you spent.
Some Final Notes
- While YOU are primarily responsible for promoting your project, NEXT is here to help promote you. Please take advantage of your grant administrator as a resource to help you achieve success! Note that ALL promotional efforts and print
and online marketing materials must include the official Natan logo and the
official NEXT logo. All usage of the Natan and NEXT logos and branding must be approved by your grant administrator.
administering project-related activities, it is important to collect and track demographic information about your participants. How old are they? Have they been on Taglit-Birthright Israel trips? What is the gender breakdown of your participants? This information will be crucial to NEXT in its reporting and will also help you to evaluate your programming approach.
- And finally, stay in touch! Notify your grant administrator of any change in your contact information, location, or the nature of your programming.