We're excited to announce the three recipients awarded Jewish Federation of Madison Community Grants through the Cheryl Rosen Weston Fund of $10,000 each. The Jewish Federation of Madison Community Grants through the Cheryl Rosen Weston Fund supports projects that connect Jewish youth and adults with diverse members of the general Madison community to advance social justice, build community partnerships, and improve the well-being of all community members. Projects are evaluated based on their ability to create social change. We look forward to providing updates on the important projects awarded grants as they get underway.
Organization: Beth Israel Center
Program Title: Confronting Racism: BIC-Nehemiah Strategic Learning Partnership
To support the facilitation of joint activities between Beth Israel Center and the Nehemiah Community Development Center, the Justified Anger project and the Fountain of Life Church to promote social justice, religious tolerance, and the advancement of the well-being for all community members; in particular, addressing the relationship between Jews and Black communities in the Greater Madison.
Nehemiah staff will guide a group of 20 to 35 Beth Israel Center members toward understanding how racism is embedded in our country's systems, structures, and institutions - who will then undertake to challenge and change some part of our society's systemic racism.
Organization: Boys & Girls Club of Dane County
Program Title: Community Meal Service Project
To facilitate shared service-learning experiences for middle and high school-aged youth, building connections between Boys & Girls Club of Dane County and Jewish Federation of Madison members with programming that create spaces for youth to collaborate, share diverse perspectives, and promote the well-being of their community through addressing community food security issues.
The project will engage 25 youth from each organization to survey food preferences, plan the menu, develop the marketing, and prepare and serve a monthly community meal in the Dunn's Marsh neighborhood - building connectivity and paving the way for future collaboration.
Organization: Hillel Foundation University of Wisconsin - Madison and 100 Black Men of Madison
Program Title: Building Bridges through Tutoring and Life Coaching
To provide support to Project 3000, a major initiative of 100 Black Men of Madison, by securing and training 10-15 college student tutors/life coaches to disadvantaged, and often at risk, youth to support families (parents, grandparents, caregivers) adversely impacted because of the shift to virtual schooling and suffering the equity gap exacerbated by the impact of the pandemic, quarantine, and economic decline.
This project wishes to not only help those students and families who are adversely impacted by Covid-19 but to create and foster individual relationships and partnerships between coaches.
The proposal deadline for the next cycle of grants to be awarded is March 1, 2021.
See Request for Proposals >