Jewish Federation of Madison Innovation Panel


Calling all Jewish Social Entrepreneurs!


The Jewish Federation of Madison Innovation Panel (JFMIP) is pleased to announce that we are accepting proposals for new, innovative Jewish community projects by September 3, 2015. Supported by a board designated endowment fund as a result of an anonymous bequest, JFMIP will award up to $28,000 annually to deserving, creative initiatives for Madison’s Jewish community. This fund will be available until 2016, before it may be re-directed by Jewish Federation of Madison Board of Directors. Grants will be made on a semi-annual basis. The fifth proposal and deadline cycle is September 3, 2015. Submissions are due by 5:00 pm CST on Thursday, September 3, 2015 and should be submitted electronically to A sixth round of submissions will be accepted in March, 2016.


The JFMIP is chaired by Deborah Minkoff, with members appointed to serve on an annual basis. The panel will read all applications, evaluate and rate each one according to the established criteria, then prioritize for approval by the Executive Committee of the Federation. Recipients will be presented to the Board of Directors prior to a public announcement.


Applicants are welcome to share their proposal ideas with a panel member by August 7, 2015. The panel member will be happy to work with applicants prior to the deadline. If interested, please email or contact one of the panel members listed in the Grant Application Criteria & Guidelines Download.


JFMIP is charged with identifying and investing in creative, innovative, new programs and organizations that have the potential for community impact. JFMIP supports programs based in the greater Madison area.


For more information,  download criteria and guidelines or email Dina at


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  • Past Grant Recipients

    The Jewish Federation of Madison Innovation Panel has awarded grants to a diverse variety of creative initiatives for Madison’s Jewish community. Grant recipient programs have ranged from educational, to social action, to recreational - benefiting our community's children, adults, and families.