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Entrepreneurial Spirit

February 24, 2016

New Grant Opportunities to Spur Entrepreneurism 


The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College embraces an entrepreneurial approach. Our students are taught that collaboration and innovation are needed if we are to cultivate new models and expressions of Jewish life.

To that end, RRC is thrilled to announce the creation of the Auerbach Entrepreneurial Grant Program. The $50,000 grant is from the Auerbach Foundation Fund, which is under the auspices of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford, aims to spur "bold experiments that seek to reconstruct Jewish experience and engagement for the 21st century."

Current rabbinical students and recent graduates (from 2014 or later) can apply for mini-grants from $500 to $2,000 to fund small scale projects. They may also apply for a $20,000 Maxi-Grant for a larger project. Both grants seek to spur an “innovative pilot project for Jewish living or Jewish engagement in the 21st century environment” that has the potential to grow and be replicated.  

Among the criteria is that projects must serve Jews living outside the greater New York and Los Angeles metropolitan areas.

Mini-grants applications will be accepted from March 1 through April 1. Projects can commence starting in April and should be concluded by September.

The maxi-grant is a 2:1 matching grant, meaning that recipients must raise or generate $10,000 by the project’s conclusion. The application is due June 1 and the anticipated start date must be no later than October.

Stay tuned in the coming months for announcements about the recipients and their game-changing projects.


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