The 2019 Grant Cycle is now closed.
What is a Cutting Edge Grant?

The Foundation's Cutting Edge Grants program supports new and innovative programs in the Los Angeles Jewish community. We encourage creative thinkers, social entrepreneurs and innovative organizations to propose significant and transformative programs of high visibility and impact.

How much funding is available?

We fund cutting edge programs for up to $250,000 over a multi-year period that address important needs in the L.A. Jewish community.

The Cutting Edge Grant selection process spans a 9-month period. Awards are generally announced in July of each year with first payments processed in September.

How do I apply?

The 2019 grant cycle is now closed.

Attend our Grantseekers Workshop on Tuesday morning, November 27, 2018.

Steps to attend the Workshop:

  1. Review Eligibility Criteria below to determine if your program meets the criteria

  2. Submit the following information to (limit your responses to no more than 3 sentences per bullet below):

    • Brief description of your organization with link to website, if applicable.

    • Brief description of your proposed program.

    • Brief description of how your proposed program is cutting edge and what differentiates it from other similar programs.

  3. Complete a Workshop registration form (a staff member will be in touch to provide you with this form)

At the 2-hour Workshop you will learn how to apply for a Cutting Edge Grant.

For questions, please contact Naomi Strongin, Senior Program Officer at

Applicant Eligibility Criteria
Program Category Eligibility Criteria
  • New model not previously tested: A cutting edge program that has not been previously tested in any location and that will result in a new model for the L.A. Jewish community. This may include:

    • Existing organizations that launch new programs

    • Social entrepreneurs that launch new organizations and programs

  • Community-wide implementation of a successfully piloted program: A cutting edge program that has been piloted in Los Angeles, proven to be viable and is proposed for community-wide implementation in the L.A. Jewish community.

  • Adaptation of a successful program for Los Angeles: A cutting edge program operating elsewhere in the United States that may be suitable for replication or adaptation in the L.A. Jewish community (local staff person or on-the-ground partner organization required).

Proposal Evaluation Criteria
  1. The program is unique in concept, design and implementation.

  2. The applicant has the capacity and leadership to implement the proposed program.

  3. The program appears viable to implement.

  4. Program sustainability is likely once the grant award period is completed.

  5. Short-term outcomes are well articulated, achievable and will result in meaningful impact on the Los Angeles Jewish community or a particular demographic within the community.

  6. The program has the potential to create long-term benefit and transformation for the Los Angeles Jewish community beyond the term of the grant period.

  7. The program offers an opportunity for significant visibility for The Foundation.

Eligibility Restrictions

Grants not made to:

  • Organizations with operating budgets less than $5 million that have an open Cutting Edge Grant

  • Individual synagogues or day schools

  • Private foundations and private non-operating foundations

  • Endowment programs

  • Programs that do not serve a predominantly Jewish population

Grants not made for:

  • Operational support

  • Capacity building

  • Programs based on travel

  • Program Expansion

  • Building/renovation projects

  • Research programs

  • Programs not proposed for implementation in L.A.

  • Film/documentary/web-based projects

See our Cutting Edge Grants Brochure for a list of previous Cutting Edge Grant recipients.