For the third straight year, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore is accepting proposals for Jewish Baltimore Innovation Grants, or JBIG, a microgrants initiative conducted through the generosity of the Baltimore-based Nathan and Lillian Weinberg Family Foundation.

Individuals and grassroots organizations are encouraged to submit ideas for projects aimed at strengthening Jewish community, identity and continuity in the Baltimore metropolitan area. Microgrants — each up to $1,000 — will be awarded for selected projects; the submission deadline is Feb. 13, 2019. Grantees will be notified of funding decisions via email during the week of April 29, 2019.
JBIG offers an opportunity for individuals and grassroots organizations to seed, develop and actualize new ideas and concepts. In the last cycle, JBIG awarded grants for projects ranging from a city bike ride with Bmore Jews on Bikes that culminated with Havdalah at the Harbor, to the non-denominational Medfield Tot Shabbat in midtown Baltimore, as well as a Baltimore Chesed League for middle school boys to participate in acts of kindness and community service, accumulating points for participating in periodic prize outings.

JBIG is open to individuals 18 and older living in Baltimore City or County, as well as those representing grassroots organizations that currently do not receive funding from The Associated.

A committee of volunteers will review the requests and make the funding decisions.

To learn more about JBIG and complete the application, go to associated.org/jbig.

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