Are you looking to engage your peers in a unique event or program? Does your event focus on Jewish life, Tikkun Olam/social change, or Israel? If so, consider applying for Grassroots Initiative funding!

Grassroots at a Glance

Grassroots Events grants empower you to activate your community with unique and meaningful local programming. Thinking of organizing a Grassroots Event? Read on for guidelines and details! Click here to view the Grassroots Events video.

 

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The Basics
  • ROI Community members (as well as participants of other Schusterman immersive programs – check the FAQs for details!) are eligible to apply for Grassroots Events funding! Keep in mind that while you may apply for any number of Grassroots Events grants, you may only receive up to three such grants per year.
  • Grassroots Events applications that receive approval typically get funded for an amount ranging between $1,000-$5,000 (US).
  • Applications must be submitted at least six weeks before your proposed event's start date. You will hear back from us regarding your funding request within 10 business days of applying.
  • Grassroots Events funding is intended for events that align with the Schusterman Family Foundation values of Tikkun Olam, Israel, Jewish community and/or inclusion. Read more about these values here.
  • Thinking of applying for a Grassroots Events grant but haven't yet worked out all the details? We encourage you to fill in as many blanks as you can before applying – we are looking for a well-articulated concept and a strong implementation strategy.
Process
  1. Apply. Apply for a Grassroots Events grant at least six weeks in advance of your proposed event. Application tip: Don't forget to hit "Submit," and look out for an email confirmation that your request has been received.
  2. Hear Back. Wait for the Grassroots Events team to contact you via email with application approval or follow-up questions.
  3. Check In. As you near the end of the planning stages, fill out and submit your interim report (this must be submitted at least 15 days before the event's start date). At this stage, you may request up to 60% of your approved funding. (How does this work? Check out the FAQs!)
  4. Run Your Event! The prep work is done! Now it's time to activate your community by transforming your plans into action.
  5. Report. Within 30 days of the conclusion of your event, submit your final report using the unique link that was emailed to you after your event. Report tip: You will be required to submit receipts/invoices as part of your report in order to receive your reimbursement – so don't lose those receipts!
  6. Payment. Final payments for Grassroots Events are awarded in the form of reimbursements. All reimbursements are made vial PayPal, except in countries where PayPal does not operate. Payment tip: If you do not have a PayPal account, please set one up! If you reside in a country not served by PayPal, please let us know and we will arrange an alternate payment method.

Questions? Visit our Grassroots Events FAQs. If you can't find the answer to your query online, contact the Grassroots Events team.

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