Cooking demonstrations, tastings, hands-on food experiences, films, educational programs and activities to fight hunger in our community. These are just some of the programs that could qualify for support from the recently launched JFE Partnership Grants program.

We know we all love food—learning, preparing, eating and talking about it. And Jewish food, in particular, is an easy, enjoyable way to connect people to our history and heritage as well as each other.  With this in mind, JFE has created Partnership Grants to support and encourage using food as a way to build diverse programming and shared experiences, and to welcome more people to participate in our local Jewish community.

Partnership Grants are a resource for this community, designed to build exciting collaborations between JFE and a wide variety of Jewish organizations including community centers, schools, synagogues and social and volunteer groups. The grants must be used to support food-related programs in a Jewish context. JFE encourages creative, “outside the box” ideas as well as more traditional programs.

Organizations can apply for grants that will cover up to 50 percent of a food-related program that reaches out to at least one of JFE’s target three audiences—young professionals, families and interfaith community members—in any geographic area served by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (DC, Montgomery and Prince Georges’ Counties and Northern Virginia).

The maximum grant will be $5,000 with limited exceptions possible. Grant applications are reviewed on a rolling schedule, approximately once a month.

Download guidelines for submitting a grant and the application. Completed applications should be e-mailed or mailed (one hard copy) to Linda Kraner at [email protected], 301-230-7242, 6101 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852.

If you would like to talk with someone at JFE about your idea for food-related programming, resources or a Partnership Grant, please contact Linda or JFE project director Susan Barocas at [email protected]