How to Apply


To submit an Emerging Idea, you must meet the following:

Don’t let a fiscal sponsor be a barrier! Individuals will require a fiscal sponsor by the application step. Individuals may submit an Emerging Idea without a secured fiscal sponsor but should give ample time before the January 14 deadline to discuss with Kim Newstadt before making their submission.

Non-local initiatives are eligible and must either hire or partner with a local individual or organization.

Funding must be tied to a particular program, initiative, or process; grants will not be made for unrestricted funding.

Prospective applicants and curious end-users are highly encouraged to attend a Reflect Cincy Training Session on December 15th or 16th. Learn more here. Applying for a Reflect Cincy Grant is a 2-step process. The first step is to submit an Emerging Idea; this portal will open in December with a deadline of January 14, 2022. Applications who are screened in will be invited to proceed to the second step to submit a full application by March 28, 2022. See Important Dates for more information.
What We Fund

At a glance, funded initiatives will:

  1. Address a demonstrated unmet need within one of the 3 underrepresented segments in Jewish Cincinnati to foster Jew-ish connection. See RFP and FAQ for details.
  2. Demonstrate how stakeholders are positioned to have influence
  3. Be distinctive (show change – a new approach or an adaptation of something existing) and complementary to existing infrastructure
  4. Incorporate time for learning and adaptation. Preference will be given to initiatives that emphasize experimentation, and include a program, initiative, or process as part of their scope.

See the documents below for what we fund and how applications will be evaluated.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) provides an overview. View the Emerging Idea questions to prepare for your first submission (this is a small subset of the application questions). View the Criteria rubric for the full list of application questions (second submission).



Emerging idea questions


Criteria rubric

Our Impact

Our long-term goal is to create an open, inclusive, and diverse Jew-ish organizational and communal culture that creates pathways for people to find meaning and connection.

TJF is committed to making investments that place Jews who are reflective of underrepresented segments in positions of influence and decision-making. TJF believes that these changes will create more compelling ways for these individuals to form Jew-ish connections. Funded initiatives are intended to be designed by and for the target audience, without expectations for traditional engagement and revenue generation.

For transparency, see the document below for a list of reporting questions that grantees will answer at the close of their grant cycle.

Grant Report Questions