Innovation

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Federation Innovation serves as community lab to actively expand the capacity of institutions and individuals. Through immersive skill building experiences, coaching, and intergenerational mentorship, the innovation team is opening new doors of participation for individual and organizational changemakers and accelerating the progress of new ventures.

Path by Plywood

Course begins: July 9 | 8 pm

Do you have a good idea for Jewish Atlanta? Join Federation for our very own Path by Plywood course, because great ideas are born during a time like this. This course will help start you on the road to turning your idea into a reality, as well as provide a community of like-minded individuals looking to try new things, explore their ideas and problem-solve together.  

Course registration is $75. This is a highly subsidized price by our generous community donors (Normal price $250). 

Learn more and register here.

Grant Opportunities

Propel Grant

Propel Grants accelerate Jewish innovation in Atlanta by investing in transformative, creative, and community-driven projects and technologies that reimagine Jewish life in Atlanta and catalyze positive change. Propel grants for FY21 (July 2020 – June 2021) are now closed.

Drum Roll, Please: Propel Grant Winners Announced!
Federation Innovation received an impressive 45 proposals for its Propel Grant and has just announced ten awards ranging from $10K-$25K, totaling in a community investment of almost $200K. Propel’s goal is to help launch transformative, creative and scalable projects that reimagine Jewish life in Atlanta. Representatives from Federation’s Innovation and Community Planning & Impact Committees reviewed the applications and invited a select number of applicants for interviews. We’re so proud to share and celebrate with you next year’s class of Jewish Atlanta Changemakers! Meet the 9 projects funded:

  • Hillel Georgia Tech – TOM (Tikkun Olam Makers)
    Engaging Georgia Tech and the larger Jewish community, TOM aims to innovate assistive devices for those with disabilities through a three-day makeathon. The goal is to partner need-knowers (with a disability) and makers to help develop innovative solutions.
  • AgeWell Atlanta – Information and Referral Concierge
    Atlanta is home to one of the fastest growing senior communities in the country. Most older adults prefer to stay in their own homes as they age, which increases the need for a coordinated system of care. This grant will enable AgeWell Atlanta to respond by creating a centralized concierge, which older adults and caregivers can access a coordinated continuum of services supporting maximum wellness, wherever they reside.
  • OneTable Atlanta – Atlanta Fellow
    Atlanta-based OneTable Field Fellow will empower underserved populations in building their own Jewish community, focusing on engaging Jewishly underserved demographic areas and niche populations (e.g., Jews of Color, LGBTQ, etc.).
  • Congregation Bet Haverim – Community Rabbi
    Moving beyond the concept of membership as the sole “access card” to communal engagement and rabbinic support, the community rabbi will provide life cycle and other rabbinic services to the larger community.
  • Moishe House
    Expanding the scope of Moishe House’s successful programs by supporting the addition of a 4th house in a brand new part of Atlanta, with the primary intent to serve underserved adults in Great Atlanta.
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, Jewish Education Director’s Council & Atlanta Rabbinical Association – Reimagining Jewish Education
    This initiative leverages teachers as catalysts for change and empowers them to use innovative methods and create user-centric educational opportunities with support from nationally acclaimed educational institutions.
  • Tradition Kitchen
    An entrepreneurial venture, making kitchens into Jewish spaces around Atlanta through Jewish cooking classes in community members’ homes, taught by locals ranging from bubbes to famous chefs.
  • The Blue Dove Foundation – Mental Health Responder Toolkit
    Comprehensive project addressing mental health and substance abuse issues through a toolkit and training sessions for organizational leaders and Jewish camps to serve as “mental health first responders.”
  • Repair the World – Solidarity Through Service
    Seeking to address the fractured political climate and high income disparity in Atlanta, this initiative seeks to build consistent and meaningful volunteer and service experiences. Repair will offer community trainings and a robust workshop series for Jewish community partners who serve a broad array of populations, reaching out beyond Repair’s core work serving Millennials.

BLOOM Grant

Got a fresh approach or an entrepreneurial idea, but don’t know where to start? Federation’s innovation team is here to help you launch your idea and test it in our community. Ranging from $500-$2,000, our BLOOM Innovation Microgrant is intended to help you kickstart your idea, deepen your learning and understanding of your ecosystem and benefit from all the tools and resources Federation Innovation has to offer, such as workshops, mentors, and so much more! We want to help you see and realize the possibilities for innovation in our community and take your ideas from clouds to concrete.

For questions, please contact Jori Mendel (jmendel@jewishatlanta.org).

Virtual Wisdom Pairings Event
August 20

Register here!

Upcoming Events

August 20

Virtual Wisdom Pairings

Share wisdom, conversation and a meal. We will carefully pair you with someone whose professional interests, experiences and ambitions match yours. Tap into the Wisdom of the Atlanta Jewish community! Registration open early July.

Innovation News

Looking for a communal event space or a great co-working space or have questions about Federation Innovation? Email us!

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