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.
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.
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 (email@example.com).