The Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley is proud to offer Chai Starter innovation grants to local Jewish organizations and agencies.  The purpose of the Chai Starter grants is to encourage innovative thinking in addressing some of the important unmet needs in the South Bay Jewish community (Mountain View to Gilroy). 


Application Process

Grant requestors must complete an online application by clicking here or copying and pasting the following into your browser:  Please note:  No single organization may submit more than 3 grant requests.


Application Deadline

All applications must be submitted no later than 5 pm on Friday, March 2, 2018.


Funding Priorities

The Federation Board of Directors has identified five key priority areas, based on feedback from agency and synagogue leaders: 

  • Developing a new generation of leaders for the Jewish community.
  • Ensuring that all Jewish youth have the opportunity to participate in structured Jewish activities/experiences (camps, schools, Israel trips, etc.).
  • Engaging young families in the Jewish community.
  • Connecting young adults to the Jewish community.
  • Caring for Jews in need in the Silicon Valley.


Criteria and Scoring

The following criteria will be used to evaluate each application:                                                                               

  • Alignment with Stated Priorities - 35 points possible                                         

     How well does the program align with one (or more) of the stated priorities? 

  • Fills a Community Need - 30 points possible                                                 

     Does the program fill a community need? (Can be either one of the stated priorities above or

      other identified need in the community.)

  • Impact - 20 points possible  

 Number of people affected, significance of experience

  • Innovative in design - 15 points possible                                                          
  • Multi-organization collaboration - 10 additional bonus points                                             


Application Requirements:

  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate positive and measurable outcomes.
  • Applicants must acknowledge the Federation in all publicity surrounding the program funded by the grant.
  • Existing programs will not be considered for funding unless applicants can show the need for enhanced or expanded programming.
  • Proposals that require multi-year funding from this grant cycle will be accepted; funding for subsequent years will be contingent on review of the program's prior years(s).


To Qualify, Applicants Must:

  • Have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.  (Proposals not affiliated with a 501(c)(3) organization may request that the Federation act as their agent.)
  • Have a mission that is consistent with the mission of the Federation.
  • Be available (if requested) for a personal interview with the board.



Contact Marci Gordon, chief development officer, at or 408-357-7503.