Thanks to the generous support of donors, the Jewish Community Foundation (JCF) has a special envelope available to award grants for innovative programs which will have maximum impact on the local Montreal Jewish community.

The JCF invites applications for a Nova Grant from any local non-profit Jewish communal organization or institution, or a non-profit organization serving a predominantly Jewish population, as well as Federation CJA (FCJA) and its affiliated organizations. Nova Grants are designated for programs that have a specific focus in at least one of the following three thematic areas:

  • Supporting the Vulnerable
  • Jewish Identity and Culture
  • Institutional Strengthening

A limited number of JCF Nova Grants of up to a maximum of $50,000 per program will be made available and allocated for either one-time funding for a program to be completed within one year, or funding to be used over a period of two years, depending on the nature of the program.

Please note, this funding is designed to kick-start innovative and unique programs that will greatly benefit the Montreal Jewish community. This funding is not designed to sustain programs over the long term or support the continuation of an organisation’s core delivery.

For information please contact Lizzie Cody at 514.734.1603 or [email protected]



Proposals will be welcomed and considered for programs that serve geographic locations predominantly in Montreal and/or other cities in the Province of Quebec where there is a Jewish Community. The criteria are listed in order of priority. Programs must:

  • Be focused, new or innovative. We would like programs to have, where possible, an untested approach to meeting an evidence-based identified current critical or emerging need or be developing a service that is unique to the community.
  • Demonstrate important potential and measurable impact on the future of the Montreal Jewish community.
  • Demonstrate, in your application, a clear approach to evaluating your work with distinct quantitative and/or qualitative goals.
  • Be sustainable, with funding secured for any program extending beyond the grant period.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the current social context and adapt delivery where appropriate i.e., by offering virtual or hybrid service models if needed.

What we won’t fund:

  • Infrastructure, meaning core operational work.
  • Purchase of computers and other related equipment.
  • Administrative or recurring salaries.
  • Feasibility studies, assessments, research, capital projects, scholarships, or operations.
  • Replacement of funding from FCJA or other funders.
  • Funding to reduce operating deficits.

For information please contact Lizzie Cody at 514.734.1603 or [email protected]


All requests for funding will only be accepted in writing, using the Nova Grants application form linked on the JCF website. The party applying for funding is responsible for submitting the request(s). The online application offers the opportunity to provide detailed information about your idea for funding consideration. The questions were designed to help the JCF Allocations Committee better understand your program goals and objectives as well as its alignment with our funding goals. Only completed applications will be considered.

Please note that no meetings will be held with the applicants before, during or after the selection process, unless the JCF requires and requests such a meeting.

Requests must be submitted via the online application form by the specified deadline and must include:

  • Proof of charitable status (your CRA number) or determination of how you would operate should you not have charitable status.
  • Evidence that you have considered reasonable outcomes for your work and how they might be evaluated.
  • Plan for financial sustainability, if applicable.
  • A high-level budget that shows your expected revenue and expenses, as it’s relevant to the work you are applying for funding to support.

You do not need to send us copies of your audited financial statements or additional supporting material. If we do not have sufficient information from your application to make a fair assessment, we will get in contact with you.

Once the application has been submitted, you will receive confirmation via email. Applicants can expect a response following the complete allocations process. We are unable to update you on the status of your application until the assessment process is complete and will not give individual feedback until this time.

2023-2024 Nova Grant Recipients

  • Agence Ometz
  • Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal (Canada)
  • Anshei Yisroel Congregation
  • Beth Jacob de Rav Hirschprung School
  • Bikur Cholim Ladies Association
  • Canadian Friends of Yeshivat Aish Hatorah
  • Chabad Étudiants Juifs Francophones
  • Chabad of Sherbrooke and the Eastern Townships
  • Chabad of the Town of Mount Royal
  • Conseil Communautaire Notre-Dame-De-Grace Inc.
  • Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors
  • Free Hebrew for Juniors
  • Hebrew Academy Foundation Inc.
  • Hebrew Free Loan Association
  • Holocaust Education and Genocide Prevention Foundation
  • Institut Yavné
  • Lifeline Centre
  • Montreal Symphony Orchestra
  • Penimi
  • Rohr Chabad NDG
  • Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom, Montreal
  • The Museum of Jewish Montreal
  • United Talmud Torahs of Montreal Inc.
  • Westmount Chabad Organization

For information please contact Lizzie Cody at 514.734.1603 or [email protected]


Round 6 of Nova Grants applications are now closed, the application window was January 15th 2024 until February 29th 2024.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to complete your application you must download this program budget and attach it to the Nova application form in the next step. Once you have downloaded and completed your budget click on “Begin Application

For information please contact Lizzie Cody at 514.734.1603 or [email protected]

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