Supporting Innovation

Thanks to the generous support of donors, the Jewish Community Foundation has a special envelope available to award annual 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 and institution as well as Federation CJA and its affiliated organizations. Nova Grants are designated for programs that have a specific focus within the following three thematic areas:

  • Supporting the vulnerable
  • Jewish identity & culture
  • Institutional strengthening 

A limited number of JCF Nova Grants up to $50,000 per program will be made available and allocated on an annual basis for either one-time funding or funding for up to a maximum of 3 (three) years, depending on the nature of the program.



Proposals will be welcomed and considered for programs that:

  • Are focused, new or innovative, or have an untested approach to meeting an identified, evidence-based current critical or emerging need
  • Take into account restrictions arising from the present Covid 19 pandemic, using technology and virtual service delivery where appropriate
  • Demonstrate important potential and measurable impact on the future of the Montreal Jewish community
  • Have an evaluation process with established qualitative and quantitative goals
  • Be sustainable, with funding secured beyond the grant period

Funding will not be considered for:

  • Infrastructure
  • 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
  • Reducing operating deficits


All requests for funding will only be accepted in writing, using the Nova Grants application form 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 alignment with our funding goals. Only completed applications will be considered. Additional supporting material (except videos) may be included.

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 during its review process.

Requests must be submitted electronically by the specified deadline and must include:

  • Plan for outcome measurement
  • Plan for financial sustainability, if applicable
  • A completed budget form detailing the proposed use of the financial resources you are requesting, as well as all other sources of income
  • Proof of charitable status or determination of how you would operate should you not have charitable status

Once the application has been submitted, an email confirmation of receipt will be sent. Applicants can expect a response following the complete allocation process. Please do not call or email to ask about the status of your application.

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