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ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Should I call or visit with someone before submitting my application or should I submit my idea for review in advance of the deadline?
Because of the number of proposals BJH Foundation receives, it is not possible for staff to meet with all potential applicants or review ideas for proposals prior to the grant cycle. You are encouraged to review the Grant Application Guidelines closely for answers to your questions. Visit www.bjhfoundation.org. for information.

What do you mean by "underserved Jewish seniors"?
BJH Foundation is interested in serving older Jewish adults who are not receiving any or very few services. Some may be receiving some services but still have a substantial number of unmet needs. Some may live in areas where there is no temple or synagogue; hence receive no or little contact from a rabbi or friends from the synagogue.

If we know a trustee of the BJH Foundation, may we contact her or him?
Trustees generally prefer that applicants utilize the staff of BJH Foundation for discussion and correspondence regarding their organizations and grant applications.

We are a non-Jewish organization. May we apply?
Yes, as long as you have a 501(c)(3) and serve older Jewish adults.

Does BJH Foundation make grants to individuals?
No, not for any purpose.

Does BJH Foundation make grants to small businesses?
No. BJH Foundation makes grants only to non-profit, charitable organizations exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code or to governmental units, schools and synagogues.

Can organizations located outside of North or South Carolina apply for a grant?
Yes, organizations located outside North or South Carolina may apply for a grant if they have a 501(c)(3) status, but the funds have to be used for programs serving older Jewish adults within North Carolina or South Carolina.

If we applied for a grant last year and it was not approved, can we apply again?
Yes, you may apply as many years as you like regardless of whether a grant is approved or not.

Last year we received a grant from BJH Foundation. Does that mean it will be easier for us to receive one this year?
No, each year brings a new grant cycle and requires a new application focused on the criteria and priorities of BJH Foundation. An organization's capacity to achieve the proposed outcomes in the grant application might influence whether the Foundation would invest funds for a project in a new grant cycle.

What is the deadline and when are the grant decisions made?
The filing deadline is February 28, 2017. The Board of Trustees will announce grant awards after May 15, 2017.

When does the application have to be received by the Foundation?
All applications must be postmarked or hand delivered by 5:00 p.m. on February 28, 2017. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications in advance of the deadline.

Is there a limit on the amount of funds we can request?
No, but the amount requested should be reasonable in relation to your overall budget. Generally, BJH Foundation does not make awards over $10,000. Amounts up to $50,000 will be considered if the application addresses the "Health and Wellness" category. The Foundation prefers not to be the lone source of funding for a project. Grantees should plan to fund part of the project or use matching funds from other sources, i.e., leverage funds when possible.

My organization is requesting a grant to fund a program that includes Jewish and non-Jewish older adults. Can grant funds be used to fund programs like this?
Yes, but grant funds can only be used to support the older Jewish adults; funding from other sources will be needed to support the non-Jewish older adults enrolled in the program.

We have two older Jewish adult members at our synagogue who need financial support for their nursing home care. May funds be used for nursing home care or other medical costs?
No, BJH Foundation funds can not be used for nursing home care or other residential or medical care costs.

May we use grant funds to support daily operations of programs that support older Jewish adults?
Awards will typically be made to organizations to subsidize existing programs only if the grant is used for expansion of new people enrolled, for unmet needs of older Jewish adults or for strengthening of impact to an existing program.

What does BJH Foundation mean when it asks for benefits?
Also known as results or outcomes, benefits are measures showing achievements toward the objectives of the project. Benefits indicate what will be better or different because of an investment in a grantee's project.

Why is impact important?
Having impact---making a difference---is very important to BJH Foundation, a critical commitment we share with our grantees. When grants are made to organizations whose programs have a great impact, we believe we have made a good investment of our funds.

Impact may mean:

  • Providing positive benefits to individual older Jewish adult recipients
  • Enhancing or improving self-sustaining organizations
  • Effecting needed change and adding value in the communities we serve
  • Contributing to the broader efforts to improve the human condition of older Jewish adults

If I am not sure what you are looking for in some of the application questions, where can I get help?
First, refer to the Grant Guidelines. If you are still unsure you are welcome to contact Wendee Cutler at wcutler@bjhfoundation.org with your questions.