Initiative in Congregational Education (ICE)

Grants Process Overview 2019-2020

We are pleased to provide application process criteria, categories, and materials for the Initiative in Congregational Education (I.C.E.), school year 2019-2020.

Please note: The entire 2019-2020 ICE grants process will be online. No paper submissions will be accepted.



  • In order to be considered for an I.C.E. grant, Cluster Grant application(s) must be submitted by Friday, August 20, 2019.
  • If approved, Letters of Agreement will be disbursed, and are due by Friday, October 18, 2019.
  • 2019-2020 Congregational School Information form is due by Friday, October 18, 2019.
  • Grant checks will be disbursed in November to schools that have complied with the grant requirements outlined on the applications.
  • Immediately following completion of the program (absolutely no later than May 1, 2020), the 2019-2020 Program Evaluation form is due.



To qualify for support, all schools participating in a grant must meet these basic criteria:

  • Be in operation for at least three years;
  • Be part of a Jewish communal organization with 501©3 status;
  • Have professional leadership to administer your program, a lay board to set policy, and some fiduciary to review evaluation of educational achievement and assessment of impact on learners;
  • Funds must be used to enhance your programs, not as a substitute for resources in your core operating budget;
  • The school must implement a process of evaluation that references how the program met its goals and what impact it had on the learners (either faculty or students and extended family);
  • Each school must provide the statistical data that is requested on the 2019-2020 School Overview form in a timely manner;
  • Each school must submit samples of how and where the Federation was acknowledged in their congregation;
  • The lead professional should be prepared to share the program and evaluation with Federation’s Department of Learning and Leadership in writing and/or at an EDC “Poster Session”;
  • The school must be represented by an appropriate senior staff member at 50% of all EDC meetings.



Please note that there will be one type of I.C.E. grants awarded for 2019-2020. Funding for Individual School Grants are not being allocated this school year. Schools may collaborate with others to form a cluster and address a shared need.

Cluster grants are available to two or more schools partnering together for a special project. Grants are competitive and will be considered based on available funds and fulfillment of stated criteria and categories.



In community discussions, a number of “areas of need” continue to challenge our educational system. Consideration will be given to grants that address the following challenge areas:

  • To support Jewish Family Life Education, especially family conversations around Jewish identity topics
    • (ex – book, TV, or movie reviews analyzing Jewish values and themes, inter-generational discussion about legacy and values, etc.)
  • To offer experiential programming within the school curriculum
    • (ex – camping, retreats, museum visits, activities using the DC area as a classroom, etc.)
  • For innovative learning in the areas of inclusion, civics, or Israel
    • (ex – utilizing congregational shlichim for Israel education, chavruta/text study on current event topics, etc.)
  • To develop special programs for post-bar/bat mitzvah students
  • To enhance teacher training, recruitment, and retention
  • For a capital purchase of materials to support new programs or teacher development
  • Lay board orientation and leadership development programs



A few of the cluster grants that fund kallot and regional experiential programs can be renewed but an annual grant application must be submitted. Since there is no guarantee that funding will always be available, schools should plan on creating a funding alternatives in their core budgets for future/repeat submission.



The Program Evaluation and Congregational School Information forms allow The Jewish Federation to better understand the state of congregational education in our community and to plan in an informed way. These forms are submitted online by the deadlines and on the websites listed below.



2019-2020 GRANT APPLICATION: Deadline August 16, 2019

2019-2020 CONGREGATIONAL SCHOOL INFORMATION: Deadline October 18, 2019

2019-2020 PROGRAM EVALUATION: Due immediately following completion of the program (absolutely no later than May 1, 2020).



August 20, 2019                           Grant application due to Federation

                                                                   (Late applications will only be accepted in a case of senior staff transition)

September 2019                           Grant review process and [rolling] approval notification

October 18, 2019                          Letter of Agreements and Congregational School Information forms due

November 2019                            Payment of grant awards

                                                                       (due immediately following completion of program and no later than May 1, 2020)



For questions about forms and submission process, contact Emily Mathae at [email protected]

For consultation on grant content, contact Avi West at 240-283-6218