Initiative in Congregational Education (ICE)



We are pleased to provide application materials for the 20th year of the Initiative in Congregational Education (I.C.E.), school year 2018-2019.

Please note that there will again be three types of I.C.E. grants awarded for 2018-2019:

  1. Cluster Grants – Grant applications must involve at least two partnering schools
  2. Individual School Grants – $500 grants, available only to schools with fewer than 100 students
  3. Quick Turn Around Grants – Available throughout the year (based on available funding) to all schools in grants of up to $500 for unanticipated educational enhancement opportunities.

Please refer to the specific grant applications for full details.

Grants Process for 2018-2019

  • In order to be considered for an I.C.E. grant, schools must submit their Cluster and/or Individual School Grant application(s) and their 2017-2018 Program Evaluation Form (if you received a 2017-2018 I.C.E. grant) by Friday, May 25, 2018.
  • School Overview forms are due by Friday, October 12, 2018.
  • Grant checks will be disbursed in October 2018 to schools that have complied with the grant requirements outlined on the applications.


To qualify for support, schools must meet these basic criteria:

  • Be in operation for at least three years
  • Be part of a larger Jewish communal organization with 501(c)3 status
  • Have professional leadership to administer your program, and a lay board to set policy and review educational achievement
  • Use these resources to enhance your programs, not as a substitute for dollars in your core operating budgets
  • Implement a process of evaluation
  • Provide pertinent statistical data by submitting the 2018-2019 school overview form in a timely manner
  • Share programs with the Federation’s Department of Jewish Life & Learning
  • Attend a minimum of 50% of the Education Directors’ Council monthly meetings

Grant Categories & APPLICATIONS

Cluster Grants:

Available to two or more schools partnering together for a specific project. These grants are competitive and will be considered based on available funds.

We will offer grants in the following categories:

  • To support Jewish family life education
  • To enhance teacher training and teacher recruitment
  • To fund curriculum specialists in such areas as Hebrew language, social studies, special needs, tefillah, music, art and drama
  • To develop special programs for teens
  • To create programmatic bridges between the congregation’s formal and non-formal education through modes such as Jewish camping, retreats, or other types of experiential education
  • To purchase educational materials in support of new programs
  • To implement a curriculum in the area of civics/social action/tzedakah


Individual School Grants:
These grants, in the amount of $500, are available only to schools with fewer than 100 students. Individual School Grants utilize the same categories as Cluster Grants.


Quick Turn Around Grants:
Applications will be considered from any school on a rolling basis throughout the year for unanticipated educational enhancement opportunities that become available mid-year. Grants of up to $500 will be awarded.


Program Evaluation & School Overview Forms
The Program Evaluation and School Overview forms allow The Jewish Federation and the Department of Jewish Life and Learning to understand better the state of congregational education in our community and to plan in an informed way.




These forms are submitted directly to the Department of Jewish Life and Learning. Deadlines for each are listed below.

Grant Review/Timing

May 25, 2018 – Grant Application due to Federation (Late applications will not be accepted)

May 25, 2018 – 2017-2018 Program Evaluation and Materials due to the Department of Jewish Life & Learning

June 2018  Federation Grant Review Process and Grant Approval Notification

October 12, 2018 – School Overview forms due

October 2018   Payment of Grant Awards

For further information, contact:

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
Initiative in Congregational Education (ICE)
Attention: Barry Krasner
6101 Executive Blvd., Suite 100
North Bethesda, MD 20852

E-mail: or
ICE Hotline: (240) 283-6219
Fax: (301) 230-7265