Foundation Approves $380,985 in New Grants

The Columbus Jewish Foundation Board authorized nine new grants on Tuesday, including three “Staying Ahead of the Curve” grants for top priority agency initiatives.

The JCC will receive a $150,000 grant for its Northwest pre-school, conditional on its relocation. For many years, finding alternate quarters in the Northwest part of town has been a financial and logistical challenge for the JCC. It is expected that this grant will remove one of the final roadblocks.

Wexner Heritage Village will receive $100,000 to expand The Cottage, its memory-support assisted living unit facility. Dedicated only 15 months ago, The Cottage already has a waiting list. “This Foundation grant is in full alignment with our strategic plan and an integral part of our Campaign to Revolutionize Care,” noted WHV CEO David Rosen.

The JCC was also awarded $50,000 for the 2016 Maccabi Games to be held here in Columbus for Jewish teen athletes from across the world. The Maccabi Games are the largest Jewish teen event in the world.

Community Grants Committee Chair Harlan Robins noted that “This grants cycle was our first foray into granting monies that empower an agency to ‘stay ahead of the curve.’ The grants to WHV and the JCC are transformative, both for the agencies and for our community at large.”

New Grants include:
Jewish Community Center – $150,000 – New Northwest Jewish Preschool

Wexner Heritage Village – $100,000 – Expanded Memory Support Assisted Living Facility

Jewish Community Center – $50,000 – 2016 Maccabi Jewish Teen Athletic Event

Columbus Jewish Day School and Columbus Torah Academy – $30,350 – Joint day school environmental educational and gardening program

OSU Hillel – $30,000 – Expanded and enhanced Birthright Program

Columbus Museum of Art – $10,000 – FABRICS of Survival: upcoming exhibit of a Shoah victim’s needlework tapestry of her experiences

Lori Schottenstein Chabad House – $6,575 – Jewish Leadership Institute teen discovery program

Columbus Torah Academy – $2,500 – Model UN program under Jewish auspices

Melton Center at OSU – $1,500 – Senior adult Jewish education for Creekside residents taught by OSU’s Melton Center for Jewish Studies faculty

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