Columbus Jewish Youth Foundation (CJYF)


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The Columbus Jewish Youth Foundation is an excellent way to experience the grants process first hand.  CJYF grants $5,000 or more each year to programs they believe will make a difference in our local community and beyond.  Teens develop the grants program as a team, request project proposals, and evaluate programs for funding over the course of the year.

Since 2008, CJYF has made 30 grants totaling more than $54,000. These grants have supported programs as diverse as the Love & Hugs Bears Program at Zusman Hospice to Environmental Education programs at the Columbus Jewish Day School.  Topics addressed by this committee include Jewish Education, Hunger, Summer Camp, Senior Programming, Jewish teen outreach and others.  Grants have ranged all the way from $400 to $4,000 in a single award.  And teens made it all happen. CJYF is made up of B’nai Tzedek Fund holders representing all grades 8-12, 8 synagogues and local geographic diversity from Powell to Bexley to Pickerington. We also include a mix of experienced teens – those who have served in prior years - and new faces and voices.

With this range of participants, we work to ensure that the community of young people is represented in our decisions. This program is by application only and can potentially be used as either a leadership or community service citation for college applications. The mission of the Columbus Jewish Youth Foundation (CJYF) is to positively affect the lives of those in need throughout the Columbus Jewish community and beyond, through an approach to philanthropy designed to:

  • Promote tzedakah as a personal and Jewish community value.
  • Understand community needs through first-hand visits to community agencies and conversations with their beneficiaries.
  • Learn ways in which tzedakah and volunteerism can enhance the quality of life of those in need and the organizations that serve them.
  • Engage Jewish leaders as role models in order to operate within and understand the dynamics of a successful board.
  • Thoughtfully distribute charitable funds in the community based on relevancy and need.

Interested in joining the Columbus Jewish Youth Foundation? Apply here.


The Columbus Jewish Youth Foundation (CJYF) provides grants for new and innovative programs, subject to the approval of the CJYF Teen Board and Foundation Board of Trustees. CJYF meets on a school calendar year cycle, with grant awards for the following year from July 1 to May 15. Topics addressed are chosen annually by the Teen Board.

CJYF is accepting proposals for project grants of up to $5,000 through February 17, 2017.  Proposals will be accepted from any charitable non-profit organization serving a local Jewish population.  Projects must fit the following statement of purpose: Environmental Conservation or Sustainability. Applications are due February 17, 2017, and grants will be awarded in June.

Foundation staff will be available to counsel applicants regarding prospective projects through February 10, with an application deadline of February 17, 2017.


Please read all three documents before filling out the Application Document. For more information please contact Debby Applefeld (dapplefeld@tcjf.org).

CJYF Request for Proposals Memorandum >>

CJYF Grant Application Overview 2017 >>

CJYF Online Grant Applications Directions >>

CJYF Grant Online Application 2017 >> (Preferred)

CJYF Grant Application 2017 >> (MS Word)

CJYF Grant History 2008 – 2016 >>


CJYF Grant Application 2017 – Signature Page >>

CJYF Grant 2017 Project Budget Attachment >>