Grant FAQ

Who makes up Natan’s grant committees?

Who are Natan members? Can you tell me who sits on which committee?

How do I know which grant area to apply for?

What kinds of organizations does Natan fund?

What is Amplifier: The Jewish Giving Circle Movement, and do I have the same username and password that I do on Foundant?

Even though my organization's budget is greater than $1.5 million, the project I am applying for has a budget less than that and must raise its own funds. May I still apply?

Why does Natan focus on start-ups and emerging organizations?

Does Natan give out scholarships or grants to individuals?

What is fiscal sponsorship?

Uh-oh, I missed the application deadline... by a few months. Have I missed my chance to apply for a grant this year?

Can we have feedback on our proposal?

Who makes up Natan’s grant committees?

Each grant area has its own decision-making committee comprised of Natan members. Natan members review all of the Letters of Inquiry and the Full Proposals, meet with the applicants at the end of the year, and make grant recommendations to Natan's Board of Trustees. The Board reviews all of the committees' grant recommendations at the end of each grant cycle.

Who are Natan members? Can you tell me who sits on which committee?

You can find an updated list of Natan members on our "Who We Are" page. Membership on the committees often changes year to year, and you will meet the members at the presentation nights.

How do I know which grant area to apply for?

We encourage you to carefully review our guidelines before applying, which can be found in each grant area's Request for Proposals. If you are interested in discussing your eligibility with our staff, feel free to be in touch with info@natan.org to discuss the likelihood of receiving a grant. Please keep in mind that Natan has a very small staff and receives hundreds of inquiries and grant applications each year. We urge you to spend time carefully reviewing the materials on our website, since it is not always possible for staff to have conversations with every potential applicant.

What kinds of organizations does Natan fund?

Natan is primarily interested in supporting emerging organizations (including startups) that have not yet gained traction with major donors and that are innovative in their approach to Natan's funding areas. With the exception of a few Core Grantees, Natan will only support organizations with annual operating budgets of less than US$1.5 million.

What is Amplifier: The Jewish Giving Circle Movement, and do I have the same username and password that I do on Foundant?

For 2016-2017, Natan will be inviting select applicants to complete full proposals only through Amplifier’s Common Grant Application, with a handful of questions customized for Natan’s grant opportunities.

Submitting an application through the Amplifier web platform exponentially increases opportunities for potential supporters to discover your organization. By submitting an Amplifier Common Grant Application, your organization will:

1) be applying for a Natan grant;
2) become part of Amplifier’s Common Grant Application system, allowing other giving circles registered on the Amplifier platform to find and fund your work;
3) automatically create a profile in Amplifier’s publicly-accessible Organization Directory, further spreading the word about your work to anyone who visits the Amplifier web platform.

The Amplifier web platform is a separate system from Foundant, Natan’s usual grant application software. You will need to create a new account on the Amplifier platform, even if you have applied to Natan in the past.

Even though my organization's budget is greater than $1.5 million, the project I am applying for has a budget less than that and must raise its own funds. May I still apply?

Natan will not consider applications from projects that are part of organizations with budgets greater than $1.5 million, no matter how independent the project is.

Why does Natan focus on start-ups and emerging organizations?

Natan is a risk-tolerant funder, willing to support entirely new ideas and new leaders for the Jewish community. Natan members have always had a preference for startups and social entrepreneurs acting outside of existing Jewish structures, believing that these organizations and people have a strong capacity to create truly new access points to Jewish life and to bring truly new people into the Jewish world. Of course, innovation can happen anywhere, and there are many benefits to innovating within existing structures. However, Natan is focused on providing support to fledgling organizations that - at least when they first come into Natan's funding portfolio - have few other means of support.

Does Natan give out scholarships or grants to individuals?

On most of its grant committees, Natan can only support organizations with tax-exempt status in their home country or organizations/projects with tax-exempt fiscal sponsors. Eligible individuals may apply to Natan for funding through the grant partnerships with the ROI Community. Microgrants are available through our Confronting Antisemitism committee.

What is fiscal sponsorship?

Fiscal sponsorship is when a tax-exempt organization formally agrees to act as the fiduciary agent of a project that does not have tax-exempt status. Typically, charitable donations are made to the fiscal sponsor and are then ear-marked for the sponsee. (Natan, for example, is fiscally sponsored by FJC.) If you are starting out with a new project, we recommend working with a fiscal sponsor in order to avoid the legal and administrative work involved with creating your own tax-exempt organization. For more information on Fiscal Sponsorship, visit the Knowledge Base at GrantSpace. If you would like a list of fiscal sponsors that have worked with Natan grantees, contact info@natan.org.

Uh-oh, I missed the application deadline... by a few months. Have I missed my chance to apply for a grant this year?

Due to our multi-stage process and the many individuals involved in our decision-making process, we can only accept Letters of Inquiry for a short period of time each year. Let us know if you're interested in applying for a grant in our next cycle at info@natan.org and we'll alert you when the Requests for Proposals go out.

Can we have feedback on our proposal?

Natan has a very small staff and receives hundreds of inquiries and applications each year. We do try to offer feedback to applicants after decisions are made at each step of the process, but it sometimes takes a while to get through the whole list. Let us know at info@natan.org if you're interested in feedback, and we'll be in touch as soon as we can.