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J-LEAD (Jewish Leadership Education Action & Development) is a giving circle for donors in their 20s, 30s and 40s. J-LEAD awards grants of $5,000 or less to each recipient. Applications must be for programs which have a positive impact on the Jewish community. Grant applications are due March 1.

Fund Objectives

  • Funding services and/or programs which are Jewish in nature
  • Supporting an organization whose purpose is to serve the Jewish community in the Greater Kansas City area
  • Supporting projects that are innovative and collaborative in nature

J-LEAD will NOT make grants to the following:

  • An individual Jewish congregation unless the program is collaborative and community-wide
  • A Jewish organization with a closely-related political action committee

Application Instructions:

Grant applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Beatrice Fine at (913) 327-4618 before applying for a grant.
Applications are due March 1.
If the deadline falls on a weekend, applications are due the next business day.

Should there be any questions regarding your proposal, a member of the J-LEAD Grants Committee may contact you via phone or letter requesting further information or an appointment or a site visit. The committee will review the applications and determine finalists. Finalists will be invited to present a brief overview of their grant application and answer questions at a meeting of J-LEAD membership.

The recipient of any grant from J-LEAD must use the funds awarded for the specific purpose(s) as outlined in the original grant proposal. J-LEAD requires a semi-annual report detailing expenditures to date, planned expenditures and interim results of the program. Additionally, J-LEAD may ask for one to two site visits during the year.

The Jewish Community Foundation now uses Foundant software to accept and process grant applications. Please note that JCF and our partner organization Menorah Heritage Foundation share this grant portal, so be mindful that you are applying for the correct grant from the intended organization.

For questions about the grant application process, please email

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