GRANTS

ELEVATE YOUR EXPERIENCES

We're Embracing Innovation

As our Movement grows so does our ability to innovate programming, execute big ideas, and turn our dreams into a reality. We know that many big ideas come with a price tag which is why we are offering multiple innovation grants that your chapter or community can apply for. We want there to be no barrier to your ability to make a difference, make an impact, and make our community stronger. Explore the current available grants in the tabs below to inspire what you could do for your next event.

Gamechanger Grants: General

Who: Open to all chapters worldwide.
Opportunity: Plan an event designed to make a big difference in your community, bring in new prospects and members, and pilot new program initiatives.
Amount: $50-$1000; Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis while funds are available.
Timeline: Apply at least two weeks prior to your event.

Please read the information below before applying! The application link is at the bottom of the page.

Before you apply, take time to build a thoughtful plan. If you need any additional support or guidance before submitting your application, feel free to reach out to any of us at azabbg@bbyo.org or through your International Gizborim. Let’s make history!

Grants can range from $50 to $1,000* (USD) and will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Program content and quality

  • Event environment (exciting location, how the event will look/feel, branding, hosting strategies)

  • Communication and outreach strategies

  • Engagement of prospects, current members, alumni, community members, and beyond

*Please note, grants of larger amounts (beyond $1000) will be considered on an individual basis as funding permits. 

Grants are intended to:

  • Elevate chapter programs beyond the “typical" and create innovative programs that level up the chapter experience and wouldn’t be possible otherwise

  • Supplement chapter programs budgets to expand the depth and/or reach of the program

  • Launch new chapters

  • Engage prospects and teens not yet involved with BBYO

  • Highlight service, advocacy, global Jewry, education, entrepreneurship, and more

  • Particular attention will be paid to programs that prioritize Aleph engagement and upperclassmen engagement

  • Support WOW Programs at the chapter level

  • Elevate recruitment, retention, fraternity and sisterhood programming (i.e., Big/Little programming, Inductions, Intake/Rush, etc.)  

  • Boost BBYO visibility, reach, and impact throughout your community

  • Engagement of prospects, current members, alumni, community members, and beyond

*Please note, we will not award Gamechanger Grants to purchase swag.

All recipients will need to submit the following in exchange for awarded funding after the event using the Gamechanger Grant Report Form:

  • Event participant data (via Jotform, BBYO Sign-in Link, Excel spreadsheet, etc.)

  • Photo and/or video highlights

  • Teen Testimonials from the experience

Check out these planning tools to help you get started:

Before you submit an application for funding, make sure you've exhausted all of the ways to raise funds for your event. Here is a list of fundraisers you can host in your chapter. Gamechanger Grants are intended to elevate the program experience. Your program budget should be able to support the experience regardless of the event. These funds should supplement your program budget not as a means to make a profit on the program.

Gamechanger Grants: Israel

Who: Open to all chapters, regions, and communities worldwide.
Opportunity: Plan an event or program designed to elevate the conversation around Israel.
Amount: $50-$1000; Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis while funds are available.
Timeline: Apply at least two weeks prior to your event.

Please read the information below before applying! The application link is at the bottom of the page.

At BBYO, we want to ensure that our Israel programming is sophisticated, thoughtful, high quality, and pluralistic. As such, we ask that your Israel program has an added value—an educational goal that goes above and beyond social programming.

As your ideating, please consider the following:

  • What is your program’s stated objective or intended outcome?

  • Does your program include meaningful or challenging discussion?

  • Does your program represent a plurality of views, when possible?

  • Does your program utilize a speaker or educator? If you are having speakers or guests, please make sure you have a person who is an example of an issue, rather than a representative for that issue. We are most interested in hearing about people’s personal stories and experiences, not their political punditry. If your program specifically engages in political discourse, please make sure a plurality of views are represented. For further questions reach out to Alana Ebin (Director of Jewish Enrichment at BBYO).

Before you apply, take time to build a thoughtful plan. Talk with your peers, staff and advisors about what will make the biggest impact for your community. They can help advise on your timeline, budget, and content. If you need any additional support or guidance before submitting your application, feel free to reach out to any of us at jewish@bbyo.org or through your International Sh'lichim. Your wins are our wins and we want you to thrive. Let’s make history!