We weren’t seeking out a Jewish preschool for our son, but are very excited that this opportunity came up at such a great school and now are very excited to have him begin his Jewish learning.
–Sprout grant recipient

Programs like this are so helpful in gaining access to Jewish youth programming!
–Sprout grant recipient

Thank you for easing the financial burden of giving our daughter the best start possible. She is only two and already blesses everything in our house in Hebrew, using prayers she’s learning at preschool.
–Sprout grant recipient

2018-2019 Sprout Grants

Federation is pleased to encourage a family’s first steps into Jewish life and learning by providing Sprout Grants to subsidize a PJ Library family’s first-time participation in a formal Jewish educational experience.

Grants of up to $1,000 per family will be awarded to help cover the cost of a family’s first learning program for any of their children (grants will not exceed 75% of the total cost to the family). Eligible programs include, but are not limited to: Jewish preschool, religious school, day or overnight camp, family camp, or afterschool programs.

Please note that we can’t guarantee that your request will be fully funded. Award amounts depend on the number of other families applying for a grant. The average grant size for 2017–18 was $545.

Decisions will be made approximately four to six weeks after the application deadline and grant awards will be paid directly to the program provider on your child’s behalf. Upon notification, grant recipients have up to two months to register (if not registered already) for the intended program.

Please review the eligibility guidelines, FAQs, and apply online through the link below. If you have any questions about eligibility or the grants process, please contact Rabbi Andrew Kastner at andrew@jfed.org or 510.809.4934.

Grant Deadlines:
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Thursday, May 2, 2019

Click here for frequently asked questions.
Click here for eligibility and guidelines.

Questions about eligible East Bay Jewish educational programs or subscribing to PJ Library? Please contact Liora Brosbe, Family Engagement Officer, at concierge@jfed.org or 510.809.4914.

Questions about the application or grant process and timeline? Please contact Rabbi Andrew Kastner at andrew@jfed.org or 510.809.4934.

The funds for the 2018–19 Sprout Grants have been generously provided by the Goodman Family Supporting Foundation of The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay, specifically to support PJ Library families in taking the next step on the path of Jewish engagement for their children.