The Community Chest was established with the fundamental purpose to secure key central infrastructure and service provision to the UK Jewish Community in the long term and where possible streamline and improve delivery of those services, by constructing a portfolio of core projects which require funding in order to support the maintenance and sustainability of the following key areas of central service provision.
The following key areas of central service provision were defined as initial priorities to explore by the JLC (critically, the priorities of the chest are rooted in communal concerns through direct connection with the JLC):
- Leadership development
- Small and isolated communities
- Central Institutions
- Education strategy
- Communal Research Fund
- Seed funds for central events
The Community Chest has remained committed to its guiding principles to keep to a simple grant making process, directly represent donors, and draw on expert advisors from the relevant sectors to support the Allocations Board in its decision making.
The Community Chest does not provide long-term financial support to activities, but rather interim or fixed period support where needed, in cases where activities are at risk of ceasing due to a lack of a secure funding base, or start-up funding is required to get them off the ground. Funding is awarded with the express intention of assisting these activities in becoming self-sustaining.
In its launch phase, the Community Chest has supported activities which have met its core priorities in the areas of leadership development, central institutions and education strategy. Its support of these activities has provided security, sought to remove duplication and enhanced service delivery, benefitting multiple groups in the process.
The decisions on whether to accept applications are made by an Allocations Board on the basis of written applications.
The Application process has been refined and continues to adapt to reflect good practice. The Community Chest has received valuable support from other charitable foundations in devising it’s application process and keeps the ease and usability of the process under active review.
If you wish to apply to the Community Chest, please click here to complete the application form.
For further information please contact Natasha on 0207 242 9734.
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