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Shelley Rood

AJFCA Washington Director

                        Monday, July 1, 2013  

Please contact Shelley Rood with questions about any of these grants.
Senate Passes Immigration Reform Bill
Senate Passes Immigration Reform Bill, June 27, 2013, JTA
The immigration overhaul passed in the U.S. Senate includes provisions that protect a visa program used by Jewish summer camps and makes permanent a law facilitating immigration for victims of religious persecution.
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The bipartisan bill passed Thursday by the Senate in a 68-32 vote creates a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.

An array of Jewish groups supported the reforms and lavished praise on its passage, although the bill's fate in the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives is uncertain. Read more here.
Upcoming Markups in July
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a mark-up in mid-July on the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The CRPD is an international treaty, designed to make sure people with disabilities all over the world have the same rights as they would in America. Please click here for more background on CRPD. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will hold a mark-up on the Older Americans Act the 4th week in July. The Older Americans Act proposed bill includes the RUSH Act. Please click here for more background on the OAA/RUSH Act.  
Agencies Seek More Funding for Holocaust Survivors
Agencies Seek More Funding for Holocaust Survivors, June 26, 2013, New Jersey Jewish News, by Robert Wiener

State and Federal Help is Sought to Provide Home Care Assistance
A concentration camp survivor in her early 90s refused to leave her sixth-floor walkup apartment in Union County during Superstorm Sandy, despite having no heat or electricity.

"She had very limited use of her legs," said Tom Beck, executive director of the Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey, who asked that the woman's name not be given.

"In addition to suffering from Parkinson's disease, she is a diabetic whose insulin had to be refrigerated. She was at risk of dying," he told NJ Jewish News in a June 14 phone interview.

But the trauma she suffered from her experience at the hands of the Nazis affected her response to the storm, said Beck. "She was absolutely terrified about leaving and not ever being able to return."

For the woman, said Beck, "it was deja vu. It took a nurse and social worker hours of gentle discussion to persuade her to leave her home and go to the safety of her daughter's apartment."

The woman was among the 450 Holocaust survivors in New Jersey who, in order to get by, must receive home care assistance. It's provided through the state's Jewish family service agencies, with much of the funding coming from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. Continue reading here.
Washington Grants Bulletin
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Planning Grants to Develop A Model Intervention for Youth/Young Adults With Child Welfare Involvement At-Risk of Homelessness
DEADLINE: July 22, 2013
DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to fund planning grants that will build on a preliminary framework for intervening with youth who are in foster care or have experienced some time in care, including youth age 14 and older, and are most likely to have a challenging transition to adulthood, including homelessness and unstable housing experiences.
ELIGIBILITY: Nonprofits, including faith-based and community organizations
FUNDING AMOUNT: Estimated Total Funding: $6,500,000;  Expected Number of Awards: 18
CONTACT INFORMATION: Catherine Heath,; Phone: (202) 690-7888
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Family Caregiver Alliance
Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving Awards
DEADLINE: August 16, 2013
DESCRIPTION: The Family Caregiver Alliance is accepting nominations for the Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards, an annual program that recognizes organizations focused on helping family/informal caregivers of adults with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

The alliance will award grants of $20,000 to organizations in the areas of Creative Expression, Diverse/Multicultural Communities, and Policy and Advocacy.

The Creative Expression award recognizes projects that use imaginative and creative approaches in supporting persons with dementia or family/informal caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Some examples are programs or projects using art, music, theater, journaling, multimedia (e.g., film, documentary, radio), or other types of creative expression.

The Diverse/Multicultural Communities award recognizes programs or projects that provide services, support, or other types of outreach to family/informal caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias in diverse ethnic, generational, religious, gender, rural, low-income, LGBT, or other communities.

The Policy and Advocacy award recognizes programs or projects that advocate for systems change for the benefit of family/informal caregivers or care recipients with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias. These efforts could focus on legislation, executive or administrative changes, advocacy campaigns, or any other action to strengthen the public or private sector's recognition and support of family/informal caregivers.

ELIGIBLITY: Organizations must be, tax exempt under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, a government agency, or an institution of higher education responding to a community need with a program or project focused primarily on family/informal caregivers of adults with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia.
APPLICATION INFORMATION: See the Family Caregiver Alliance Web site for eligibility and application guidelines.
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The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
Workforce Development Grants
DEADLINE: Rolling.  Your first step in the grants process is the Letter of Inquiry (LOI). LOI's are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • National
  • Israel
  • "Hometown" Communities (Baltimore, northeastern Pennsylvania, Hawaii) 
  1. Job-Readiness - grants to service providers to support training that results in job-placement and job-retention in partnership with employers.
  2. Financial Literacy - grants to support the goal of increased financial management and assets for an individual or family.
  3. Adult Entrepreneurship - grants that may include microloan or free loan programs to assist the working poor to start a small business.
  4. Youth and Work -
  • grants that help low-income youth become self-sufficient adults by participating in high quality school-based career exploration and work-based learning opportunities
  • grants that help disconnected youth (neither in school nor working) become self-sufficient adults by gaining the necessary soft and hard skills to reconnect with career pathway opportunities. 
APPLICATION INFORMATION: Please click here to review their guidelines for your LOI.
  Nakia Horton, Gifts Administrator; Phone: 410-654-8500, ext. 254
or, if you have any questions about the LOI process or the status of your LOI.
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CVS Caremark Community Grant Program
Programs for Children with Disabilities Funded in Company Communities
DEADLINE: Applications may be submitted from January 1 to November 15 of each year.
DESCRIPTION: The CVS Caremark Community Grant Program awards funds to nonprofit organizations that support children with disabilities, including programs focusing on health and rehabilitation services and initiatives that encourage physical movement and play. Grants are also provided to public schools that offer children with disabilities a greater level of inclusion in student activities and extracurricular programs. In addition, programs are supported that create greater access to healthcare services and health education for the underserved. Grants of up to $5,000 are available.
APPLICATION INFORMATION: Online application information and funding guidelines are available on the company's website. NOTE: The online application may be down for maintenance so they suggest checking back periodically.
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Wells Fargo Charitable Contributions Program
DESCRIPTION: The funding priorities of the Wells Fargo Charitable Contributions Program vary from state to state; however, the bank generally supports the following areas of interest: community development, including affordable housing, workforce development, financial literacy, and economic development; education, including K-12 and higher education; human services, including healthcare and basic needs; and arts, culture, and civic projects.
APPLICATION INFORMATION: Visit the website and click on a state in order to review the local funding guidelines and application procedures.