New $1.1M Matching Fund for Innovation in Jewish Campus Life Launches

In a groundbreaking move, Mosaic United, together with its partner the Israeli Ministry for Diaspora Affairs and Combating Antisemitism, is launching a new $1.1 million fund aimed at reaching thousands of previously unengaged Jewish students with innovative new programming from Jewish campus life providers around the world.

Since 2016, Mosaic Campus has invested $60 million engaging more than 180,000 Jewish students, strengthening their Jewish identities and connections to Israel, through its partners Hillel International, Chabad on Campus International, and Olami.

As an innovator and leading funder of Jewish campus life, Mosaic has introduced changes and fostered innovation over the years.  For example, since the start of the War of Iron Swords, Mosaic has provided millions in special funding for campus initiatives which promote pro-Israel activism and strengthen students’ identities and resilience.

The new fund will accept applications for programming for the 2023-2024 academic year from non-profit organizations in operation at least five years serving Jewish students aged 17 to 28.  Applicants must have activity on at least ten campuses around the world, and must be capable of bringing matching funding.

Funding opportunities cover a variety of new programming models include delegations of senior university leaders to Israel trainings to increase effectiveness of campus leaders who are pro-Israel and on how to engage non-Jewish peers on Judaism and Israel; resilience, personal safety, and mental health support for Jewish students in light of the war.

The launch of the new fund marks a significant step forward in Jewish campus life innovation, opening doors to previously untapped potential among smaller and student-led organizations.

Meir Holtz, CEO of Mosaic United, stated, “In expanding our partnerships, we aim to reach previously underserved communities and amplify the impact of our programs.  We are excited to see the transformative impact it will have on campus communities and in creating meaningful experiences for Jewish students.”

Key highlights of the new funding opportunity include:

  • Expanded Partnerships: For the first time, the initiative welcomes partnerships from organizations of varying sizes and structures, emphasizing the ability to reach previously unengaged Jewish students.
  • Financial Accessibility: By adopting a 50-50 funding model, Mosaic aims to lower financial barriers and provide opportunities for organizations of all sizes to participate and thrive.
  • Student-Led Focus: With a spotlight on student-led initiatives, the initiative aims to empower young leaders and provide a platform for their innovative ideas and projects.

To learn more or apply, see the full request for proposal (RFP) below.

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