Shalom Corps Offers Up to $12 Million in Funding for Jewish Service-Learning
Mosaic United and Jewish Agency Project to Increase Volunteering Through RFP Funding Up to 100% of Direct Costs
Up to $12 million in new funding is now available for Jewish global immersive service-learning programs directed at young Jews around the world.
Shalom Corps is launching its first request for proposals (RFP) for programs which provide service-learning experiences to young Jews aged 17 to 40. An initiative of Mosaic United and the Jewish Agency, Shalom Corps is making the funds available in order to scale the number of young Jews involved in ethical service-learning programs.
Organizations who have or partner with others who have experience in volunteering, international development, Jewish education, or Israel engagement are invited to apply.
Rabbi Benji Levy, CEO of Mosaic United, stated, “Through growing the good works done around the world, we have an incredible opportunity to help organizations achieve their missions to heal the fractured world and reach more young people in the process.”
Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog said, “This comprehensive initiative of the Jewish Agency together with Mosaic United, will enable expression of the wonderful Jewish value of ‘tikkun olam.’ Through this venture, we are bringing a new message to young Jews in Israel and throughout the world and enable them to volunteer in disadvantaged communities around the globe, while deepening their Jewish identity and their relationship with Israel.”
Young Jews are seeking the opportunity to do good and give back, yet demand continues to outstrip supply – as service organizations cite the number one reason for limiting participation as lack of funds. A study by OLAM, a partner of Shalom Corps, found that 64% of organizations say that it is true to a very great or great extent that lack of funds limits participation, and another 18% say this is true to some extent.
The RFP offers funding through several different means. Programs can receive funding of 50% of direct costs for growth in participants – additional participants over their historical average number of participants. Eligibility requires participants to engage in a minimum of 25 hours per week of volunteering which addresses genuine, unmet needs in coordination with local groups and carefully matches volunteer abilities and skills with volunteering activities. Programs also commit to 8 hours of Jewish learning weekly.
Elisheva Kupferman, Senior Project Director of Mosaic United, remarked, “We were privileged to have the counsel and cooperation of so many organizations and leaders in the world of international development and volunteering. The RFP – and the standards and incentive structure we built – is the result of a deep process of research and learning, and reflects Mosaic’s goal of growing the field of mindful, quality service-learning experiences for Jewish young people around the globe.”
Up to an additional 50% of direct costs can be covered through a combination of adding additional learning hours, if a Senior Jewish Educator (SJE) accompanies the group, and if cohorts are geographically diverse. Beyond the funding of direct costs, organizations are also eligible to receive further funding for up to 50% of the cost of hiring a new SJE and a new volunteer/alumni coordinator.
Shalom Corps will provide additional services to organizations selected including providing support for educational content, professional development, and convenings together with OLAM.
Applications are due March 15, 2020. To learn more or apply for the RFP, visit shalomcorps.org.