The Foundation for Jewish Culture gives out grants, fellowships, and recognition awards that celebrate and make possible the work of documentary filmmakers, writers, playwrights, scholars and performing artists at all stages of their careers.
Since 1960, the Foundation has awarded over $3 million to 600 scholars and over $2.2 million to 170 filmmakers and other artists. Many of our scholars have become leaders of Jewish studies programs on campuses across the country. Our grantees have created nearly 100 documentary films and 81 plays, and continue to leave their imprint on communities around the world.
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The Lynn and Jules Kroll Fund for Jewish Documentary Film supports postproduction of original documentaries that explore the Jewish experience. Grants range from $15,000 to $50,000 and are usually awarded to up to six filmmakers annually. This Fund was established in 1996 with a lead grant from the Righteous Persons Foundation and sustained with major support from the Charles H. Revson Foundation. Funded films include Crime After Crime, Off and Running, Orthodox Stance, The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, Trembling Before G-d, Budrus, My Architect, Encounter Point, Waltz With Bashir, Waiting for Armageddon, and William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe. They have been nominated for Academy Awards, received Emmy and Peabody Awards, and been featured at major film festivals worldwide including Sundance, Toronto, and Tribeca.
The Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction by Emerging Writers highlights debut fiction by contemporary writers exploring Jewish themes, and offers a prize and writer’s residency. Past recipients include Gary Shteyngart, Nathan Englander, Lara Vapnyar, Scott Nadelson, and Anya Ulinich.
This prize is now run jointly with the Jewish Book Council, which administers it as part of the National Jewish Book Awards. Please be in touch with the JBC for more information about submitting work for this prize.
The Gantz Zahler Grant for Jewish Nonfiction Publishing is awarded biannually to a nonfiction book project. This prize is not being currently offered.
The Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Fund for Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships in Jewish Studies supports the completion of a dissertation, typically in the fifth year of study. Preference is given to individuals preparing for academic careers in Jewish studies, although occasional grants are awarded to students in other fields of the humanities or social sciences who demonstrate a career commitment to Jewish scholarship. Fellowship applications go live on September 1st of each year, and fellowships are announced by or before May 1 of the following year. Fellowships are awarded in the amount of $16,000 to $20,000 depending on the number of qualified applicants each year.
The Sidney and Hadassah Musher Subvention Prize is awarded biannually for an outstanding first book in Jewish Studies. This prize is not being currently offered.
The new Jewish Studies Expansion Project (JSEP) capitalizes on the documented impact of university Jewish studies programs as a gateway into Jewish life during the college years and provides university students with enhanced opportunities for Jewish learning. Funded by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and the Jim Joseph Foundation, JSEP places recent PhDs in six universities to teach Jewish studies courses and stimulate engagement in the Jewish community.
The first cohort of universities consisted of: American University, Washington, D.C.; Northeastern University, Boston, MA; Ohio University, Athens, OH; Towson University, Towson, MD; Tulane University, New Orleans, LA; and University of Delaware, Newark, DE. The 2010-12 cohort included: Colgate University, Oberlin College, Portland State University, Syracuse University, the University of Arizona, Tuscon, and the University of California, Santa Cruz.
New Jewish Theatre Projects supports between four and six nonprofit theater companies with grants of up to $5,000 for the commissioning of new plays, musicals, or multimedia works of Jewish significance. This program provides funds for play or performance development, which can include commissioning fees, playwright’s residency expenses and research and workshop expenses. Since its inception in 1994, new plays have been produced by the Long Wharf Theatre, InterAct Theater Company, Theater for the New City, Manhattan Theatre Club andTheater J, among others. New Jewish Theatre Projects grants are not currently being offered.
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Please note that the Foundation does not fund individual projects outside those that fall within our established grant and prize programs.
The Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists, an innovative strategic partnership between Avoda Arts, the Foundation for Jewish Culture, and JDub Records, and made possible with major funding from UJA-Federation of New York, is in transition to become a program of the Foundation for Jewish Culture. It supports artists in the New York and Los Angeles areas who are developing new projects that explore a Jewish theme.