Oregon federation offers $300,000 for new programs

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) – The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland is looking for one or more programs worth $300,000.

That’s the amount the Oregon group has allocated for innovative new programs that will meet “significant community needs and create significant opportunities” in and around Portland.

Federation CEO Marc Blattner said the Community Impact Grand Funds represents nearly ten percent of the organization’s annual revenue, but he defends it a good use of money because it will bring new energy and ideas into the city’s growing and increasingly diverse Jewish community.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles announced a similar initiative in January, allocating $100,000 for the Next Big Jewish Idea that could benefit the half million Jews in and around Los Angeles.

Applications for the Portland funding must be received by April 4, and the monies will be distributed between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012.                           

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