The multiyear grants of up to $250,000 are awarded to creative thinkers, social entrepreneurs, and innovative organizations in support of their efforts to develop transformative, highly visible programs that benefit Los Angeles' Jewish community. The dollar amount awarded through the program this years is 24 percent higher than the $1.85 million awarded last year and 53 percent more than the $1.5 million awarded in 2014.
Grant recipients include the Jewish Women's Theatre, which was awarded $150,000 over two years to launch an artistic platform that uses the performing arts to connect millennials in their twenties and thirties with Judaism; the Los Angeles Jewish Home’s Connections to Care program, which will receive $250,000 over two years to create a centralized hub for patients' information and provide individualized continuity of care to Jewish seniors as they go through the healthcare system; Builders of Jewish Education, which was awarded $200,000 over four years for a program that aims to provide reduced-cost clinical support to students with mild to moderate learning needs in Jewish elementary schools; and the Israeli-American Council, which will receive $200,000 over three years to implement grassroots programming at its new Israeli-American community center in Woodland Hills.
"The 2016 Cutting Edge Grant recipients — the eleventh annual class awarded by the foundation — exemplify creative, unique problem-solving necessary for a vibrant, engaged, and caring Jewish Los Angeles," said JCFLA president and CEO Marvin I. Schotland. "Since the inception of the Cutting Edge Grants, we have awarded over $15 million to eighty-four innovative programs designed to reimagine and shape our local Jewish future. We are duly proud that the vast majority of these prior initiatives have taken root, continue to have enduring impact, and positively influence the lives of tens of thousands in our community."