Campus Enrichment Grants

In 2011-12, fourteen campuses benefited from grants of one thousand dollars each to advance Conservative Jewish life on campus. Through the grant program, campuses built their connection with KOACH and the larger Conservative Movement as they grew their campus communities to the next level.

We now invite proposals for the 2012-2013 Campus Enrichment Grants. Please e-mail proposals to koach@uscj.org. Application deadline extended!

Designed to bring significant value-added to campus, these $1000 grants are not intended to pay existing costs or to cover participation by students or campuses in international KOACH programming.

Each campus will be free to design the use of the funds as they see fit and this should be explicitly articulated in a one page proposal accompanied by a detailed budget. Possibilities might include: funding/subsidizing Shabbat meals for the Conservative community; bringing in a rabbinical student for Shabbat (excluding the KOACH Shabbat program); acquisition of a Conservative library; an offsite retreat for the Conservative community; an ongoing meal-based learning program (e.g. Lunch and Learn). These should be viewed as a springboard for ideas, rather than a set of requirements. Proposals which offer a comprehensive year plan will be looked upon favorably.

Note that campuses applying for a KOACH Campus Intern are not eligible for Campus Enrichment Grant funds.

Campuses must fulfill the following expectations in order to receive the grant reimbursement at the conclusion of the academic year:

  1. A single student and a professional should be designated as the responsible persons for the grant. They would then ensure that the remaining requirements would be fulfilled.
  2. Submission of a written report on the progress of the programs being funded at the conclusion of each semester/quarter/trimester.
  3. Submission of a student-written campus update for publication in our KOACH on Campus ezine.
  4. Participation in two conference calls each semester.
  5. An acknowledgment of KOACH as the funding source in all print, electronic and verbal publicity.
  6. A minimum of two students must attend the annual KOACH Kallah.

Proposals should include the following information:

  1. A narrative describing the Jewish community on campus, the current life of the Conservative Jewish community on campus and the perceived potential for growth.
  2. A detailed proposal for the use of funds including not only a clear description of the ways in which funds will be used, but also, a strong case for how the use of funds will transform the community.
  3. A list of specific goals to be achieved by the conclusion of the academic year.
  4. Indication of which professional or student will be involved in the implementation of the grant, along with contact information.
  5. In all cases, the proposal must have the written approval of the relevant campus professional. Involvement of a student at the proposal level will be well received.

2011-2012 Grant Recipients

  • Arizona State University
  • Hunter College
  • Miami University of Ohio
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Rochester
  • Rutgers University
  • Russian Hillel of Chicago
  • Stanford University
  • Stony Brook University
  • University at Albany
  • University of California, Davis/Sacramento
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Vermont
  • University of Wisconsin