Shalom Austin Awards Grants to 17 Community Organizations
By Wendy Goodman
Shalom Austin has selected 17 local Jewish organizations to receive annual grants totaling more than $120,000. These grants provide critical support and much needed funding for community programming, events, projects and initiatives in categories including arts and culture, business, camp, community, education, Israel, philanthropic, religious and social.
The awards were selected based on the need for these services in the Jewish community and for their ability to provide opportunities for people to come together in the service of one another. Together these grants to nonprofit organizations will strengthen Jewish values and a culture of caring and connecting in Austin and Central Texas.
Grants were awarded through a competitive application and review process by the Shalom Austin Grants Committee, chaired by Alexander Robinson, a group of community volunteers appointed by the board of directors to recommend philanthropic program grants and scholarship funds from the Annual Campaign to beneficiary organizations. Awards are chosen by the Shalom Austin board.
“We provide a unique opportunity to help organizations that help others. We hope these funds help them achieve their goals and objectives because making these grants to worthy causes achieves our objectives. We received a record number of grant applications this year, a testament to the growing need, interest and involvement of Jewish organizations in our community; and we hope to be able to help even more in the future. Of course to be able to give more we need to raise more!” said Robinson.
The 2019 grantees include:
Austin Jewish Academy
Austin Jewish Business Network
Austin Jewish Film Festival
Camp Young Judaea Texas
Chabad at UT
Chabad Young Jewish Professionals
Congregation Kol Halev
Drive a Senior
Greene Family Camp
Hebrew Free Loan
Hebrew Preparatory School (BMHA)
Mendy and Mussy Levertov (Bat Mitzvah Club)
Over the past three years, Shalom Austin has allocated grant funds to organizations including A&M Hillel, Anti-Defamation League, Austin Jewish Academy, Austin Jewish Business Network, Austin Jewish Film Festival, Birthright Israel, Camp Young Judaea Texas, Chabad A&M, Chabad UT, Chabad Young Jewish Professionals, Congregation Kol Halev, Drive a Senior, Greene Family Camp, Hebrew Free Loan, Hebrew Preparatory Shool (BMHA), Israel Scholarships, Mendy and Mussy Levertov (Bat Mitzvah Club), Moishe House, Selah, UT Hillel. ■
For more information about the grant allocations process, visit www.shalomaustin.org/allocations.