Monies from this fund have been deployed in two ways:.
- Emergency grants to our Jewish agencies and synagogues to allow them to meet increased and immediate community needs such as food insecurity, unemployment, and mental health needs
- To provide direct assistance to individuals, families, and households in need. To do this, the Fund has reached out to New Haven’s rabbis to channel assistance, knowing they are often the trusted leaders that individuals in need turn to for support.
The Boards of the Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven seeded this Fund with monies from our unrestricted funds. In addition, the Boards immediately established a grants committee for this fund which implemented policies and procedures as well as a grant application process. Our first grants were made on March 23rd, 2020 and were made to Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven and the Towers at Tower Lane.