In the summer of 2015, JUF/JF awarded $1.27 million to a variety of Chicago nonprofits. Of the total grant pool, $588,000 will provide continuing support to six programs that received multi-year grants in 2013. The remaining $687,000, which will be disbursed in amounts ranging from $13,000 to $100,000, will support the launch of 13 new initiatives.
Selected programs include those that ensure the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in the Jewish community, such as the Jewish Community Centers of Chicago Aquatics Inclusion Program and the Jewish Child & Family Services Encompass Synagogue Inclusion Project. Additional grant recipients focus on serving senior citizens, while others, such as the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs Teen Institute for Social Justice, focus on community building and healing.
JUF/JF provides grants to initiatives such as the Associated Talmud Torahs: REACH-Collaborative Problem Solving program, will serve the Jewish education community, while other funded programs strive to reach diverse audiences in the Jewish community. These nonprofit initiatives include A Wider Bridge Chicago, which sponsors community development initiatives for LGBT Jews, and SHALVA, which provides educational and support resources related to domestic abuse.