Applying for a Grant - Criteria and Procedures


KlezCalifornia is now accepting proposals for a second round of grants from The Yiddish Culture Fund. Submit proposals for up to $500 no later than March 15 and proposals for up to $3,000 no later than April 15. See grants awarded Fall 2023. We expect a third round of grant awards in Fall 2024.

Please read carefully the criteria below. In Fall 2023, numerous proposals submitted did not meet the criteria. Please include all information requested.


Grants from The Yiddish Culture Fund will amplify the growing interest in Yiddish culture and help develop the next generation of Yiddish culture leaders and producers in the San Francisco Bay Area. For in-person events, we will give priority to projects in the broader Bay Area. We will consider in-person events held outside the region if they are hybrid (offer an online option) so Bay Area residents can participate, and on-line events. We will also consider projects that are not events at all, as long as S.F. Bay Area residents can benefit from them. Grantees may be individuals or groups (incorporated or not, charitable organizations or not).

KlezCalifornia will support funded projects with event publicity to our 3,000-member mailing list, offer access to our connections if wanted, and provide mentoring if requested. In the longer term, we want to engage with new Yiddish culture leaders in strategic thinking about the future of Bay Area Yiddish cultural activities.

We encourage proposals that:
• Are activities organized by the next generation of Yiddish culture leaders or designed to attract people who might become those leaders in the greater San Francisco Bay Area
• Are new or early-stage projects by individuals and groups
• Are participatory, in which individuals learn and practice skills
• Are hybrid (simultaneously in-person and online) events, to promote accessibility
• Network with Jewish and/or other community infrastructure, in addition to KlezCalifornia
• Have the potential to be financially sustainable over time.

Examples of projects we encourage:
• Regularly scheduled or one-time events: jams, sing-alongs, Yiddish conversation groups, Yiddish literature classes (in Yiddish or translation), workshops, performances, festivals, in-school events.
• Translating, transcribing, or creating Yiddish cultural works for a public event. 
• Subsidy for registration, housing, or travel for a next generation leader to attend a Yiddish culture event (such as KlezKanada, Yiddish New York, Yidish Vokh) if the person has applied for support from those groups, needs an extra subsidy, and commits to organizing (not only performing at) specific event(s) when they return home. 

We will not fund:
• Research
• Journalism, whether print, web, or film/video
• Projects that do not include a related public presentation (such as a recording with no corresponding performance)
• Lectures/classes/performances that are neither created by nor targeted to the next generation of Yiddish culture enthusiasts
• Fundraising events
• Religious or political activities.

Principal project leaders will be added to KlezCalifornia’s mailing list for at least the grant period. Projects receiving grants must include, in both online and printed event publicity, “Presented with support from KlezCalifornia’s Yiddish Culture Fund.” We encourage grantees to present their events “in association with KlezCalifornia” and to permit a one-time blast to their mailing list inviting people to join KlezCalifornia’s mailing list.


In an email to, provide:

  • Name(s) of applicant(s), with email addresses, phones, mailing addresses, and ages
  • Status of applicant(s): individual, group of individuals, business (such as a band), incorporated organization, charity, etc.
  • Project description: at least one paragraph, no more than one page
  • Project beginning and ending dates
  • Project budget (income and expenses), indicating time period and showing no net loss
  • Requested grant amount (between $100 and $3,000)
  • Anything else you want to tell us (up to one paragraph).


KlezCalifornia’s Yiddish Culture Fund Advisory Committee will make recommendations to KlezCalifornia’s Board of Directors, whose decisions will be final. Grant awards will be announced in late April/early May 2024 (for proposals up to $500) and  in early June (for proposals up to $3,000).


One-time projects: one brief report indicating funds expended, progress made, and event description (if appropriate).

Longer-term projects: semiannual or at most quarterly brief reports with the above information.


We encourage tax-deductible contributions of all amounts to expand The Yiddish Culture Fund to  $50,000.

KlezCalifornia, Inc.
6714 Gladys Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530

Revised February 8, 2024