Alumni Microgrants

Have a great idea for a Jewish learning program you would like to see in your community?

Pardes alumni microgrants provide alumni with opportunities for building community and affecting change in the Jewish world that would otherwise be outside their reach. These grants can be used for a wide variety of initiatives and creative program ideas are welcome. Examples of alumni microgrant initiatives include community batei midrash, Shabbat and holiday programs, and Pardes alumni gatherings.


You are eligible to apply for a Pardes Alumni Microgrant if you completed one or more of the following programs:

The Year Program and/or one of the Year Program Fellowships. Pardes Center for Jewish Educators Programs (PEP, PEEP, and PTF) Summer Program


All microgrant programs must include a Jewish learning component, involving Jewish text and/or havruta learning. Examples of programs that would qualify are an intimate text-study group, a Shabbat dinner series with a text component, or a book club focused on a book that’s relevant to Pardes’s mission. Programs must align with Pardes’s mission and values to qualify.

Microgrant programs must engage adult learners or an intergenerational audience.

Pardes must be listed as a sponsor and the Pardes logo must be included on any marketing/printed materials used for micro grant programs.

Microgrant programs must take place within six months of your application’s approval.

How It Works

Apply for an alumni microgrant. Make sure you are ready to describe your program idea when you start the application.

Wait to receive an email with your application approval or follow up questions.

If approved, put on the program outlined in your micro grant application.

Within 30 days of your program, you must submit a program report form (will be emailed to you), which asks for your list of program participants and participant email addresses, a reflection on the program, and at least three photos from the event. You will also need to submit your receipts for the program using this link, so make sure to save your receipts.

Receive reimbursement for your program expenses.

The Fine Print

If your application is approved, you can spend up to $500 on your program and be reimbursed. Anything above that amount will not be reimbursed by Pardes.

If your program idea changes or you are no longer able to put on the program you described in your application, you must reapply for a micro grant with your new program idea.