Apply to the AVF

Our 2016-2017 grant cycle is now open for applications. We’re eager to hear about what inspires you and moves you to build something new. Apply for an AVF grant today! 


Before You Apply:

  1. Determine who will be receiving the funds if you are awarded a grant. Will it be an individual (Bronfman alumni only), or a sponsoring non-profit organization? See below for an explanation of the two options. (coming soon)
  2. Will your project be completed within 10 months? If it will take siginificantly longer than that, you may not be eligible.
  3.  Work out a budget for your project. Not sure where to start? Here is a link to a sample budget template.

Any other questions? Please be in touch and we can arrange a conversation with you and an AVF committee member or a staff person. Email if you're interested in a chat.

AVF Grant Application Forms:

  • Click here to fill out the application for grants under $750 – for smaller, newer, start-up projects. We encourage you to take a risk and begin to build something exciting.
  • Click here to fill out the application form for grants over $750


Quick FAQs about this cycle:

  • Who can apply? ANY BYFI alum is eligible to apply for an organization or initiative that they are involved with.
  • Does this have to be a Jewish idea? No! You are welcome to apply for an idea, initiative, or organization that is either Jewish or secular.
  • What if I work as a professional at the organization for which I'd like to apply? That's awesome! As long as you don't apply for funding that will go towards your own salary, you are welcome to apply.
  • What if I have questions? Feel free to be in touch with an AVF committee member or Aaron Steinberg ( with questions about your application. 
  • When's the application due? November 11th!


Who will receive the grant funds? 

  • Individual: Grants to an individual must be payable to an alum of the program. That alum will be required to report the grant to the IRS as income, and may be subject to taxation.  
  • Non-Profit: If a grant payment is to be made to a sponsoring non-profit organization on behalf of an alum, the alum must provide documentation of that organization's non-profit status and the name of a contact at that organization who has agreed to sign the grant agreement along with the alum.