Recent Grants

The following grants were approved by the Board of Trustees in FY 2012:

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee- Ukraine $30,000
Working in over 70 countries, JDC acts on behalf of North Americaís Jewish communities to rescue Jews in danger, provide relief to those in distress, and revitalize overseas Jewish communities. Foundation funds support Metsudah, a young adult leadership training program in Ukraine that trains participants to launch projects in their local communities that enhance both their Jewish identity as well as the Jewish community.
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee- Romania $30,800
Working in over 70 countries, JDC acts on behalf of North Americaís Jewish communities to rescue Jews in danger, provide relief to those in distress, and revitalize overseas Jewish communities. Foundation funds support the expansion of the Jewish Romanian Family Camps to include a Fall and Winter Camp as well as monthly family orientated programs that increase parents as well as the childrenís Jewish knowledge and culture.
Anti-Defamation League $10,000
Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is one of the leading organizations working to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and fight all forms of anti-Semitism, hatred and bigotry. Foundation funds are directed toward the Washington, DC Regional Office for general operating support.
Boston Jewish Music Festival $15,000
The Boston Jewish Music Festival is dedicated to demonstrating the many ways Jewish experiences, beliefs, and values are expressed through music. The Boston Jewish Music Festival hopes to build a greater appreciation of, connection to, and pride in Jewish identity, artistry, and music within the Greater Boston community.
American Universityís Center for Israel Studies $20,000
The Center for Israel Studiesí aim is to broaden education and knowledge about Israeli society at the American University and among the wider community. As part of a national initiative to create strong Israel Studies programming on college campuses, the Center works to add checks, balance, and diversity to the study of Israel and the Middle East. The Foundationís grant provides annual operating support to the Center.
Centropa $60,000
With over 1,300 individual interviews and profiles and innovative digital technology, Centropa brings to life the everyday stories of Central and Eastern Europe Jewish life before the tragedy of the Holocaust. The Foundationís funds help to create a network among Jewish Schools in Central and Eastern Europe to encourage these schools to collaborate with one another on innovative digital projects that cross borders.
DC JCC Music Festival $120,000
Created 13 years ago by a partnership between the DC Jewish Community Center and the Foundation to foster a broader appreciation of the cultural and stylistic diversity of Jewish music, The Washington Jewish Music Festival provides the greater Washington, DC community with an opportunity to connect through music and creative programming. In support of its 13th year, the Foundation funded general operating support as well as special additional funding to celebrate the festivalís Bar Mitzvah Concert Event.
Federation of Greater Washington $150,000
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington seeks to deepen Jewish identity and strengthen Jewish communities by supporting nearly 40†partner agencies, Jewish schools, college campuses and youth groups, and community service programs in the greater Washington, DC area, Israel and globally. The Foundationís grant provides annual operating support to the Federation.
Foundation for Jewish Culture $50,000
With Polinger Foundation support, The Foundation for Jewish Culture, a leading advocate for Jewish cultural creativity and preservation, launched The New Jewish Culture Network, which aims to support the creation and distribution of new Jewish music, engage new audiences with high quality Jewish content, as well as foster greater collaboration between presenters. Current funding is directed towards supporting the selection and touring of a new artist in Jewish music for the next commission in 2013.
Jewish Outreach Institute $78,600
The Jewish Outreach Institute reaches out to interfaith and unengaged Jewish families, welcoming them to the organized Jewish community in accessible and meaningful ways. The Foundation grant funds the development and pilot of Hands-on-Hanukkah, an innovative ďpublic spaceĒ Judaism event that engages children and parents around this holidayís core themes.
Jewish Social Service Agency $50,000
For over a century, the Jewish Social Service Agency in Montgomery County has addressed the needs of thousands of people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds through a comprehensive range of social services, including assessments, counseling, mental health treatment, in-home support and hospice care, career coaching, job development and placement, information and resource referral, and case management. Foundation funding is for general operating support.
Moishe House Phoenix $35,000
Moishe Houseís mission is to provide meaningful Jewish experiences for young adults around the world by supporting leaders in their 20's in creating vibrant home-based Jewish communities for their peers. The Houses provide a meaningful pathway from Jewish college life to Jewish family life for young adults throughout 40 cities spanning 12 countries. The Foundation funded the expansion of Moishe House to the Greater Phoenix area.
New Center for Arts and Culture $10,000
Established in 2004, Bostonís New Center for Arts and Culture showcases Jewish intellectual, artistic, and cultural heritage through innovative and varied cultural programming throughout Boston. Foundation funding is for PRISM, a program for Jewish young adults, who themselves design and present large-scale and salon-style arts and culture events for their Jewish and non-Jewish peers
Reboot- Beyond Bubbie $25,000
Reboot is a growing network of thought-leaders and tastemakers who work toward a common goal: to ďrebootĒ the Jewish culture, rituals, and traditions weíve inherited and make them vital and resonant in our own lives. Current funding is directed towards supporting the launch of Beyond Bubbie, an online, interactive community cookbook where people can upload and share stories, photographs, memories and recipes.
Sixth & I $25,000
This unique 100-year-old building and sight of one of Washington DCís first synagogues was rescued in 2002 by an interdenominational group of Jewish donors. This diverse foundation for Sixth & I created an open and progressive attitude toward Jewish identity and engagement. 6th and I has become a unique leader in the Jewish community and is a mecca for arts, entertainment, and discussion in the District of Columbia. Current funding supports 6th in the City, their innovative series that reaches thousands of young Jewish in their 20s and 30s.
The Abraham Fund Initiative $25,000
The Abraham Fund Imitative (TAFI) works to advance issues of shared society, equality, and cooperation among Israelís Jewish and Arab citizens by creating and operating large-scale initiatives, cultivating grassroots projects and conducting public education and advocacy. Foundation funding is for general operating support.
The Israel Project $25,000
The Israel Project (TIP) aims to educate and inform the media and publicís perception of Israel by providing factual information about Israel and the Middle East. TIP works to protect Israel and the Jewish people by strengthening Israelís image in the United States and other key countries, reducing anti-Semitism caused by negative images of Israel, and improving Jewish identity and pride in Israel as it strengthens how Israel is portrayed in the media.
Arena Stage $35,000
Renowned as one of the most robust regional not-for-profit theaters in the US, Arena Stage is committed to building audiences that reflect the diverse communities in the region. Voices of Now is a year-long afterschool performance theater program for at-risk and underserved middle school youth. . Foundation funds are geared toward expanding VON to DC Child and Family Services Agency, Metro TeenAIDS and The Wendt Center for Loss and Healing.
BBAR for THEARC Arts Fund $50,000
Opened in 2005, THEARC is a multipurpose facility that provides arts, educational, recreational, and medical services to underserved residents east of Washington, DCís Anacostia River. 11 nonprofit agencies are engaged including The Levine School of Music, The Washington Ballet, The Corcoran Gallery of Art and The Boys and Girls Club. The grant supports The Arts Fund at THEARC, a fund created by the Foundation, which provides scholarships to neighborhood children and youth to participate in art programs housed at THEARC.
Dance Place $25,000
A leading voice for dance in the DC area for 30 years, Dance Place provides professional performing and training opportunities to hundreds of emerging and seasoned performing artists and is considered one of the most prolific presenters and co-commissioners of dance in the United States. The Foundationís grant focuses on Dance Placeís role in developing and showcasing dance excellence in the DC metro area.
From the Top $30,000
Broadcast on over 250 stations nationwide to an audience of more than 700,000 listeners each week, From the Top showcases Americaís best young musicians. Each one-hour broadcast presents five high-caliber performances by talented young musicians ages 8-18 along with interviews and profiles of these extraordinary young musicians. Foundation funding is to launch From the Top Performers Take it Beyond the Concert Hall which will train, support and then require these young musical leaders to share their love of music through the implementation .of individual service projects
Peabody Institute $75,000
Through their degree-granting Conservatory and their community-based preparatory school, the internationally reputable Peabody Institute trains musicians of every age and level. The Conservatory provides aspiring artists with the skill set to pursue professional careers in music and the education to become leaders in their communities. The Foundation endows a need-based scholarship fund for the most outstanding undergraduate piano students at the Conservatory.
Sitar Arts Center $25,000
Sitar Arts Center gives children and youth living in one of Washington, DCís most underserved neighborhoods the opportunity to explore and study visual and performing arts in an afterschool safe haven. The Center partners with volunteer artists to provide this inner-city community with high-quality, affordable arts education which helps students develop artistic, social and life skills that position them for success and keep them safe from neighborhood violence and gang participation. Foundation funding is for operating support.
Facing History and Ourselves $25,000
Facing History and Ourselves is an international educational and professional development organization that brings lessons of tolerance, civic responsibility and social action into the classroom. Facing History conducts workshops and seminars to provide teachers with the content, teaching strategies, and ongoing support to help their students examine issues of racism, prejudice and anti-Semitism. Foundation funding is for expansion of their work in the Washington, DC region.
Flamboyan Foundation $50,000
Having determined that one of the most significant problems in the school system in Washington DC is a lack of parent involvement, Flamboyan Foundation, a private Foundation, has focused its funding on improving family engagement. The Polinger Foundation teams with Flamboyan Foundation to pilot a home-visiting and school-based program to increase teacher efficacy in working with families, as well as to help parents become partners and advocates with teachers and schools in their childís education.
Gandhi Brigade $15,000
The Gandhi Brigade helps prepare young people to become 21st century leaders by using media as a catalyst for learning, dialogue, and transformation. The organization engages young people on the margins by focusing on video production, graphic design, and photography, enabling them to bring their voices into community dialogue and become agents of social change. The Foundation has funded the program since its inception in 2005.
Mental Health Association of Montgomery County $15,000
With over 50 years of service in Montgomery County, the Mental Health Association promotes mental wellness and supports those with mental illness through advocacy, education, and direct service programs. The organization currently manages eleven direct service programs, provides professional education workshops and seminars, and sponsors community outreach and advocacy efforts. Funding is for general operating support.
Montgomery County Collaboration Council $50,000
Montgomery County Collaboration Councilís (MCCC) mission is to improve the well being of children, youth and families through collaborative partnerships and community engagement. For the past few years, Polinger Foundation has worked with MCCC to create and deliver a comprehensive training initiative for out-of-school time youth workers. This yearís grant supports the creation of the Blueprint for Building the Montgomery County Youth Workforce Development System.
Trawick TeamUp $30,000
In 2009, the Trawick Foundation, a private foundation, began a TeamUp Award program to promote partnerships and capacity building among area nonprofits that develop and implement new programs for middle school populations. The Polinger Foundation joined a collective of funders to support a TeamUp Award for a partnership of 3 area nonprofits who would work with at-risk youth: Musical Theatre Center, the Conflict Resolution Center, and Project Change.
Turnaround for Children $50,000
Turnaround is a New York-based organization that works to help high-poverty, low-performing public schools create positive learning environments to foster healthy intellectual, social, and emotional growth in their students. Turnaround deploys a team of educators and social workers to work with schools and create systems of student support, develop linkages to services in the community, and give school staff the expertise and skills needed to succeed. Foundation funding supports the expansion of the Turnaround program to Washington, DC.