UpStart offering nonprofit applicants new round of funding support

UpStart, a Bay Area organization that offers funding and organizational support to fledgling Jewish nonprofits, is calling for applications from groups needing support.

Selected groups will join the three-year UpStarter program and receive funding, conceptual advice and networking opportunities.

Past members of the UpStarter program include the Berkeley residential urban farming program Urban Adamah, Fair Trade Judaica and G-dcast, a website that produces video interpretations of Torah and Jewish holiday stories.

UpStart began with funding from the Walter and Elise Haas Fund and developed out of the Bureau of Jewish Education in 2008 with a grant from the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund. It seeks to apply social entrepreneurship to Jewish causes with the long-term goal of creating a “Jewish Silicon Valley.”

UpStart also offers consulting services and hosts seminars, workshops and public lectures focused on Jewish social entrepreneurship.

The deadline for Bay Area applications for the UpStarter program is April 2. UpStart also accepts applications year-round for its new national UpStarter program.

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