Together with the Steinmetz Herskovitz Family Fund, aliyah agency Nefesh B’Nefesh is seeking applications for its 2020 “Initiative for Zionist Innovation” grant, which aims to empower new immigrants to Israel committed to strengthening and building their communities in Israel.

The grant will offer mentorship, networking assistance, seed funding and logistical support to impact Israeli society through new initiatives and community-building.

While it can take time for recent arrivals to find their place in Israeli society, according to Nefesh B’Nefesh, “many newcomers embrace the opportunity to innovate and build communities through a variety of creative ideas.”

“From the moment they step off the plane, they are looking for a sense of community to help them integrate and adjust into their new lives,” said Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, co-founder and executive director of Nefesh B’Nefesh. “While there are already many incredible communities and infrastructures that exist in Israel, we applaud and support those olim who seek to build and improve within their own neighborhoods to create a model of community-building throughout the country.”

Israel immigrant and philanthropist Marty Herskovitz added that his partnership with Nefesh B’Nefesh would enable grant recipients to “create new models of community structure that will enrich Israeli society for many years to come.”

“The Steinmetz Herskovitz Fund places a high importance on the concept of community building and leadership within Israel,” he said.

Eligible candidates must have made aliyah from North America and the United Kingdom, or have a confirmed aliyah date before Jan. 1.

Applicants must submit a mission statement for their initiative, a business plan and explanation of how Nefesh B’Nefesh can help advance their venture, by Jan. 10. Successful candidates will be announced by March 25.

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