2016-2017 Alternative Break Micro Grants Application

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Eligibility Requirements


NOTE: If you are a campus Hillel, you should NOT fill out this application. Hillels can apply for funding directly through Chayie Chinn and Michelle Lackie at Hillel International. 

Repair the World is pleased to continue offering micro-grants to support new and long-standing Alternative Break experiences for North American young adults. Micro-grant award amounts will range from $1,000-$5,000 and will vary depending on the number of program participants, program location, emphasis on post-program engagement and other factors. Micro-grant funds may be used to support any aspect of implementing the Alternative Break (e.g. logistics, travel, participant subsidies, and pre and post-Alternative Break programming).

All applications must be received by September 15, 2017. Applicants will be notified of grant decisions the week of October 11, 2017. 


  • Timeline:

    • Alternative Break Program must take place between September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018

  • Participants:

    • Minimum of 8 participants

    • Teens, college or post-college young adults

    • The majority of program participants should self-identify as Jewish.

    • All program participants should understand that the program is rooted in Jewish values and context.

  • Program Structure

    • Must have an immersive component  

    • Blend of direct service and contextual learning about the issue the participants are addressing in their service work

    • Staffed by a Jewish service learning educator OR interaction with guest educators if the program is participant-le. Operated under the auspices of or be supported by a 501(c)3

  • Direct Service

    • At least 3 hours of direct hands-on service per participant per active day of the program (excluding travel days)

    • Must be done in partnership with a local not-for-profit organization (Jewish or secular)

    • Service must address genuine community need(s)

  • Learning

    • Average of 2 hours of learning per participant per active day of the program (excluding travel days)

    • Learning should consist of a mix of Jewish, educational, contextual, and issue-based topics woven into the program through interactive activities, discussion, and reflection

    • Must include orientation from the non-profit partner

    • Encouraged to utilize local issue experts and speakers

  • Pre- and Post-Program Activities  

    • Highly encouraged to host a live or virtual pre-program orientation with all participants

    • Highly encouraged to host a live or virtual post-program debrief session with all participants

    • Commitment by at least 75% of program participants to engage in at least one of Repair the World’s three annual campaigns in 2018