Support for Gatherings and Learning
After your Israel trip, your Jewish journey continues at home. As ever, Honeymoon Israel (HMI) is here to support you as you explore Jewish life in a meaningful way. HMI’s alumni micro grants are available to you to subsidize a variety of opportunities, whether your own individual learning or gatherings with your HMI friends.
Micro grants are available for Honeymoon Israel alumni at any point in their alumni journey. While these micro grants are not intended to cover the whole cost of a program or opportunity, we hope they are helpful in supporting your continued Jewish gatherings, celebrations and learning.
Micro grants are intended to support you as you explore Judaism and your connection to the HMI community and larger Jewish community. Review the examples below for broad categories, but a general rule of thumb is that your request will need to incorporate some element of Jewish learning or ritual to be eligible.
The types of programs micro grants will support include, but are certainly not limited to:
- Classes. The broader Jewish community offers many classes related to Jewish learning. This could include Hebrew classes, general Jewish learning or Israeli culture learning, or holiday-related webinars. Micro grants support classes on your own or with other HMI alumni. Consider reaching out to your trip Rabbi or educator about creating a class that interests you.
- Gatherings. There are many moments throughout the Jewish year where we can gather as a community to learn, celebrate, or mourn together. Micro grants support hosting alumni for gatherings and celebrations with a Jewish component or ritual, such as Shabbat, Jewish holidays, or Jewish life cycle events.
- Community Programs. Outside of formal classes, there are many opportunities to attend community programs with a Jewish or Israeli component, such as museum exhibits on Jewish history or art, programs for young families, speaker series, Jewish holidays hosted by a community organization, or even one-off programs such as a Passover cocktail making class. Micro grants are available to support alumni attendance at these types of programs.
- And More. Not sure yet what you’d like to do? Reach out to your HMI Director of Community Engagement to chat more about your interests in exploring Judaism. We can give you ideas or help you connect with other alumni in your area with similar interests.
If you have a question about whether the program or opportunity you are interested in is eligible or need support for incorporating Jewish learning or ritual in your program, contact us at email@example.com.
- Apply for your micro grant at least 10 business days in advance of the program. Running late? Let your HMI Director of Community Engagement know.
- If you are planning a program, please confirm a date before you request a micro grant
- If you are hosting an event, only one micro grant will be approved per event
- If you are attending a program with your HMI friends, you can either apply for a bulk set of tickets (i.e. 5 tickets to a retreat) or each individual attendee can apply for their own micro grant
- For meal-related micro grant requests, micro grants will generally cover up to $10 per person, but no more than 50 percent of the total cost of the food
In general, micro grants will cover up to but not more than 50 percent of the total cost of the request.
Submit your application for a micro grant at least 10 business days in advance. You will need to include program dates, a description of the program and your goals for hosting/attending, who will be included (just you, cohort, city-wide alumni, etc.), what planning support you might need, and costs or a basic budget.
2) Receive a Response from HMI
You will hear from a Honeymoon Israel team member regarding the status of your request within seven (7) business days of submission. Please make sure you take this time frame into account if there is a deadline for signing up for a community program.
If your micro grant request is approved, you will receive an email with instructions on requesting reimbursement. And we want to hear how it went! When you submit your reimbursement request, we’ll ask you to provide a breakdown of all expenses with receipts for those over $75, a final attendee list, a photo of the event (for group events only), and a space to write in reflections on your program. If you want to submit additional photos of your event we’d love it; you and your friends could be featured on HMI’s social media!
Micro grants are awarded in the form of reimbursements. Your request will be reviewed by a Honeymoon Israel team member. All reimbursements are made via check and mailed to the address you provide within five weeks of your reimbursement request approval. Note that reimbursements will be sent after the program is complete (example: if you sign up for a three-part series, the reimbursement request should be submitted after the third class is complete). You must submit your reimbursement request within 14 days of the completion of your program.
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