Here is a program that offers families as much as $50,000 to relocate to another city so that they can involved with that city's only synagogue.
Fearing that the city's congregation would dwindle and die, this program was started last year and its goal is to bring as many as 19 more Jewish families over the next five years. Worried about what the future might hold, one of the congregation members put up money to begin the program to attract as many as 20 new Jewish families. Ads in Jewish newspapers were taken out to help spread the word.
So far, about 400 families have since applied and 60 of them were qualified after their initial screening. Finalists go through a vetting process that includes written references -- including one from their rabbi -- home visits, checks for criminal and financial problems, and interviews.
In return for resettling and being active with the congregation for at least five years, families are reimbursed as much as $50,000 to cover items including moving expenses, housing, outstanding debt, education, temple dues and seed money for a small business. The fund will also pay the first year of temple dues for the family and, eventually, help with a down payment on a permanent home.
One of the families that has taken advantage of this program didn't receive the full $50,000 amount but they could receive as much as $30,000 to help pay off debts and reimburse them for resettlement expenses, including rent and furniture for the house where they are living now.
Grants! - President Barack Obama's
Stimulus Package Plan Includes:
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Organization Need Money
For Their Youth
The purpose of this grant program is to increase the number of gifted young people considering ordained ministry as a profession because studies have shown that fewer than 7 percent of clergy serving most denominations at this time are under age 35.
So far, nine of these grants have been awarded to eight congregations representing four different denominations and one federation of Asian-American congregations. One of these congregations was a Presbyterian congregation in Charlotte, North Carolina!