The Jewish Federation’s Teen Leadership Incentive Grants provide support for teens attending conferences through an eligible youth movement which fosters Jewish identity and leadership. Each participant may receive up to $150 for a program which is two nights or less, or up to $300 for a program that is three nights or longer.  A participant may receive only one grant per cycle. Eligible programs are listed below.

2020-2021 Updates

Due to COVID-19, many planned programs for 2020-21 have been postponed or cancelled. The Jewish Federation is working closely with local youth movements to stay up-to-date about planned in-person gatherings for the spring and summer of 2021.

Teen Leadership Incentive Grants will be awarded to in-person gatherings (when safe) as well as virtual gatherings for the spring and summer of 2021. Grants for virtual gatherings will be awarded on a case-by-case basis, so please reach out to your local youth director to find out if the program qualifies.

The application is now open. Funds are limited and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for programs taking place through August 2021.

Who is eligible?

Any teen residing in one of the five counties of the greater Philadelphia area (Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery) who is participating in a leadership experience with one of the following organizations: BBYO, CTeens, NCSY, NFTY, Tzofim, and USY.

How to Apply

All recipients must complete the following steps to receive an award:

  1. Provide a completed grant application.
  2. Provide program registration confirmation.
  3. Complete the program in its entirety and adhere to all program policies and guidelines.
  4. Submit a two paragraph reflection on the experience at the program within two weeks of its conclusion.

How are funds distributed?

Funds will be sent directly to the program. If you have already paid in full, it will be the family’s responsibility to see that they are reimbursed from their youth movement.