Source: Natan's New Media Blog
To gain a better understanding about the ways that new media can be used to engage people in Jewish life, The Natan Fund is launching a New Media grant area for 2011.
Natan’s New Media grants will support cutting-edge projects that:
- use new media to create new access points to Jewish life and learning,
- build Jewish communities,
- and/or inspire and enable people to be a part of Jewish life.
In this pilot round of the New Media grants, Natan expects to give away about $100,000 in grants ranging from $10,000 – $40,000.
Natan is launching this new grant area with an experiment in crowdsourcing. In keeping with the ethos of the field, and inspired by calls for funders to “open up to new inputs”, Natan is opening up a draft of the application materials for this new grant program to public commentary. They have set up a blog, where they have posted the draft of their application materials. The draft materials will be open for commentary until 5 pm on Wednesday, May 18. Anyone can comment on the materials on the blog, and Natan will integrate what they’ve learned in this public commentary period into their final application materials. The final application will be live by June 1, 2011.