Office of the Chief Rabbi

A Guide to Applications & Awards

The Application Process


What is a CCE Grant?

  • A CCE grant enables the recipient community to hold a long-term programme or one-off event by minimising the projected shortfall. If the event ultimately incurs a shortfall totalling less than the CCE grant awarded, the grant will be reduced to reflect this. However, if the shortfall incurred totals more than originally anticipated, the grant will not be increased
  • CCE generally awards grants of up to £2,000. Sums exceeding this will nevertheless still be considered, particularly for long-term planning
  • A CCE grant is intended as seed funding, giving communities the financial wherewithal they may need to invigorate their events calendar with new and innovative ideas
  • There is no limit on the number of applications any one community can make
  • Synagogues may apply for funding for multiple programmes within each application deadline. A new form must be submitted for each programme for which funding is requested
  • All United Synagogue (US) and United Hebrew Congregation (UHC) communities are encouraged to apply for funding

Application Timeline

  • Applications submitted in plenty of time will be looked upon more favourably. Applications filed within an insufficient timeframe will be rejected
  • There are rolling deadlines for applications at the end of each month, with new applications reviewed in the first week of the new month
  • Applicants will be notified shortly thereafter as to the outcome of their application and issued with these Terms and Conditions for Successful Applications
  • CCE requires a minimum four week period from the date funding is allocated to the date of the event or programme, so that successful applicants can satisfy pre-event conditions (e.g. supplying marketing materials)
  • Following the event or programme’s conclusion, communities have two months to satisfy all CCE conditions and claim their grant, after which the grant will expire

What CCE is looking to fund:

  • Priority is given to new and innovative programmes and events, with the amount of funding awarded based on the individual merits of each application
  • In 2017 CCE is particularly looking to support long-term educational programmes, in line with its drive to maximise learning-based experiences for Shul members
  • Applicants’ events or programmes should address areas of synagogue activity that need to be strengthened
  • It is expected that the community will generate some income through ticket sales and that applicants will indicate the Synagogue’s financial contribution towards the event or programme
  • Through the application form, communities should clearly identify the project they wish to implement, explaining their local context, together with the aims and objectives of the project
  • CCE encourages communities to plan ahead. There is no limit on the applications you can submit within any given month

What CCE does not fund:

  • Programmes or events retroactively
  • Trips abroad
  • Permanent salaries
  • Capital e.g. shul buildings or equipment
  • CCE does not normally fund food, but will occasionally help subsidise meals if participants are being charged.

You can view our downloadable CCE Timeline here

10th April 2016: Ahead of Pesach, members of South Manchester had the chance to try their hand at baking matzah

Ahead of Pesach, members of South Manchester had the chance to try their hand at baking matzah

Terms & Conditions for Successful Applications


1) A CCE grant enables the recipient community to hold a programme or event by minimising the projected shortfall. If the event ultimately incurs a shortfall totalling less than the CCE grant awarded, the grant will be reduced to reflect this. However, if the shortfall incurred totals more than originally anticipated, the grant will not be increased.

2) Initial outlay and payments to suppliers must be made by the synagogue.

3) CCE will pay up to the awarded amount, directly into the synagogue bank account:

  • Upon completion of the event
  • Upon completion of the Evaluation Form; to be completed by either the Rabbi, Chair or principal organiser within 7 days of the event’s conclusion
  • Upon completion of the online Participant Feedback Form; you will receive a unique link to be emailed to all participants within three days of the event. CCE will share this feedback with you
  • Upon receipt of the completed Income and Expenditure Table template
  • Upon receipt of copies of all invoices and receipts from the event, to be submitted in one email, ideally within one document, with the above template
  • Upon receipt of the synagogue’s bank account number and sort code*

4) Following the completion of all points listed under 3), the agreed sum will be paid out within 28 days.

5) CCE grants must be claimed within 2 months of the conclusion of the event or programme. Beyond this period the grant will be annulled.

6) In the event that plans change, and a grant is required to cover elements not indicated in the original application, the grant is not automatically transferable. Under such circumstances, CCE must be notified as soon as possible so that the application can be reconsidered.

7) Where possible, CCE requests that organisers send photos of events.

* This only applies to non-United Synagogue communities

Marketing materials

  • CCE requests that successful applicants share their marketing materials with CCE. These materials should bear the CCE logo, which will be forwarded by email, and incorporate the following wording: This event is supported by the Chief Rabbi’s Centre for Community Excellence. 
  • To view model flyers, please click here.

The Future

Where possible, communities are expected to record names and email addresses of people attending programmes and have a follow-up plan to maintain contact with these participants.

Following on from the CCE-funded programme, communities must have a clear vision and follow-up plan for future projects, as well as how these will be funded.

You can download the PDF version of these Terms & Conditions here.

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