As of December 1, 2020, a first round of funding in the amount of $699,942 has been allocated. A second round is planned for January, with applications for funding due in December; planned allocations for this second round are $680,000. There is a possibility of more rounds dependent on funding; the committee expects up to two years of pandemic-related need.

COVID-19 Relief Fund Grant Allocations

Safe Delivery of Programs & Services


Total: $310,942 | 45% 


$115,000 | Mayerson JCC  

  • $65,000 | Additional personnel, equipment, technology, food, and cleaning supplies necessitated by the All Day at the J program 
  • $50,000 | Supplies to maintain safety for members including personal protective equipment, furniture, technology, cleaning supplies, and additional cleaning staff 

$95,000 | Rockwern Academy | Additional personnel, technology and cleaning supplies to maintain safe social distancing and safety at school 

$50,000 | Cincinnati Hebrew Day School | Additional custodial staff and teachers to support student needs during the pandemic 

$19,300 | Ohr Torah   

  • $11,800 | Supplies to maintain safety for members 
  • $4,000 | Physical space updates to increase safety and enhance social distancing in the school 
  • $3,500 | Individual supplies for students for safe learning in the classroom 

$11,000 | Jewish Discovery Center | Technology and supplies to maintain safety for participants in the Chai Tots program 

$10,000 | The Nancy and David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center | Equipment to produce and deliver educational programs remotely 

$5,892 | Chabad Jewish Center | Supplies to maintain safety e.g. tents, disinfecting sprayer, and dividers to enable social distanced services 

$4,750 | JVS Career Services | Refurbished computers and technology for JVS Career Service clients to enable job search  

Basic Human Needs


Total: $239,000 | 34% 


$189,000 | Jewish Family Service 

  • $64,000 | Full-time care manager to respond to increased needs as a result of the pandemic 
  • $75,000 | Emergency financial assistance for families in need due to the economic impact of the pandemic 
  • $50,000 | Support for increased needs at the Barbash Family Vital Support Center and the Heldman Family Food Pantry 

$50,000 | Congregation Zichron Eliezer, Congregation Sha’arei Torah, and Golf Manor Synagogue, Temple Shalom, and Jewish Discovery Center | Discretionary funds for congregant basic needs 

Senior Care


Total: $120,000 | 17% 


$60,000 | Jewish Family Service  

  • $25,000 | Technology devices, in-home high-speed internet access, and assisted devices for vision and hearing loss to reduce clients’ social isolation due to the pandemic 
  • $35,000 | Jewish Family Service | Virtual engagement specialist to support seniors use of technology to reduce isolation.  

$50,000 | Mayerson JCC | Increased needs of Senior Center activities
$10,000 | Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati | Hardware installation to enable streaming of burial services

Mental Health


Total: $30,000 | 4% 


$8,000 | Cincinnati Hillel Jewish Student Center | Virtual program to help students cope with mental health issues associated with the pandemic 

$6,000 | Mercaz | Mental Health First Aid training and stipend for program leaders, students, and supplies for virtual programming 

$8,000 | Miami University Hillel l Stipend and Mental health first aid training for two student leaders, training materials, marketing of services 

$8,000 | Jewish Family Service | Planning grant for community-wide youth/teen/young adult mental health first aid training program