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Social Action Fund General Information

The Social Action Committee has two funds:  The General Social Action Fund and Yom Kippur Appeal Fund.

The General Social Action Fund:

The Social Action Fund is comprised of donations made by community members throughout the year. This fund is used to fund Social Action events and activities, to support organizations and causes which align with our values, and to purchase gifts for or make donations in lieu of gifts on behalf of our speakers. When you make a donation to the shul, you can earmark it for social action if you wish.

The Yom Kippur Appeal Fund:

Every Yom Kippur, the First Narayever community comes together to raise funds to support exceptional community projects and organizations that work on causes that are close to our hearts, in Canada and in Israel. We have raised funds to help the homeless, to improve environmental protection, to build better relations between Arab and Jewish Israelis, and to improve accessibility for those with disabilities.

A list of our past recipients can be found here. Our 2021 list of recipients will be posted near the end of March 2021. To view our video YK Appeal for 2020, please click here.  

Applying for a Social Action Fund Grant

We welcome applications that help to advance the following mission:

1. Address the needs of Toronto’s downtown Jewish community;

2. Build an Israel consistent with our values of fairness, egalitarianism, environmental responsibility, social justice and fostering peace; or

3. Build inclusive and just communities by supporting equity seeking populations and communities facing discrimination or anti-Semitism in Canada or Israel.

Subject to change, Yom Kippur Social Action funding is available either as a:

(1) One-Year Grant of up to $10,000;


(2) Three-Year Grant of up to $10,000 per year

Applicants seeking funding for three-years must clarify their proposed use of the funds over the three year period.  Unique three-year projects are encouraged and annual progress reports are required.

The Social Action Fund Grants from Yom Kippur 2020 have been completed and distributed.

Application Forms:

If you are an organization that would like to apply for funding support, please note that the 2021 application deadline was January 1, 2021.  Check in next fall for future opportunities, or speak to our Social Action Chair for more information (

Use of Funds Reporting Forms

For all grant recipients, Use of Funds reports are mandatory and must be received by January 1, 2021 for 2020 grant recipients and January 1, 2022 for 2021 grant recipients. For organizations that have been granted three years of funding, receipt of the Use of Funds report for each year is a prerequisite for receiving funds for the next year. 

Click here for the use of funds reporting form

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