Three of the nation's largest Jewish foundations - the Righteous Persons Foundation, the Jim Joseph Foundation, and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation have put out a challenge to the entire Jewish community - especially folks who are part of it but don't identify as such: Show us how new media works and we'll show you the money!
The Jewish New Media Innovation Fund intends to support interactive, digital efforts that engage Jews and Judaism. Old traditions, new media. New traditions, new media. Social traditions, social media.
Individuals, nonprofits, commercial ventures, techies, Torah studiers, media machers, mensches and mavens are all invited to apply.
All the details and the application form are here. Deadline is November 22, 2010. Funding decisions will be made in February, 2011.
Half a million dollars can fund a lot of good ideas - if you've got one (a good idea, that is) apply now! If you know someone with a good idea, tell them all about it. Help spread the word and show the funders just what Jewish New Media Innovation can really look like.
You can apply online here.
Follow on Twitter @jewishnewmedia
Read more about it here.
Full disclosure: My colleagues and I at Blueprint are helping the funders with this initiative.