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Programming Grants

MIT Hillel's Jewish Programming Grant provides students with resources to plan and execute an independent program to serve the MIT Jewish community. Whether it is a pre-Yom Kippur discussion or a Shabbat dinner in your dorm with your grandmother's matzah ball soup recipe, we are here to help you make it happen and make it meaningful.


Please submit the application at least three weeks prior to the event. The application includes a description of the event, your publicity plan, your target audience, and a detailed budget. A face-to-face meeting may be required to clarify budget and details.

You will be notified of the decision regarding your grant application no later than 2 weeks prior to the date of your event.

We review applications on a rolling basis in the order that we receive them. The sooner you submit an application, the sooner you will be notified of the Board's decision.

If you have any questions regarding the MIT Hillel Programming Grant, please email


  • events that serve a population not regularly served by Hillel
  • innovative events
  • a completed application
  • applications with detailed explanations and itemized budgets (i.e. events that seem well-planned and thus likely to be successful)

Example Budgets:

For a small Passover Seder:

Onions, garlic, carrots - $6
Eggs, 2 cartons - $5
Matzo- $5
Lamb chops: $20
Ingredients for charoset-$6
Maror- $5
Grape juice-$5
Paper plates/cups - $4
Total: $73

For Greek Shabbat (a large, catered Shabbat dinner):
Rubin's Kosher Restaurant Catering - estimated $17/person * estimated 30 people = $510
Plastic utensils, plates, and serving spoons $15
Total: $525


Based on the nature of the program, we can provide both financial and educational resources. We're also happy to help you find a space if you don't have one; just contact us for assistance.


Please submit all receipts to the Hillel office (basement of W11) during business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) no later than two weeks after the event. Label the receipts with your name and the phrase "Programming Grant."

Also, please provide:

  • Copies of any materials used, educational and promotional
  • A name and email list of all participants
  • Any photos taken at the event

MIT Hillel

Phone: 617-253-2982

MIT Hillel
Muriel and Norman B. Leventhal
Center for Jewish Life

40 Massachusetts Ave, Building W11
Cambridge, MA 02139

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