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Application Checklist
Prepare the information on this checklist prior to completing your online application.


Before submitting a 2015 Fain Social Action Award application online, we recommend that you prepare the information on this checklist and have it easily available to “cut-and-paste” into your application. Once this information has been compiled, visit www.rac.org/fain to apply. Please note that once you begin the online application, you will not be able to stop, save your submission, and return to complete it at a later time. Please direct any questions to Isaac Nuell at inuell@rac.org or (202) 387-2800.

Download a printable checklist here


  • Congregation Information: name, mailing address, website URL, URJ District. If you do not know your congregation’s size or District, visit the URJ's directory search and view your congregation’s “Profile”
  • Primary contact for application: name, title or position (Rabbi, Social Action Chair, Lay Leader, etc.), email address, phone number
  • Clergy Contact: name, email
  • Has your congregation ever won a Fain Award? Please note: If your congregation won a Fain Award in 2011 or 2013, you are not eligible to apply for a 2015 Fain Award. If your congregation received an Honorable Mention in 2011 or 2013, you are eligible to apply. All others are eligible.



  • Program Title
  • Description of need, problem, or topic addressed by program
    e.g. hunger, homelessness
  • Program goals
    150 words or less
  • Timeline of major milestones in program
  • Audiences within congregation
    e.g. seniors, young families, religious school
  • Description of congregational engagement
    e.g. "Our youth group coordinated the congregation's effor to collect furniture, clothing, and toys for a family transitioning from a local shelter to their own home. They made signs which were placed around our building, spoke at services every Friday night, and planned a welcome-home party for the family, which was attended by more than 100 congregants."
  • Name of program coordinator
  • Budget estimate
  • Explanation of how your program tackled the need, problem, or topic described above
  • Outcome of your program
    e.g. What impact did you have on the food pantry's capacity? Were 100 people given housing for a week?
  • Definition of success
    Was there a buzz about the program in the community? Did participants stay involved after the program ended? Was the program extended due to demand?
  • How has this program strengthened your congregation?
  • If applicable, describe peripheral audiences within the congergation how they were engaged, as well as any partnerships with outside organizations.



  • Attachments: We strongly encourage congregations to include attachments. These additional components enhance your application and help us to better understand and assess your program. Please attach any/all of the following:
    - Photos (Each application MUST include at least one digital photo)
    - Program Material samples (hand-outs, flyers, text studies, etc.)
    - Press coverage (links or copies of articles from local newspapers, synagogue newsletters, etc.)
  • Additional Information: Any additional information you’d like to share to help us better understand your program.

Contact Isaac Nuell, Manager of Congregational Social Action at inuell@rac.org or (202) 387-2800.

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