Microgrant Application


WJCI extends a heartfelt ‘Kol Hakavod’ to our first eight grantees:

WJCI's microgrant program, created with generous funding from UJA--Federation of New York and The Shapiro Foundation, allows us to support these host groups in their work to resettle Afghan refugees. If you, your synagogue, or community organization can commit to sponsoring Afghan refugees, then we urge you to apply for a microgrant of up to $5,000 per family. For details about the microgrant program, information about forming a host group in Westchester County, or to get involved with WJCI, please browse our website or contact us at info@wjci.org

Are you interested in resettling Afghan refugees but need help raising money? WJCI is awarding matching microgrants in amounts up to $5,000.

WJCI is grateful to UJA-Federation of New York and The Shapiro Foundation for their generosity and support.


WJCI Executive Committee members will evaluate applications on a rolling basis.


Applications are now open. 


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the need


The Need: Last summer, more than 100,000 Afghans who had provided help and resources to U.S. military forces fled their country and found temporary refuge on U.S. military bases. Approximately ## have found homes in and around the NY metropolitan area, including Westchester County. The remaining 30,000 must be resettled in the next 60 days before they lose their temporary refuge.

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why WJCI


Why WJCI? Now more than ever, we need new, flexible, fast, and creative approaches to welcome the large influx of people who are already on U.S. soil. With generous funding from UJA-Federation of New York and The Shapiro Foundation, WJCI will offer microgrants to help members of our community resettle refugees.

How to get involved


You can resettle a refugee family/individual by forming a Host Group responsible for welcoming newcomers directly to Westchester and providing the  support they need to integrate into the community, including finding them housing, employment, and daily transportation; helping with school enrollment, and  navigating the healthcare system, etc.). Host Groups are critical to helping Afghan refugees  acclimate to their new lives and communities, and achieve financial independence.  In turn, resettling refugees gives community members the opportunity to “welcome the stranger.'' You can aid this effort  without entering the full resettlement process. WCJI will show you how. We can help you. 

we can help you


Synagogues can choose to form a core group of volunteers and independently raise the additional funds they need to resettle Afghan refugees.  Alternatively, WJCI can match you with another synagogue to share fundraising and other e responsibilities. We encourage you to reach out to neighborhood churches, mosques, and secular groups to make this an interfaith effort.



Whether alone or in partnership with others, you will become a “Host Group” which,  through our matchmaking efforts, can recruit enough volunteers.



You will need to raise funds and thanks to our generous funding, we can provide Host Groups with matching microgrants that will boost your fundraising efforts.



We will connect you with one or both of our partners, HIAS and/or IRIS, who are experts  in resettling refugees.  Both agencies will provide you with information and best practices that you will need to get started and move forward to successfully helping refugees become self-sufficient.

employment and housing


Employment & Housing: Through our partnerships with area organizations, clergy and UJA, WJCI will provide you with vital leads for potential employment and housing opportunities.

For more information, please contact info@wjci.org

 To apply for a matching microgrant, click below.