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Grants to Central and Southern New Jersey Nonprofits
to Improve the Quality of Life for Residents

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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OceanFirst Foundation

Deadline Date:

03/01/20 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to central and southern New Jersey nonprofit organizations in eligible communities for projects and programs in the areas of health and wellness, housing, improving the quality of life, and youth development and education. First-time applicants must contact the funding source prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to support communities in which OceanFirst Bank has a business presence.

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 140260

Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests for Major Grants are $5,001 or more.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Major Grant applicants must have tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status with the IRS and be compliant with the State of New Jersey’s charitable registration requirements.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate a significant impact within the OceanFirst market area (see Grant Coverage Areas below).

OceanFirst Foundation cannot provide funding for the following:
- Individuals
- Research
- Organizations not exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
- Religious congregations
- Political causes, candidates, organizations or campaigns
- Organizations whose primary purpose is to influence legislation
- Sports leagues/teams

Pre-Application Information:

Organizations that have not previously received a grant should contact the Foundation to be screened for eligibility.

OceanFirst Foundation utilizes a two-stage process to consider Major Grant requests. In STAGE 1, nonprofit organizations are invited to submit a Letter of Interest to the Foundation via its Grant Request Portal. The deadline to submit an LOI for a 2020 Major Grant through the Grant Request Portal is March 1, 2020 by 5:00 PM EST. Letters of interest submitted via other means including email, postal or express delivery will NOT be accepted.

In STAGE 2, only those organizations invited to apply submit a full proposal via the Grant Request Portal. Organizations participating in STAGE 2 will be provided with further instructions on completing the full proposal process including the additional documentation requirements and deadline. The Foundation’s Major Grant Committee conducts a through review of the full proposals and presents their funding recommendations to the OceanFirst Foundation Board of Directors for consideration and approval. Applicants should expect to receive final notification of grants awarded in June.

Organizations may request one major grant per year.

Overview of the Foundation:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register and submit an LOI online:

Phone: (732) 341-4676

1415 Hooper Ave., Suite 304
Toms River, NJ 08753

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey: Central and Southern New Jersey where OceanFirst Bank operates

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