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Major Grants - General Operating/Flexible Support Grants for 2021

Grants to New Jersey Nonprofits to Support
Programming and Organizational Needs

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OceanFirst Foundation

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Deadline Date:

04/16/21 12:00 PM EST


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Grants of up to $20,000 to New Jersey nonprofit organizations in eligible regions to support programming and organizational needs. First-time applicants must contact the funding source prior to submitting an application. Funding may be used to help maintain programs and essential staff, support administrative infrastructure, office and program supplies, technology, rent, utilities, insurance, financial and organizational capacity, and other essential needs. Eligible organizations are those that serve one or more of the communities within the Foundation's geographic footprint: Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Middlesex (Monroe Township only), Monmouth, and Ocean counties.

OceanFirst Foundation considers requests from nonprofits (501c3) that can demonstrate mission alignment with one or more of the following Funding Priorities.

Funding Priorities

  • Health and Wellness: The Foundation addresses both the health of individuals and local communities by supporting nonprofit medical facilities and related services that provide essential care. OceanFirst Foundation also supports programs and projects that improve access to services, especially for vulnerable populations and the underserved.
  • Improving Quality of Life: Preserving and improving the quality of life for residents of central and southern New Jersey remains a top priority of the Foundation. OceanFirst Foundation supports a wide range of programs that meet the basic needs of families and individuals including food banks, senior services and behavioral health counseling; arts and cultural programs including live theater, music, and museums; as well as programs that preserve and protect our coastal environment.
  • Housing: The Foundation supports a variety of programs including those that help create affordable housing, meet the housing needs of special populations including the disabled and provides support to emergency shelters that assist youth who have been abused, neglected or abandoned and families affected by domestic violence. The Foundation also provides transitional housing and support services that prevent homelessness and increase self-sufficiency.
  • Youth Development and Education: A major focus of the OceanFirst Foundation is to support programs that enrich and improve life options for young people including those that provide education, work skills development, and mentoring; those that provide safe, affordable, supportive places to grow and learn; and programs that improve the health and well being of children.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 140260

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants typically range from $500 up to $20,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofits (501c3) that can demonstrate mission alignment with one or more of our Funding Priorities and that offer programs and services within one or more of the seven counties in OceanFirst Foundation’s New Jersey footprint are eligible to apply.

Do not apply if your organization is a Hospital, College/University, Volunteer Fire/First Aid Squad, Habitat for Humanity or K-12 School. The Foundation periodically offers targeted grant opportunities to these organizations that are by invitation only.

The Foundation does not expect to support non-essential program/service expansions, new capital projects or new capital campaigns in 2021.

In addition, funding cannot be provided for the following:
- Athletic teams, athletic events or sports leagues
- Individuals
- Organizations not exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
- Organizations that are not compliant with the State of New Jersey’s charitable registration requirements
- Political causes, candidates, organizations or campaigns or organizations designed primarily to lobby
- Programs operated by religious organizations for religious purposes. However, the Foundation will consider supporting such organizations provided the programs offered meet a need of the broader community, i.e., soup kitchens, homeless shelters and other social service needs
- Research
- Travel-related requests including student trips and tours

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
- STAGE 1 Letters of Interest must be submitted by March 1, 2021 (12 PM EST).
- STAGE 2 Full Applications (for invited organizations only) must be submitted by April 16, 2021 (12 PM EST).

Inquiries to the Foundation are welcome and nonprofits that have not previously received a grant should call the Foundation at the phone number listed below to be screened before applying.

OceanFirst Foundation utilizes a two-stage application process to consider Major Grant (General Operating/Flexible Support) requests:
- STAGE 1 – Nonprofits are invited to submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) to the Foundation via the Grant Request Portal. Letters of interest submitted via other means including email, postal or express delivery will not be accepted.
- STAGE 2 – Only those nonprofits that are invited to apply, submit a full proposal via the Grant Request Portal.

Organizations that submit a STAGE 1 Letter of Interest will be notified of the decision on their request no later than April 1, 2021. STAGE 2 applicants should expect to be notified of the decision on their request no later than July 15, 2021.

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Contact Information:

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

Submit an LOI online:

Phone: (732) 341-4676

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey: Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Monmouth, Ocean Counties and Monroe Township in Middlesex County

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