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Social Innovation (SI) Grant

Grants to New Jersey Community and Faith-Based Organizations
for Programs that Benefit Low-Income Populations

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New Jersey Department of State (DOS) - New Jersey Office of Faith Based Initiatives (OFBI)

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05/26/21 4:59 PM


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Grants of up to $20,000 to New Jersey community-based and faith-based nonprofit organizations for creative and original programs that benefit low-income populations. Funding is intended for programs that encourage youth entrepreneurship, increase access to higher education opportunities, and explore potential career opportunities in STEAM fields.

The mission of the New Jersey Office of Faith Based Initiatives (OFBI) is to eliminate barriers to funding and other resource opportunities, create greater access for partnership and enhance the capacity of faith and community-based organizations (FBCOs) to create and implement innovative approaches that are designed for community and economic transformation.

Eligible programs:

College Readiness Program: The College Readiness grant is designed to create greater access to college targeting the ages between 16 years and 65 years. Funding can be used but not limited to subsidizing a minimum of 5 college applications fees, college acceptance fees, coordinating college tours, and completion of the students FAFSA application. The project must report on how many college applications were submitted, how many program participants were accepted and how many will be entering college in the Spring and/or Fall of 2022. 

Youth Entrepreneurship: The Youth Entrepreneurship grant is designed to develop skills and strategies that equip youth that attend middle school or high school. The goal is to promote entrepreneurial literacy among at-risk youth and to help each start his/her own business. OFBI funds can be used to provide start-up capital (cannot exceed $500 per business idea). The organization will steward the startup capital for program participants. Organizations applying for this grant must indicate in the application which existing youth entrepreneurship curriculum will be used and why was it chosen.

Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM): The STEM grant will create opportunities for at-risk youth to creatively explore career pathways in STEM fields. The goal is to provide high-quality STEM programming that encourages students to incorporate STEM learning in their everyday lives, academic careers and professional endeavors by providing hands-on experience and education in low-income communities. Organization applying for this grant must use relevant, real-world applications of STEM content and involve professionals within the STEM fields as part of the program delivery. Activities may include but are not limited to fashion design, arts, coding, robotics, astronomy, STEM conferences and gaming, etc.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162550

Estimated Size of Grant:

College Readiness: Maximum request: $20,000; total funding: $140,000
Youth Entrepreneurship: Maximum request: $20,000; total funding: $120,000
STEAM: Maximum request: $20,000; total funding: $140,000

Term of Contract:

Funding period is from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant must:
- Applicants must be a non-profit Faith and/or Community-Based Organization serving low-income residents;
- Applicants must be tax-exempt by determination of the Internal Revenue Service in accordance with Section 501(c)(3) and upload their IRS Determination Letter that states that the organization is created for charitable purposes and not for religious purposes;
- Applicants must be registered with the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs and have a valid Charity Registration Number and be in compliance with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, Charitable Registration and Investigation Section
- Be registered with the NJ Department of Treasury - Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services and must have a valid Business Revenue Number;
- Be in good standing with the Department of Treasury - Business Service Center
- Applicants must have their Certificate of Incorporation.

Organizations applying for a Social Innovation Grant can only apply for one funding category under Social Innovation; Organizations applying for a Social Innovation Grant can also apply for one funding category under Special Projects.

Ineligible Applicants:
- Houses of Worship;
- Colleges/Universities;
- Public schools, charter schools, or private schools.

Paying for organized fundraising or solicitation, construction and purchase of real property, medical/healthrelated activities or items are ineligible costs and will not be approved.

Funds may not be used to build an organization’s capacity to provide programs or services that include inherently religious activities. If a recipient provides programs or services that include inherently religious activities, such activities must be separate in time or location from the programs or services that the organization is seeking to improve through this grant.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Technical Assistance Training webinar will be held March 19, 2021 from 12:00-1:00 PM.

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Pre-Application Information:

Application Due Date: May 26, 2021 at 4:59 PM

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

NJ Office of Faith Based Initiatives
P.O. Box 456
Trenton, New Jersey 08625
Tel: (609) 984-6952
Fax: (609) 633-7141

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