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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 (NJOFBI)

Deadline Date:

04/30/20 4:59 PM


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Grants to New Jersey community-based organizations and faith-based nonprofits for innovative programs that benefit low-income populations. Funding may be used to support social service 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 (NJOFBI) 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 five 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 2021.

Youth Entrepreneurship: This 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, and/or Arts, and Math (STEM) or (STEAM): The STE(A)M grant will create opportunities for at risk youth to creatively explore career pathways in STE(A)M fields. The goal is to provide high-quality STE(A)M programming that encourages students to incorporate STE(A)M learning in their everyday lives, academic careers and professional endeavors by providing hands-on experience and education in low income communities. 

For more information on STEAM grants, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162550

Estimated Size of Grant:

College Readiness: Maximum request: $25,000; total funding: $170,000
Youth Entrepreneurship: Maximum request: $20,000; total funding: $100,000
STEAM: Maximum request: $25,000; total funding: $320,000

Term of Contract:

OFBI funding period is from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant must:

- Be a faith-based non-profit and/or community-based organization;
- Be tax-exempt by determination of the Internal Revenue Service in accordance with Section 501( c )3;
- Be registered with the Department of Treasury, Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services;
- Be in good standing with the Department of Treasury, Business Service Center;
- Be in compliance with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, Charitable Registration and Investigation Section;

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:

January 22, 2020
Technical Assistance Webinar
12:00 p.m.

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Pre-Application Information:

Application Due Date: April 30, 2020 at 4:59 PM.

The SI grants supports social services targeting individuals that are low income. To determine the income limits for your county click this link:

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For help with applying contact the SAGE help desk:

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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USA: New Jersey

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