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Arts and Cultural Grant

Grants to Central and Southern New Jersey
Nonprofits for Arts and Cultural Programming

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OceanFirst Foundation

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Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 to Central and Southern New Jersey nonprofits for enriching arts and cultural programs that serve the communities in which the funding source does business. First-time applicants must contact the program staff before applying. Funding is intended to promote economic development through developing arts and cultural programming that stimulates tourism.

An enhanced priority for the Foundation this year is supporting partnerships and programs between Arts and Cultural organizations and K-12 schools. A minimum of 50% of the investment in Arts & Cultural organizations in 2018 will be targeted to these efforts.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178855

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Typical grants range from $500 to $5,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Please note that applicant organizations must provide services within the OceanFirst footprint and have 501(c)(3) tax exempt status with the IRS. In addition, applicants should be registered in New Jersey as a charity and perform a certified annual audit if required to do so.

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:

The deadline to apply is February 15, 2018. Organizations that have not previously received a grant from OceanFirst Foundation should first contact the Foundation office to be screened for eligibility.

Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for an Arts & Cultural Grant must submit either electronically or by mail, in one complete package, a summary of programs and events along with any related sponsorship material that outlines giving options. Organizations that have not finalized plans and marketing materials for the current year may send either last year’s information (for repeat programs/events) or a list of anticipated programs with sponsorship levels/pricing.

Organizations that are applying for programs that include a K-12 school focus should also provide a letter of support from partnering districts/schools if available.

The Foundation will then thoroughly review all submissions and make a final decision on grants to be awarded.

Contact Information:

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

Email submissions should be sent to with “Arts & Cultural Grant Submission” in the subject line.

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

(732) 341-4676

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey: Central and Southern regions