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Community Employment Grant

Grants to New Jersey Nonprofits, Schools, Agencies, and IHEs to
Support Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

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Kessler Foundation

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Grants of up to $40,000 to New Jersey nonprofit organizations, schools, government agencies, and IHEs to support employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Funding is intended to support, train, and place people with disabilities in full or part-time employment.

The Kessler Foundation's Community Employment Grants enables New Jersey organizations to support, train and place people with disabilities in competitive-integrated-employment. Individuals with disabilities are more likely to be unemployed, work fewer hours, earn less and live in poverty. By working full or part-time, often with training and support, many people can find meaningful employment and reap the benefits of greater independence, financial security and self esteem. Having a job creates a sustainable pathway to a better economic future. 

The foundation looks for projects that increase employment opportunities and career advancement for New Jersey Citizens with disabilities. Grants support a wide array of programs including transition-to-work for youth and adults, employment-related transportation solutions, vocational training, workplace preparation, and strategies to support recruitment, hiring, placement, and retention. Other related programs may be funded at the discretion of the foundation's Trustees.

Organizations employing a large number of staff members self-identifying as having a disability are scored higher.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179430

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding ranges from $25,000 - $40,000.

Term of Contract:

Community Employment Grants are awarded for one year. Grant period: May 2021 - April 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any organization that serves New Jersey residents and is recognized as a tax-exempt entity according to the Internal Revenue Code may apply for funding. This includes non-profit agencies, public or private schools, and public institutions, such as universities and governmental entities (state, local, federal) based in the United States or any of its territories. Kessler Foundation will not fund projects that discriminate in hiring staff or providing services on basis of race, gender, religion, marital status, sexual orientation or national origin.

The foundation accepts applications from non-New Jersey based groups for projects based in New Jersey and serving local residents.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline to apply is February 26, 2021.

Grant applications are screened and reviewed by staff and Grants Committee. All grants recommended for funding are subsequently approved by the Board of Trustees and are awarded in May 2021 for the grant period May 2021 - April 2022. Final grant selection is at the discretion of Kessler Foundation. The application process from submission deadline to final approval takes approximately 3 months.

Organizations may apply for indirect cost expenses up to 8% in their project budgets. There is no matching grant requirement.


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

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East Hanover Campus
120 Eagle Rock Avenue
East Hanover, NJ 07936-3147

West Orange Campus
1199 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange, NJ 07052-1424

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