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Community Employment Grant

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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Kessler Foundation

Deadline Date:

04/09/18 5:00 PM ET


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Grants ranging from $25,000 to $50,000 to New Jersey nonprofits, public and private schools, IHEs, and public agencies for programs and projects that help local citizens with disabilities obtain and retain jobs and advance in their careers. Funding is intended to support employment solutions that increase employment and career outcomes for New Jersey citizens with disabilities.

Focus areas include transition-to-work for youth and adults, employment-related transportation issues, vocational training, workplace preparation, and strategies to support recruitment, hiring, placement, and retention. Other related projects or programs may be considered at the discretion of Foundation Trustees. It is important to have a plan for sustaining a funded project beyond the grant period, if the proposed project will be ongoing. Additionally, Kessler is interested in knowing how the grant will be judged effective at the end of the grant period.

Any organization with a focus on employment and disability may apply for funding. The Foundation strongly believes that through investing and promoting employment models that are inclusive, all individuals with disabilities gain economic stability and security.

Please note, organizations employing a large number of staff members self-identifying as having a disability will be scored higher.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179430

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding ranges from $25,000 - $50,000. Organizations may apply for indirect cost expenses up to 8% in their project budgets. There is no matching grant requirement.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is from October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019.

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.

The Foundation will accept applications from non-NJ based groups as long as the proposed grant project is based in NJ and serve NJ residents.

Kessler Foundation will not fund projects that discriminate in hiring staff or providing services on basis of race, gender, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, age, or national origin.

Community Employment Grants do not support:

- Grants to individuals
- Grants to underwrite fundraising events, such as benefits, dinners or theater events, ticket purchases, advertising, etc.
- Scholarship funds
- Deficit reduction or loans
- International organizations or causes

Pre-Application Information:


- Grant Application Deadline: April 9, 2018 at 5:00 PM ET
- The application process, from submission deadline to final approval, takes approximately seven months.
- Grant Approval: September 14, 2018
- 2018 Community Employment Grants will be awarded on September 15, 2018.

Application Instructions:
Applications are submitted online (see Contact Information below). Select 'Apply Now' to establish a user ID and password to view the eligibility quiz. Upon passing the quiz, you are directed to the application instructions requirement page with access to the budget templates. The full proposal is not accessible unless the eligibility quiz is passed.

Contact Information:

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey