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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:

04/08/19 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 solutions that increase employment and career outcomes for New Jersey citizens with disabilities.

Rates of unemployment and under-employment are unacceptably high among people with disabilities in New Jersey. 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 enhances social interactions and acceptance in the community, which contribute to a better quality of life. Through employment, individuals with disabilities have a sustainable pathway to a better economic future.

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 grant 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.

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.

Term of Contract:

Community Employment grants are awarded for one year. The grant period is October 1, 2019 - September 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any organization with a focus on employment and disability 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.

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

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
- Any vehicle purchase, such as cars, vans, trucks or buses
- 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
- Lobbying activities

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Application Deadline: April 8, 2019 at 5:00 PM ET
2019 Community Employment Grants will be awarded on September 13, 2019.

There is no matching grant requirement.


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