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Community Employment Grant

Grants to New Jersey Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies
for 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, universities, and government agencies for programs and projects that promote increased employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Areas of focus for this program 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 the Foundation's 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#: 179431

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding ranges from $25,000 to $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Community Employment grants are awarded for one year. The grant period is from October 1, 2018 - September 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any organization with a focus on employment and disability may apply for funding. 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 nonprofit agencies, public or private schools, and public institutions, such as universities and governmental entities.

Applications will be accepted from non-New Jersey based groups as long as the proposed grant project is based in New Jersey and serves New Jersey residents.

Kessler Foundation will not fund projects that discriminate in hiring staff or providing services on basis of race, gender, religion, marital status, gender orientation, age, or national origin. Organizations employing a large number of staff members self-identifying as having a disability will be scored higher.

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 p.m. ET
Grant Approval: September 14, 2018

The application process, from submission deadline to final approval, takes approximately seven months.

Applicants must establish a user ID and password to view the eligibility quiz. Upon passing the quiz, applicants are directed to the application instructions requirement page with access to the budget templates.
Please Note: The full proposal is not accessible unless the eligibility quiz is passed.

Organizations may apply for indirect cost expenses up to 8% in their project budgets.


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