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Grants to New Jersey Faith-Based and Community Organizations for
Social Services that Address the Needs of Low-Income Individuals

Special Projects Grant

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New Jersey Department of State (DOS) - New Jersey Office of Faith Based Initiatives (OFBI)

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05/26/22 4:59 PM


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Grants to New Jersey nonprofit faith- and community-based organizations for services that address the needs of low-income individuals. Funding is intended for senior services, academic assistance for students, nutritional support, and civic and community engagement activities.

The mission of the New Jersey Office of Faith Based Initiatives (OFBI) is to eliminate barriers to funding and other resource opportunities, create greater access for partnership and enhance the capacity of faith and community-based organizations (FBCOs) to create and implement innovative approaches that are designed for community and economic transformation.

Funding Categories:

  • Civic and Community Engagement: Civic and Community Engagement program is designed to support organizations whose mission is to educate community residents on how to effectively work with local government in addressing a social and/or community issue(s). Program designs can include but not be limited to: Civic training workshops, Immigration and Naturalization services, etc. The program should work with community residents on how to advocate for themselves in using government to create progress in their local community. The project design should indicate quarterly community events that culminate in successfully and collectively addressing a community or social issue with the help of their locally elected leaders. 
  • Tutoring and Homework Assistance Program: The Tutoring and Homework Assistance Program is designed to support organizations that provide academic support to students whose age does not exceed 21 years of age. Programs applying for this funding category should be mindful to indicate how the program participants improved their grades in math, reading and science. 
  • Food Security:  The food security program supports locally based faith and community based organizations whose mission is to decrease food insecurity for low-income individuals, families, and the most vulnerable. 
  • Services to Seniors: The Services to Seniors grant is designed to provide activities and services that promote aging in place, prevent isolation, and maintain or improve the quality of life of low-income seniors in the community. The age range for program participants is from 55 years to 100 years. The goal is to prevent, maintain or improve the physical, psychological, and social wellbeing of older individuals by providing appropriate senior services. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185508

Estimated Size of Grant:

Civic and Community Engagement: Maximum request: $15,000; total funding: $85,000
Tutoring and Homework Assistance: Maximum request: $15,000; total funding: $100,000
Food Security: Maximum request: $15,000; total funding: $200,000
Services to Seniors: Maximum request: $15,000; total funding: $100,000

Term of Contract:

Funding period is from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023.

Tutoring and Homework Assistance Program: Organizations applying for this funding must have homework assistance and tutorial programming scheduled to start no later than October 1, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant must:
• Applicants must be a non-profit Faith and/or Community-Based Organization serving low-income residents;
• Applicants must be tax-exempt by determination of the Internal Revenue Service in accordance with Section 501(c)(3) and upload their IRS Determination Letter that states that the organization is created for charitable purposes and not for religious purposes;
• Applicants must be registered with the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs and have a valid Charity Registration Number and be IN COMPLIANCE with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, Charitable Registration and Investigation Section
• Be registered with the NJ Department of Treasury - Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services and must have a valid Business Revenue Number;
• Be IN GOOD STANDING with the Department of Treasury - Business Service Center
• Applicants must have their Certificate of Incorporation.

Ineligible Applicants:
• Houses of Worship;
• Colleges/Universities;
• Public schools, charter schools, or private schools;

For Restrictions and Limitations, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

Technical Assistance Webinars
The OFBI has scheduled a series of grant specific Zoom training and technical assistance webinars that will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to register in Blue SAGE, Organization Information, Accessing the Application, & Introduction to Logic Modeling. These sessions are designed to answer questions you might have regarding the OFBI grant guidelines and the application process.

The sessions will also be streamed live on OFBI Facebook page:

March 15, 2022 2:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Special Projects Training:

Pre-Application Information:

The proposal is to be submitted via the Department of State – System Administering Grants Electronically (SAGE) no later than May 26, 2022 @ 4:59pm.

- Organizations applying for a Special Projects Grant can only apply for one funding category under Special Projects;
- Organizations applying for a Special Projects Grant can also apply for one funding category under Social Innovation.

Contact Information:

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


New Jersey Office of Faith Based Initiatives (NJOFBI)
Phone: 609-984-6952

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