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Social Innovation Special Projects (SISP)

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

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

Deadline Date:

05/01/19 4:59 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to New Jersey faith-based and community organizations for social services that address the needs of low-income residents. Funding is intended for civic and community engagement, substance abuse recovery programs, homework and tutoring assistance, and services for seniors. The mission of the Fund 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 to create and implement innovative approaches that are designed for community and economic transformation.

Focus Areas:

Substance Abuse Recovery Support: The Substance Recovery Support Services grant is designed to assist low income individuals to recover from the disease of addiction. The age for program participants is from 10 years – 85 years. Organization’s applying for this grant category will measure the following:
- The number of unduplicated clients that stay clean/sober for 30 days, 60 days, 90 days, 6 months, 9 months and 1 year;
- How many have found permanent employment;
- How many remained in school;
- How many have secured permanent housing?

Civic and Community Engagement: Organization’s applying for this category must develop programs that educate community residents on how to effectively work with local government in addressing a social and/or community issue(s). The age for program participants is from 7 years – 85 years. Program participants should be introduced to their local and state officials, attend city council meetings and get an appreciation on how government is actually created to serve the public. Programs should show residents 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 local publicly elected leaders.

Tutoring and Homework Assistance Program: The Tutoring and Homework Assistance Program is designed to focus on the academic needs of students and harness the energies of tutors to assist program participants in completing their homework and/or other school assignments. The age range is from 5 years - 85 years. Programs applying for this funding category should be mindful to indicate how the program participants improved their grades in math, reading and science.

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 well-being of older individuals by providing appropriate senior services. Funds can be used to provide the following programs and services:
- Access to affordable health care and continued participation in a health care program;
- Translation and interpretation services;
- Meals;
- Wellness and fitness;
- Fraud prevention;
- Transportation services;
- Assist in accessing affordable housing.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185508

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum request for special project is $10,000.

Term of Contract:

OFBI funding period is from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

Organization’s applying for Tutoring and Home Assistance funding must have homework assistance and tutorial programming scheduled to start no later than October 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant must:
- Provide proof of agency budget. Agency overall budget cannot exceed $1,000,000.
- Be a faith-based non-profit and/or community-based organization;
- Be tax-exempt by determination of the Internal Revenue Service in accordance with Section 501(c)3;
- Be registered with the Department of Treasury, Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services;
- Be in good standing with the Department of Treasury, Business Service Center;
- Be in compliance with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, Charitable Registration and Investigation Section.

Applicants must assure that all programs are linguistically appropriate and culturally relevant to groups within the community. Appropriate accommodations for services will be developed and maintained for those individuals who are deprived of reasonable access to those services due to language barriers or ethnic and cultural differences. All programs and services must be reflective of the demographic needs of the community, while providing all people the opportunity to experience any and all available services irrespective of their ethnic or cultural heritage.

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

Funds may not be used to build an organization’s capacity to provide programs or services that include inherently religious activities. If a recipient provides programs or services that include inherently religious activities, such activities must be separate in time or location from the programs or services that the organization is seeking to improve through this grant.

Pre-proposal Conference:

To view the NJ OFBI FY2020 Social Innovation Special Projects (SISP) Recorded Training Webinar, register here:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by May 1, 2019 at 4:59 PM.

Applications are submitted to the OFBI on the System for Administering Grants Electronically (SAGE) and reviewed by an outside independent panel.

All funding recipients are required to attend technical assistance and training sessions scheduled throughout the fiscal year as coordinated by the New Jersey Department of State Office of Faithbased Initiatives and/or its training intermediary.

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.

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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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NJ Office of Faith Based Initiatives
P.O. Box 456
Trenton, New Jersey 08625
Tel: (609) 984-6952
Fax: (609) 633-7141

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey