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Project ATLAS

Grants to New Jersey Faith or Community Based Organizations
for Capacity Development and Technical Assistance

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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- or community-based organizations for capacity development and technical assistance. Funding is intended to strengthen organizations that offer high-quality social services to low-income residents. Applicants must be willing to actively participate in required training and technical assistance sessions.

Capacity building may be defined as “your organization’s ability to identify and prioritize its development goals and achieve specific improvements that help you more effectively fulfill your mission.” Sustainability, which results from ongoing capacity building, is the long term stability and viability of your organization in the community.

Project ATLAS applicants will establish “high performing work teams,” referred to as Project ATLAS Leadership teams that work with an experienced capacity-building coach to improve FBCO sustainability. A high-performing work team is a group of individuals who work interdependently to perform effectively and achieve common goals with each member sharing 100% responsibility for success.

Specific examples of Project ATLAS’ capacity building and sustainability activities, customized to the specific needs of each organization, are:
- Developing effective boards and board governance processes;
- Building the skills and stewardship abilities of executive leaders ;
- Developing and implementing long-term strategic plans;
- Enhancing technological capacity;
- Building partnerships and collaborations with other community organizations; and
- Learning how to evaluate, document and improve the outcomes and impact of services.

Eligible expenses for grantees will be aligned with the developmental needs of the organization as guided by the Sustainability Assessment and are limited to the following four categories:
- Leadership Development
- Organizational Development
- Program Development
- Community Engagement

For additional information about these categories, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185509

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests may not exceed $10,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All not-for-profit faith based and community organizations that document a history of providing social services to New Jersey residents are eligible to apply.

Eligibility Requirements:
- Applicants must be a Faith and/or Community-Based Organization serving low income residents;
- The organization’s budget must be between $0 - $10,000;
- Applicants must be in standing with the NJ Dept. of Treasury Business Service Center ;
- Applicant organizations must have been in existence for one (1) year or more;
- Applicants must have an active board of directors or advisory board who have met at least once in the past year;
- Organizations must include a street address where meetings are held and services provided;
- Provides direct services or is in a collaboration of organizations that provide services specifically based on a community and/or county wide needs assessment.

Organizations applying for Project ATLAS cannot apply for other (Social Innovation | Social Innovation Special Projects) OFBI FY’20 funding opportunities.

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Pre-proposal Conference:

An Atlas (PA) Training Webinar took place on March 20, 10 AM - 12:00 PM.

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Pre-Application Information:

The proposal is to be submitted via the Department of State - System for Filing Grants Electronically (SAGE) no later than 4:59 PM, May 1st, 2019.

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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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For DCA SAGE site technical assistance, contact the help desk at

Kyesha Harris

Cynthia Fentress

Cathy Hawn, Office Administrator
Center for Non-Profit
3635 Quakerbridge Road, Suite 35
Mercerville, NJ 08619

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey