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for Capacity Development and Technical Assistance

Project ATLAS 2.0 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 to expand organizational capacity. Funding is intended for capacity development, coaching, and technical assistance. The purpose of this program is to strengthen organizations that offer high-quality social services to low-income individuals in the state.

The New Jersey Department of State, Office of Faith Based Initiatives (OFBI), is soliciting applications for Project ATLAS a capacity building program designed to build the sustainability of faith and community based organizations (FBCOs). The purpose of Project ATLAS is to provide capacity building grants, technical assistance and customized coaching, identified by the OFBI that will strengthen the viability and capacity of participating FBCOs to provide quality social services to the community as specified in this announcement.

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, identified by the NJ OFBI, 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.

The proposed approach will ensure that funds are matched to the developmental needs and funding levels of the organization. A minimum of 50 percent of training and technical assistance to grantees will be in the form of direct and individualized technical assistance to address the identified priority needs of the nonprofit organization (i.e., “one-on-one” assistance to the organizations leadership, key staff, and/or board). The estimated number of hours for customized technical assistance and capacity building will equal or exceed the number of hours of training.

For Eligible Budget Expenses, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 185509

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests may not exceed $15,000. Actual funding levels will depend on the availability of funds.

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Criteria
- Applicants must be a Faith and/or Community-Based Organization serving low income residents;
- The organization’s budget must be between $0 - $100,000;
- Applicants must have their IRS 501 ( c ) 3 determination letter;
- Applicants must be registered with the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs and have a valid charity registration number;
- Applicants must be registered with the NJ Dept. of Treasury Business Service Center and must have a valid business revenue number;
- Applicants must have their certificate of Incorporation;
- 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 be willing to actively participate in mandatory training and technical assistance sessions;
- Provides direct services or is in a collaboration with other organizations that provide services specifically based on a community and/or county wide needs assessment.

Ineligible Applicants:
- Houses of Worship;

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:

Project ATLAS Technical Assistance Training
March 14, 2022 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

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 that received a Project ATLAS Grant in FY21 or FY22 cannot apply for Project ATLAS in FY23

Matching funds are not required.

The Readiness Assessment is an important part of your Project ATLAS proposal.

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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USA: New Jersey

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