Grant Opportunities

The Community Foundation of New Jersey is pleased to share grant opportunities for area non-profit organizations. This list will be updated as opportunities open and close.

Fund for a Just and Equitable Morris County

The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation has established the “Fund for a Just and Equitable Morris County” at CFNJ. The Fund will provide support to organizations in the county working towards the overall vibrancy of the region, prioritizing nonprofit organizations that intentionally serve and support historically underrepresented communities in Morris County.

This new Fund in Morris County will be launched in 2024 as the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation celebrates 50 years of impact as a Foundation. Their goal is to continue to honor the legacy of the Foundation’s benefactor, Mrs. Geraldine R. Dodge, and the Foundation’s long-term commitment to the Morristown area.

Applications will be accepted February 19 through March 15, 2024.

Learn more or apply here.

Somerset Hills

The Somerset Hills Community Health Foundation (SHCHF) seeks to fund projects and programs that promote healthier individuals and communities in Morris and Somerset counties in New Jersey.

Grants are awarded to organizations whose proposals address one or more of the following Foundation priorities:

  • Enable access to health care
    • Provide resources for restoration and maintenance of health (physical, mental & social wellbeing)
  • Foster independent living at an appropriate level based on the individual’s health situation
    • Support programs promoting health and wellness
  • Support healthcare worker availability and employment
    • Promote education and training programs
    • Support programs for workers entering into home care (educational costs, child care, transportation, living stipends)

SHCHF currently has two grant cycles and accepts applications twice a year on October 31st for review in November and January 31st for review in February.

SHCHF is not currently accepting grant applications. Please check back next Fall for information on our next grant cycle.

Please note, SHCHF is committed to promoting healthy individuals and communities in Morris and Somerset counties in New Jersey. To that end, we exclusively fund programs that serve Morris and Somerset counties in New Jersey. If your program serves multiple counties, we request that you have the capacity to carve out and specifically track the services you provide in these two counties. If you do not currently have that capacity, we respectfully request that you seek other sources of funding.

Organizations interested in submitting a proposal for consideration may contact Lydia Gracey at lgracey@cfnj.org.

Please find more information on SHCHF’s website.

RSI Foundation

Created from the merger between Columbia Bank and RSI Bank in 2022, the RSI Foundation’s purpose is to continue the tradition of community giving that was critical to RSI Bank.

RSI Foundation works together with Columbia Bank, Columbia Bank Foundation, community organizations and other charitable foundations to make a difference in the communities formerly served by RSI Bank.

Our philanthropic work is based in two areas of focus:

  1. Partnering with marginalized populations. We partner with groups helping those who may be unable to meet their basic needs due to physical, mental, economic, or social circumstances or constraints.
  2. Improving neighborhood quality of life. We support organizations, projects and initiatives that contribute to the health, happiness and well-being of people who live within the community.

 

Grant Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicant organization is a tax-exempt charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, government agency, or religious institution
  • Applicant organization is in good standing with the IRS Applicant organization has been in operation for at least one year
  • Applicant organization demonstrates a need for private financial support
  • Program or project demonstrates impact in the Foundation’s geographic area of focus (Rahway, NJ and/or the surrounding communities in Union and Middlesex Counties)
  • Program or project has direct relevance to the Foundation’s areas of focus (see Our Focus Areas on our website)

Grant awards typically range between $2,500 – $25,000. Larger or smaller grant amounts may be considered by the Board but limited based on available funding. If you have any questions about this program, please contact Lydia Gracey at lgracey@cfnj.org.

RSI Foundation is not currently accepting grant applications. Please check back next year for information on our next grant cycle. 

Please find more information on RSI’s website.

Young Artists & Musicians

The Community Foundation of New Jersey is pleased to announce the opening of the 2023 grant cycle for young artists and musicians. This year’s applications are open for organizations in Sussex, Warren and Bergen counties in New Jersey that assist in the development and encouragement of young artists and musicians.

Grant awards will range between $5,000 – $25,000. Larger or smaller grant amounts may be considered by the review committee but limited based on available funding. 

If you would like to discuss your application with a member of the Community Foundation of New Jersey staff, please call 973-828-2949 and ask to speak with Nalune Francois. To connect via e-mail, please send a message to nfrancois@cfnj.org.

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Vision Health

The Community Foundation of New Jersey is pleased to announce the opening of the 2023 grant cycle for Vision Health. This year’s applications are open for organizations in Middlesex, Somerset and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey that provide general vision care and assistance for the blind.

Grant awards will range between $5,000 – $25,000. Larger or smaller grant amounts may be considered by the review committee but limited based on available funding. 

If you would like to discuss your application with a member of the Community Foundation of New Jersey staff, please call 973-828-2949 and ask to speak with Nalune Francois. To connect via e-mail, please send a message to nfrancois@cfnj.org.

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Great Companions

This application is open to non-profit organizations that support companion animals. Companion animals are animals who share our homes and lives and who have a close daily relationship with us. This primarily includes dogs, cats, and horses, but we will consider grant applications for other animals on a case-by-case basis. This year we awarded 14 grants ranging from $2,000-$5,00, and we anticipate awarding a similar number next year. Larger grant requests will be considered at the discretion of the ​grant review team. If you have any questions about this program, please contact Lydia Gracey at lgracey@cfnj.org.

The Great Companions fund typically accepts applications for grant requests from mid-July to mid-August. Please check back next summer for information on our next grant cycle.

Please find more information on the Great Companion Fund’s website.