Panasonic Launches Challenge Grant to Advance STEAM Education Programs in New Jersey

September 14, 2023

Panasonic today announced the Panasonic Foundation is teaming up with the Community Foundation of New Jersey (CFNJ) to launch the Panasonic Challenge Grant, presenting an opportunity to the community of Newark, NJ to close the gap between future tech jobs and education in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM).

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The Panasonic Challenge Grant will provide funding to four (4) select nonprofit partners at a funding level of $25,000 each to support advanced STEAM education programs with the goal of improving education and workforce outcomes for Newark students.

“At Panasonic, we know that robust STEAM education is the key to better career opportunities and, ultimately, more personal growth, innovation, and contributions to the technology sector,” said Alejandra Ceja, Vice President of Social Impact and Inclusion at Panasonic. “Closing the access gap, particularly in communities where STEAM education is not as comprehensive, is mission critical. We are excited for what is ahead in this space.”

The Panasonic Challenge Grant will target four main areas: Engineering, Math, and Arts programming, including teacher professional development and training; Social and Emotional Learning; historically underserved populations; and Title I schools.

“It is our privilege to steward the Panasonic Challenge Grant, given the need in our communities and the interest among philanthropic-minded New Jerseyans to drive meaningful change,” said Aaron Turner, Chief Philanthropic Officer at CFNJ.  “New Jersey is indeed the Innovation State, and this philanthropic program meets that charge.”

The application will open to nonprofits on October 2, 2023, with an application deadline of November 3, 2023. An announcement of awardees is expected no later than January of 2024.

For additional information, please contact Nalune Francois at the Community Foundation of New Jersey at (973) 267-5533 or

About the Community Foundation of New Jersey

The Community Foundation of New Jersey creates and scales custom solutions for purpose-driven individuals, families, and businesses. From creative projects that tackle critical societal or policy issues to scholarship funds, corporate philanthropy, legacy funds and donor advised funds, CFNJ manages nearly every kind of giving vehicle and tailors solutions to meet critical needs. CFNJ’s team of specialists understand the unique contours of communities and manage the scope of CFNJ investment and grantmaking capabilities with precision. With $725 million in assets, the Community Foundation grants tens of millions of dollars each year through its more than 1,100 funds. In 2022, CFNJ granted more than $150 million to nonprofits in New Jersey and beyond.

About the Panasonic Foundation

The Panasonic Foundation is devoted to increasing educational opportunities for disadvantaged students through strategic philanthropic investments in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM). Our local and national mission is an extension of our core principles. We are dedicated to supporting efforts that advance educational excellence. Follow the work of the Panasonic Foundation on Instagram @Panasonic and on Twitter @Panasonic.

About Panasonic Corporation of North America

Newark, NJ-based Panasonic Corporation of North America is a leading provider of Consumer Lifestyle technologies, as well as innovative Smart Mobility, Sustainable Energy, Immersive Experiences, and Integrated Supply Chain solutions for its business and government clients. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Holdings Corporation. One of Interbrand’s Top 100 Best Global Brands of 2022, Panasonic is a leading technology partner and integrator to businesses, government agencies and consumers across the region. Learn more about Panasonic’s ideas and innovations at