Funding Opportunities

Past funding opportunities are left up on this page, for reference. Many funders run on an annual cycle or will have other opportunities to explore. If you are funder who would like to be included in the following list, please contact the Center directly.

Grant opportunities are listed in rough chronological order, depending on what time of year applications are typically due.

The Foundation Center's Foundation Directory Online (FDO) can be accessed in person at several locations in New Jersey. Look up your nearest location using their Funding Information Network location tool.


Policies for a Healthier, More Equitable New Jersey

Grantor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
: $2.55 million total (Up to 3 “policy change awards” of up to $500,000 each; Up to 6 “policy field-building awards” of up to $175,000 each) 
: January 14, 2020

 Achieving health equity through public policies is the focus of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) report, A Policy Roadmap to Help All New Jerseyans Live Their Healthiest Lives, which recommends a comprehensive series of actions that will help to close health gaps, broaden opportunity, and ensure that everyone in New Jersey—no matter who they are, where they live, or how much money they make—can live the healthiest life possible. To advance the report’s statewide policy recommendations, RWJF will fund projects that align with the report’s policy priorities and work towards removing barriers to better health in New Jersey.

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Incubation & Action Grants

Grantor: New Jersey Council on Humanities
: $1,000 - $20,000
: Various

New Jersey Council on Humanities (NJCH) grants fund the development of meaningful humanities projects for New Jersey audiences. These projects demonstrate an awareness of the needs and interests of your audience and offer an opportunity for community members to explore our shared history, culture, values, and beliefs. NJCH welcomes applications from libraries, museums, educational institutions, social service organizations, historical societies, cultural organizations, and other community organizations. Larger organizations, such as colleges and universities, will need to demonstrate meaningful public engagement beyond the confines of the institution to have a competitive proposal.

Incubation Grants ($1,000 - $5000) - Awarded twice per year, Incubation Grants support projects that are in development. Whether you are planning a new endeavor or re-imagining an existing program, these grants support the thoughtful preparation of a program before implementation.

Action Grants ($2,000 - $20,000) – Awarded once per year, Action Grants support the implementation of new projects or expand existing programs. The most competitive applications describe audience needs and propose ways to address them through the humanities.

For additional information, contact NJCH or 609.695.4838, ext. 221.


Southern New Jersey Grants

Grantor: New Jersey Community Capital (NJCC)
: Up to $100,000
: Rolling Basis

New Jersey Community Capital (NJCC), through its THRIVE South Jersey initiative, will be granting up to $100,000 in 2017 to support targeted community revitalization projects that will help enhance the impact of community-based organizations in achieving their community development missions.
THRIVE South Jersey works to expand local and regional capacity to generate economic growth in the targeted region of Southern New Jersey that includes Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem and Western Atlantic counties. Through a combination of strategic funding and capacity building, THRIVE South Jersey seeks to support organizations fostering community revitalization activities that will generate jobs and sustain low-income families in the four county region.

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New Jersey Health Initiatives Grants

Grantor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's New Jersey Health Initiatives
Range: Up to $200,000
Deadline: January
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Upstream Action Acceleration
: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's New Jersey Health Initiatives
Range: Up to $50,000
Deadline: March
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Lower Delaware River Wild & Scenic (LDWS) Mini-Grants

Grantor: Lower Delaware Wild & Scenic River Management Council
Range: $1,000-$2,000 (Higher Amounts Will Be Considered)
Deadline: February

Eligible entities include communities or their appointed committees, schools, and community or nonprofit organizations operating in the watershed.

Questions can be directed to

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Social Justice Grants

Grantor: Public Welfare Foundation
Range: $500,000 to $1,000,000
Deadlines: February and June

The Public Welfare Foundation supports efforts to advance justice and opportunity for people in need. The Foundation looks for strategic points where its funds can make a significant difference and improve lives through policy and system reform that results in transformative change. The Foundation focuses on three program areas: Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice and Workers’ Rights.

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Grants for Non-Profits providing services in Eastern Bergen County, NJ

Grantor: The Community Chest
Range: Maximum $20,000
Deadline: March

With the motto "Neighbors Helping Neighbors", The Community Chest's mission is to lead initiatives and support non-profits that make communities stronger and benefit the people of eastern Bergen County, NJ.  Through the Annual Grants initiative, The Chest supports eligible non-profit organizations with program funding or general operating expenses.  Priority consideration is given to proposals supporting the quality of public education in The Chest's service area and enhancing the quality of life for local senior citizens.

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Central and South Jersey Grants


Grantor: OceanFirst Foundation
Up to $5,000 Good Neighbor Grants and $5,000+ Major Grants
March for grants larger than $5,000, otherwise on a rolling basis


Since its founding in 1902, OceanFirst Bank has built a solid reputation and legacy as a good neighbor and responsible corporate citizen. The Bank’s strong commitment to helping families, organizations, schools and communities throughout central and southern New Jersey meet their financial needs has spanned several generations reaching new heights in 1996 with the creation of OceanFirst Foundation.



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Atlantic City Community Fund
Range: $500 - $5,000
Deadline: 2019 applications by April 1, 2019

The mission of the Atlantic City Community Fund (ACCF) is to foster private giving, strengthen service providers and improve the conditions of the City of Atlantic City. To these ends, ACCF will promote endowment building, community grantmaking, organizational collaboration, and public leadership for the benefit of all of Atlantic City's stakeholders. ACCF funds both general operating support and project support for activities within Atlantic City (AC) that improve the conditions and quality of life for all who live, work and play in AC. A wide variety of organizational missions and projects will be considered for funding but every project supported by ACCF will need to demonstrate that it will enhance the community.

See areas of giving and grant guidelines.





Greater Mercer Grants

Grantor: Princeton Area Community Foundation
: Up to $50,000
: March and September

Greater Mercer Grants is a competitive program benefiting residents of Mercer County, New Jersey. The Community Foundation incorporates social justice into its grantmaking by supporting programs and organizations that strive to create opportunity for and with people with the fewest societal resources. We seek to build the strength and capacity of communities, and bring about lasting change over time by both meeting immediate needs and investing in programs and organizations for long term impact. 

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Major Grants Available for Eligible Organizations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania

Grantor: Provident Bank Foundation
: $5,000 - $25,000
Deadline: May

The Provident Bank Foundation’s Major Grants emphasizes support of sustainable community enhancement and short-term change, addressing one or more of the foundation’s funding priority areas—Community Enrichment, Education, and Health, Youth & Families. These programs are typically more structured and robust than those supported through the foundation’s Community Grants.

Contact or 862-260-3990 for more information.


Monmouth County Grants

Grantor: Impact 100 Jersey Coast
: approximately $110,000
Deadline: Eligibility questionnaire Mid-May / Final application end of May

For Monmouth County nonprofit organizations with budget over $100,000 and at least 3 years of operation. Please review the criteria for focus areas and complete organization eligibility

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Signature and Impact Grants

Grantor: Provident Bank Foundation
$3,500 - $100,000
Deadline: Quarterly

The Provident Bank Foundation was established in 2003 with the intent of supporting not-for-profit groups, institutions, schools and other 501(c )(3) organizations that provide valuable services to the communities served by Provident Bank. The Provident Bank Foundation is committed to strengthening and sustaining its relationship within the communities it serves.

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Arts, Education, Environment and Media Grants

Grantor: Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
$5,000 to $60,000
Deadlines: March, September, or December - Proposal due dates vary for returning and new applicants

For nearly 40 years, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation has nurtured leaders, ideas, and institutions which transcend self interest and promote a sustainable future. They focus on issues critical to our home state of New Jersey, and organizations that have a direct and meaningful impact here. The foundation believes that philanthropy includes not only providing resources, but also connecting leaders across sectors, sharing expertise, and promoting collaboration to help build movements for change around important issues.

The Dodge Foundation funds arts, education, environment and media initiatives that are innovative and promote collaboration and community-driven decision making. They listen to the needs of the nonprofit sector by offering sustained and comprehensive technical assistance, and pay careful attention to the public policy environment in which grantees operate. They work with nonprofit, community, government, and business leaders to imagine a better New Jersey.

For more information including upcoming deadlines and application overview, please review their Frequently Asked Questions.



AmeriCorps Competitive Grants

Grantor: AmeriCorps
May and December
Information Sessions: *Attendance at a technical assistance session is mandatory in order to be considered for funding.*

Contact 609-633-9629 Rowena Madden or Ivette if you have questions.

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Social Entrepreneur and Enterprise Development and Social Innovation Grants

Grantor: NJ Office of Faith Based Initiatives (OFBI)
Deadline: May
Information Sessions: *Attendance at a technical assistance session is mandatory in order to be considered for funding.*

Several technical assistance webinars are scheduled for mid March. Learn more.

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Environmental Conservation Grants

Grantor: The Conservation Alliance
Range: Up to $50,000
Deadlines: May and November

The Conservation Alliance is a group of outdoor businesses that supports efforts to protect specific wild places for their habitat and recreation values.

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Hispanic Policy, Research, and Development Grants

Grantor: New Jersey Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development (CHPRD)
Range: up to $50,000
Deadline: June

The New Jersey Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development (CHPRD) is announcing the release of its FY ’15 Grants Request for Proposal. Information on the FY ’15 Direct Service Request for Proposal is now available. There will be 6 technical assistance sessions in the coming weeks.  It is strongly advised that organizations considering to apply for funding send a representative to one of the sessions. It is very important that you download and review the most recent RFP. 

Additional questions can be directed to or 609-943-4990.

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Partial-funding for Replacement of Lighting and HVAC

Grantor: Hyde and Watson Foundation and GreenFaith
$5,000 - $25,000
Contact: Energy Services Program Director Anne Rahikainen, 732-565-7740,

New Jersey non-profits that own their own facility have an opportunity to replace their lighting and HVAC systems with new, energy efficient replacements at a low cost through the NJ Clean Energy Program and the Energy Services Program directed by GreenFaith. Each participating site will receive a free, no-obligation energy audit from the NJ Clean Energy Program, which will result in a report detailing opportunities for lighting and HVAC retrofits and the available state rebates and incentives, which can pay for up to 70% of the project cost. In addition, once the audit is complete, the Hyde And Watson Foundation has a limited amount of funding for these projects, for organizations in its geographic funding area, making it possible for eligible non-profits to retrofit their facilities for a small portion of the actual project costs.

Interested organizations should contact GreenFaith's Energy Services Program Director Anne Rahikainen by June 15. 

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IBM Impact Grants

Grantor: IBM
: Includes consulting services and software
Deadline: June

Impact Grants provide consulting expertise and software specifically designed to support educational and non-profit organizations in their efforts to serve our communities. The diversity of these grants allows IBM to deliver services and technology that meet the ever changing needs of the not-for-profit sector.

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NJLWD Skills Partnership Training Grant

Grantor: New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development 
Range: $50,000 per agency; $250,000 per consortium
: TBD, July-August 2017

This grant pays for customized staff training to help organizations meet their goals, expand programs, increase revenues, improve service quality, retain staff, and reduce costs. Organizations select the training topics and use preferred trainers. The grant pays for the trainer cost (for 3rd party training), or 50% of the trainee wages if delivered in-house by own staff. Full-service assistance is available.

Contact Lorna Runkle of Act-Cess USA, Inc. 732 669 9195, to discuss grant eligibility and training benefits. See more Information on NJLWD Grant Opportunity - Skills Partnership Grant.


Drucker Prize for Innovation

Grantor: Drucker Institute
: up to $100,000

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Community Services Block Grants

Grantor: The New Jersey Department of Community of Affairs
Deadline: September

Awarding funds to agencies for provision of health, education, employment and housing and other services to low-income population of New Jersey. Ninety percent of the annual allocation must go to designated community action agencies (CAA's). 

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Support for Outdoor, Free Concert Series

Grantor: Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation
Range: $25,000
Deadline: October

Up to 15 grantees will be awarded matching funds to produce their own Levitt AMP [Your City] Music Series­—an outdoor, free concert series featuring a diverse line up of high caliber entertainment for people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy. Online public voting determines the Top 25 finalists. Grant applications open on June 26 and are due by October 2, 2017.

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Neighborhood Partners Program

Grantor: PSEG Foundation
Range: up to $5,000
Deadline: October

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RWJF Culture of Health Prize

Grantor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Range: up to $25,000
Deadline: November

The RWJF Culture of Health Prize recognizes communities that have placed a priority on health and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments that will enable everyone, especially those facing the greatest challenges, with the opportunity to live well. A Culture of Health recognizes that health and wellbeing are greatly influenced by where we live, work, the safety of our surroundings, and the relationships we have in our families and communities. The Prize elevates the compelling stories of local leaders and community members who are coming together to create conditions for health and prosperity by transforming neighborhoods, schools, and businesses—so that good health flourishes everywhere.

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Mini-Grants to Celebrate Urban Birds

Grantor: Celebrate Urban Birds
Range: $100 - $750
Deadline: December

Proposals should integrate the arts, greening, and Celebrate Urban Birds citizen science. All mini-grant applicants are offered free materials and training to support their events (even if their proposals are not funded). Organizations working with underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply. No experience with birding needed

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Global Impact Cash Grants

Grantor: Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility
Range: $1,000 to $10,000
Deadlines: Quarterly

Global Impact Cash Grants work to multiply the impact of eligible organizations around the globe with national or multinational operations.  Applicant programs should address a problem that affects a large number of lives within one of Cisco’s Investment Areas, and which has severe effects on the lives of individuals and communities within the target area. A significant unmet need exists due to a gap in funding or a need for innovative approaches.

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Library & Museum Advancement

Grantor: Institute of Museum and Library Services 
Range: Various
Deadlines: Various

Strengthening the ability of museums to serve the public more effectively by supporting high-priority activities that advance their missions, plans, and strategic goals and objectives.

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Native American Project Grants

Grantor: First Nations Development Institute
Range: Various
Deadlines: Various

First Nations Development Institute is an American Indian institute that helps strengthen and revitalize the economies of Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities. Our grantmaking program provides both financial and technical resources to tribes and Native nonprofit organizations to support asset-based development efforts. First Nations offers grant support through the Eagle Staff Fund, as well as other donor-advised and donor-designated funds.

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Arts Grants

Grantor: Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Range: Various
Deadlines: Various

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s grant programs for organizations strengthen the region’s presenter network, give communities access to high quality artistic experiences, build audiences, and provide opportunities for greater understanding and appreciation of the arts.

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Grant Support to Address Racial Divisiveness in the United States

Grantor: United Way: Fund for Progress on Race in America
Range: Various
Deadline: To be determined
Goals: Education and awareness about the causes and effects of racial divisiveness. The promotion of social and criminal justice reform for all regardless of race. The elimination of race-based bias and discrimination. Innovative approaches to address racism, including those with a focus on youth organizing.



General Operating Support, Project Grant, and County History Partnership Programs

Grantor: New Jersey Historical Commission
Range: Various
Deadline: Various
Goals: To engage diverse audiences and practitioners in the active exploration, enjoyment, interpretation, understanding, and preservation of New Jersey history.

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Science Grants

Grantor: National Science Foundation
Range: Various
Deadlines: Various

The National Science Foundation funds research and education in most fields of science and engineering. It does this through grants, and cooperative agreements to more than 2,000 colleges, universities, K-12 school systems, businesses, informal science organizations and other research organizations throughout the United States. The Foundation accounts for about one-fourth of federal support to academic institutions for basic research.

NSF receives approximately 40,000 proposals each year for research, education and training projects, of which approximately 11,000 are funded. In addition, the Foundation receives several thousand applications for graduate and postdoctoral fellowships.

The agency operates no laboratories itself but does support National Research Centers, user facilities, certain oceanographic vessels and Antarctic research stations. The Foundation also supports cooperative research between universities and industry, US participation in international scientific and engineering efforts, and educational activities at every academic level.

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Environmental Grants

Grantor: Environmental Protection Agency
Range: Various
Deadlines: Various

A large part of EPA's mission to protect the environment and public health is accomplished by awarding grants and other assistance agreements. It is EPA's policy to promote competition in the award of assistance agreements to the maximum extent practicable. 

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Health & Human Services Grants

Grantor: Department of Health and Human Services
Range: Various
Deadlines: Various

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) contractors and grantees play a valuable role in helping to protect the health of all Americans and provide essential human services.

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