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Grants to New Jersey Faith-Based and Community Organizations for Social Services that Address the Needs of Low-Income Individuals

Special Projects Grant


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Funding Source
New Jersey Department of State (DOS) - New Jersey Office of Faith Based Initiatives (OFBI)
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Geographic Focus
USA: New Jersey

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/23/24 4:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to New Jersey nonprofit faith- and community-based organizations for services that address the needs of residents, especially low-income individuals. Funding is intended for senior services, nutritional support, and civic and community engagement activities. The program is intended to eliminate barriers to funding and other resource opportunities, create greater access for partnership and enhance the capacity of faith and community-based organizations (FBCOs) to create and implement innovative approaches that are designed for community and economic transformation.

Category Descriptions: 

  • Civic and Community Engagement: Civic and Community Engagement program is designed to support organizations whose mission is to educate community residents on how to effectively work with community groups in addressing a community issue. Organizations applying for the Civic and Community Engagement grant can provide services that include but not be limited to: Community organizing training/workshops, Immigration and Naturalization services, etc. The program should work with community residents on how to advocate for themselves in using government to create progress in their local community. The project design should indicate quarterly community events that culminate in successfully and collectively addressing a community or social issue with the help of their locally elected leaders.
  • Food Security: The food security program supports locally based faith and community-based organizations whose mission is to decrease food insecurity for low-income individuals, families, and the most vulnerable. Organizations applying for the food security funds must indicate that they provide both food drop off and/or client pick up at minimum 4 times a week.
  • Services to Seniors: The Services to Seniors grant is designed to provide activities and services that promote aging in place, prevent isolation, and maintain or improve the quality of life of low-income seniors in the community. The age range for program participants is from 55 years to 100 years. The goal is to prevent, maintain or improve the physical, psychological, and social well-being of older individuals by providing appropriate senior services. Organizations applying for Services to Seniors must indicate how they conduct assessments to address mental health issues and how the assessments are used to better support their clients.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicant must:
- Applicants must be a non-profit Faith and/or Community-Based Organization serving low-income residents;
- Applicants must be tax-exempt by determination of the Internal Revenue Service in accordance with Section 501(c)(3) and upload their IRS Determination Letter that states that the organization is created for charitable purposes and not for religious purposes;
- Applicants must be registered with the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs and have a valid Charity Registration Number and be IN COMPLIANCE with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, Charitable Registration and Investigation Section
- Be registered with the NJ Department of Treasury - Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services and must have a valid Business Revenue Number;
- Be IN GOOD STANDING with the Department of Treasury - Business Service Center
- Applicants must have their Certificate of Incorporation.

Ineligible Applicants:
- Houses of Worship;
- Colleges/Universities;
- Public schools, charter schools, or private schools;

For Restrictions and Limitations, see

Pre-Proposal Conference
Schedule of Live 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.

Special Projects
- 12/14/23: 12 pm

Pre-Application Information
Application Due Date: February 23, 2024 @ 4:00PM

Estimated Size of Grant
- Civic and Community Engagement: Maximum request: $10,000; Total Funding Available: $100,000
- Food Security: Maximum request: $20,000; Total Funding Available: $150,000
- Services to Seniors: Maximum request: $20,000; Total Funding Available: $100,000

Term of Contract
Funding period is from July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025

Contact Information

New Jersey Office of Faith Based Initiatives (NJOFBI)
Phone: 609-984-6952

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