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Grants to New Jersey Faith or Community Based Organizations for Capacity Development and Technical Assistance

Project ATLAS Grant


Agency
State

GrantWatch ID#
185509

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 4:00 PM Save

Grant Description
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 https://www.nj.gov/state/assets/pdf/ofbi/fy25/project-ATLAS.pdf#page=3.



Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicant must:
- Applicants must be a non-profit Faith and/or Community-Based Organization serving low-income residents;
- The organization’s Budget must be between $0 - $100,000;
- 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;
- 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.

Ineligible
Organizations that received a Project ATLAS Grant in FY22 or FY23 cannot apply for Project ATLAS in FY24

Ineligible Applicants:
- Houses of Worship

Pre-Proposal Conference
Webinar:
Project ATLAS
- 12/7/23: 12 pm
- Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83177506731?pwd=LzZIVEkyYTFGb0RoZ2JQQ3hXMk9KQT09

Pre-Application Information
Grant Awards are Subject to the Availability of Funding
- Application Due Date: February 23, 2024 @ 4:00PM

Organizations that received a Project ATLAS Grant in FY22 or FY23 cannot apply for Project ATLAS in FY24.

Estimated Size of Grant
Grant requests may not exceed $10,000. Actual funding levels will depend on the availability of funds.

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

Contact Information
SAGE: https://dcasage.intelligrants.com/Portal.asp

New Jersey Office of Faith Based Initiatives (NJOFBI)
Email: ofbi@sos.nj.gov
Phone: 609-984-6952

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