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Grants to New Jersey Faith- and Community-Based Organizations to Increase Organizational Capacity to Address Social Issues

Social Entrepreneur and Enterprise Development (SE2D) Project


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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 4:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $10,000 and grants of up to $25,000 to New Jersey faith-based and community-based nonprofit organizations serving low-income residents to increase organizational capacity. The purpose of this program is to help local organizations create and implement social enterprise ventures that employ earned income strategies to directly address social needs through goods and services.

The mission of the New Jersey Office of Faith Based Initiatives (OFBI) is 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.

The NJOFBI will partner with faith and community-based organizations to implement strategies that address social issues in new and exciting ways. More than ever nonprofit leaders need to be entrepreneurs. The job of operating a nonprofit organization has become increasingly complicated. Nonprofit leaders face government funding cuts and rising demands for performance and serious questions about the effectiveness and appropriateness of traditional charitable remedies for social problems. These changes pose both opportunities and challenges.

Category Descriptions:

  • SE2D Growth will provide capital formation investments (grants) to existing SEVs with the intent to leverage the SE2D Projects capital investment with other private investments designed to grow and eventually scale the enterprise.
  • SE2D Start-up will provide capacity-building capital to nonprofit organizations that are in the emergent stage of forming SEVs and require intensive training and technical assistance, business plan development and executive staff mentoring, in an effort to move them from idea creation phase to mission phase. Mission phase is the prototyping and testing of their social value proposition based on the recognition of an opportunity.


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;
- Public/Private/Charter Schools and School Districts;
- Colleges/Universities;

For information about funding restrictions and limitations, see the following link:

Pre-Proposal Conference
Social Enterprise Entrepreneurship Development (SE2D)
- 12/8/23: 12 pm

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

If an organization received a SE2D growth grant in 2024, they cannot apply in 2025. If an organization received a SE2D startup grant in 2024, they can apply for a SE2D growth
grant in 2025.

The SE2D program is competitive and it is two tiered. An organization must participate in both tiers to be considered for funding:
Tier 1: Submit the application on SAGE
Tier 2: Pitch

All funding recipients are required to attend technical assistance and training sessions scheduled throughout the fiscal year as coordinated by the New Jersey Department of State Office of Faith-based Initiatives and/or its training intermediary.

Estimated Size of Grant
Service Category:
- SE2D Growth: Maximum Request: $25,000
- SE2D Start-up: Maximum Request: $10,000

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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