Grants of up to $10,000 to New Jersey nonprofit faith-based and community-based organizations for summer enrichment programs to benefit K-12 students. Funding is intended for programs that take place in a multicultural environment. Eligible programs must contain the following components: high quality academic and character building enrichment; parent and family involvement, civic engagement and social action; intergenerational servant leadership development; and nutrition, health, and mental health wellbeing services.
The Freedom School grant is designed to support organizations that are interested in launching their Freedom Schools.
The planning grant will assist the organization to fully think through its organizational capacity, its infrastructure, and collaborating partners. It will allow the organization to identify and recruit certified teachers to support potential program participants in improving in academic classes that the students are struggling with based on their final report cards.
The planning grant will assist the organization to develop a parent academy designed to support parents with resources that include but are not limited to:
Emotional and mental health services
Access to medical services
Connect parents to existing municipal, county and state resources
Organization’s applying for a Freedom School Planning grant must create a Freedom School Leadership Team (FSLT). The FSLT must be comprised of no less than 5 volunteers. The team should be comprised or active or retired teachers, local business owners, a community advocate. The purpose of the FSLT is to fully support the planning and prototyping and testing of the proposed Freedom School. All FSLT members must attend mandatory training and technical assistance offered by the NJ Office of Faith Based Initiatives and its partners. The FSLT must also actively participate in the planning process.
The FSLT will be instrumental in attaining community feedback to include but not limited to:
Virtual meetings to educate the community of the importance of Freedom Schools
Focus groups to develop effective parent/school collaborations.
Develop approaches that entice parents to actively participate in the parent academy.
Organization’s applying for the Freedom School planning grants will develop a method to track their program participants during the academic school year and provide additional academic support.
The planning grant will be used to assist the organization to incorporate in the launching of its pilot Freedom School to include o High quality academic and character building enrichment; o Parent and family involvement o Civic engagement and social action o Intergenerational servant leadership o Access to high quality nutrition, health and mental health wellbeing services.
- Be a non-profit Faith and/or Community-Based Organization serving low-income residents;
- 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;
- 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.
- Houses of Worship;
- Public schools, charter schools, or private schools;
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.
The organization applying for a Freedom School Planning grant must be willing to apply to become a NJ certified Freedom School from the Children Defense Funds Freedom OFBI Social Innovations FY’25 Grant Guideline Dated 10/30/23 will superseded prior versions School Program and commit to attend all mandatory trainings. Children Defense Fund Freedom School program (https://www.childrensdefense.org/programs/cdf-freedomschools/).