Major Grants

OceanFirst Foundation

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Grant amount: More than US $5,000

Anticipated deadline: Mar 1, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Nonprofit Elementary / Secondary School College / University

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Counties in New Jersey: Atlantic County, Burlington County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Gloucester County Expand all

Location of residency: New Jersey

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Note: Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for a Major Grant must first submit a Letter of Interest (LOI). Organizations that have not previously received a grant from OceanFirst Foundation should first contact the Foundation office to be screened for eligibility.

Our Priorities

Health and Wellness

The Foundation addresses both the health of individuals and local communities by supporting nonprofit medical facilities and related services that provide essential care. OceanFirst Foundation also supports programs and projects that improve access to services, especially for vulnerable populations and the underserved.


The Foundation supports a variety of programs including those that help create affordable housing, meet the housing needs of special populations including the disabled and provides support to emergency shelters that assist youth who have been abused, neglected or abandoned and families affected by domestic violence. The Foundation also provides transitional housing and support services that prevent homelessness and increase self-sufficiency.

Improving Quality of Life

Preserving and improving the quality of life for residents of central and southern New Jersey remains a top priority of the Foundation. OceanFirst Foundation supports a wide range of programs that meet the basic needs of families and individuals including food banks, senior services and behavioral health counseling; arts and cultural programs including live theater, music, and museums; as well as programs that preserve and protect our coastal environment.

Youth Development and Education

A major focus of the OceanFirst Foundation is to support programs that enrich and improve life options for young people including those that provide education, work skills development, and mentoring; those that provide safe, affordable, supportive places to grow and learn; and programs that improve the health and well being of children

Major Grants

Requests for Major Grants – $5,001 or more for program or project support – must address one of the Foundation’s priorities and applicants must demonstrate a significant impact within the OceanFirst Bank footprint.

Organizations may request one major grant per year and if the request is declined, the organization must wait one year before reapplying to the Foundation.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Please note that all Major Grant applicants must have tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status with the IRS.
    • In addition, organizations must be registered in the State of NJ as a charity and perform a certified annual audit if they are required to do so by the State.


  • The Foundation, in general, does not fund outside these specific strategic areas or provide support to organizations that cannot demonstrate a significant level of service within the OceanFirst Bank footprint.
  • OceanFirst Foundation cannot provide funding for the following:
    • Individuals 
    • Research
    • Organizations not exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
    • Religious congregations
    • Political causes, candidates, organizations or campaigns
    • Organizations whose primary purpose is to influence legislation
    • Sports leagues/teams