Signature Grant: Community Enrichment

Provident Bank

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Grant amount: US $100,000

Next anticipated deadline: Mar 1, 2020 12:00pm PST (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: May 15, 2020 12:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in New Jersey: Bergen County, Essex County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County Show all

Location of residency: Counties in New Jersey: Bergen County, Essex County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County Show all

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About this funder:




The Provident Bank Foundation (PBF) was established in 2003 with the intent of supporting not-for-profit groups, institutions, schools and other 501(c )(3) organizations that provide valuable services to the communities served by Provident Bank. The Provident Bank Foundation is committed to strengthening and sustaining its relationship with communities in the bank's marketplace.

Signature Grant: Overview and Purpose

The Signature Grant emphasizes sustainable community enhancement, meaningful impact, and long-term change. We seek to build relationships with organizations that have the capacity and drive to create this change. PBF funding directly supports efforts to enhance the quality of life in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania communities served by Provident Bank through three Funding Priority Areas: Community Enrichment, Education, and Health, Youth & Families.

Funding Priority Areas and Signature Grant Focus Points

These include:

  • Programs that address an immediate need or issue;
  • Programs that propose a solution to a systemic need or issue;
  • Programs designed to complement or catalyze a significant enhancement of access to or impact of existing services.

PBF seeks programs that will make a lasting impact on the communities that Provident Bank serves. Programs that detail reliable methods for measuring change over time will have a competitive advantage, as will programs that feature a regular and sustained presence in the lives of program participants. Programs will be funded for 12 months and must start between August 15 and October 31, 2019.

Community Enrichment

PBF’s giving focuses on programs that drive economic development, contribute to a more well-rounded community experience, and provide increased access to information and specialized learning opportunities. Community and economic development programs that address obstacles to workforce development and access by providing job training, placement assistance, and comprehensive supportive services for individuals facing challenges in the workforce.

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


  • Organizations seeking funding from The Provident Bank Foundation must be certified as a tax exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and classified as “not a private foundation” under Section 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2).
  • PBF seeks grantee organizations that show passion for their mission and meet high standards of governance, accountability, and fiscal management.
  • Geographic Requirements:
    • Applicants must be based in, serve, and/or demonstrate proposed project impact in at least one of the following geographies, including towns contiguous to Bank locations: 
      • New Jersey: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Union and / or Warren Counties; 
      • Pennsylvania: Lehigh Valley (eastern portion of Lehigh County and southeastern portion of Northampton County) and/or Bucks County.
  • PBF only accepts one request per organization per calendar year at any level.
  • An organization whose request is not funded in 2019 may reapply in 2020, but not before.


  • As with all grants, The Provident Bank Foundation will not fund the following:
    • Individuals;
    • Organizations not exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code;
    • Organizations not classified in Section 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2);
    • Organizations that use a third-party fiscal sponsor’s Tax ID number/exempt status;
    • Grants for scholarships to individuals;
    • Grants to other grant-making organizations;
    • Sacramental or theological functions of religious organizations;
    • Political causes, candidates, organizations, or campaigns;
    • Multi-year funding requests.
  • In addition, special limitations apply to Signature Grants. PBF will not support:
    • Sponsorships or fundraising events;
    • Endowments or capital campaigns;
    • Capital expenses or construction project;
    • Existing deficits or retroactive funding.