South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund

Community Foundation of South Jersey

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: More than US $3,000

Fields of work: Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Community Services Health Care Access & Delivery Basic Human Needs

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

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

Location of residency: Counties in New Jersey: Atlantic County, Burlington County, Camden County, Cape May County, Cumberland County Show all

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Overview:

NOTE: Consistent with our mission to inspire generosity, manage and deploy permanent charitable assets, and exercise collaborative leadership to create a more equitable region, CFSJ created the South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund as an opportunity for individuals and organizations alike to pool resources to address both the short-term and long-term impact of COVID-19 in local towns, counties, and the South Jersey region as a whole.

The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a health crisis. It is also an economic one that is already having and will continue to have lasting impacts on the lives of all South Jersey residents. To mitigate the negative effects of this pandemic, the Community Foundation of South Jersey calls on the entire region to come together to support our neighbors.

Consistent with our mission to inspire generosity, manage and deploy permanent charitable assets, and exercise collaborative leadership to create a more equitable region, CFSJ created the South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund as an opportunity for individuals and organizations alike to pool resources to address both the short-term and long-term impact of COVID-19 in local towns, counties, and the South Jersey region as a whole.

With a priority on meeting the immediate needs of South Jersey residents, CFSJ recognizes that our trusted non-profit partners, who will remain on the frontlines of this evolving response, are best prepared to meet the wide range of needs of our diverse region. Already under-resourced and facing a growing demand for services prior to this pandemic, they must now also deal with losses of revenue as a result of canceled events and services, disruptions to the daily lives of neighbors, and employees.

CFSJ’s South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund will support local non-profit agencies as they adapt internally and programmatically to assist neighbors and continue to deliver on their missions during this turbulent time. To do so, CFSJ will make a limited number of one-time program support grants of at least $3,000 to 501(c)3 non-profit organizations that provide critical services tied directly to the economic security of South Jersey residents in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean, and Salem counties.

We anticipate having multiple waves of funding over the next several months to meet the needs of our region and will adjust our funding priorities accordingly as those needsmove from triage to treatment and recovery

FUNDING PRIORITIES

CFSJ envisions three funding phases from the South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund with prioritization of funds based on the evolution of response needs and the success of fundraising efforts. The first and primary priority of the South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund will provide one-time program support grants of at least $3,000 to eligible organizations to meet the immediate needs of South Jersey residents. In an effort to ensure resources are being moved directly to the residents in need, no more than fifteen percent (15%) of grant funds can be used to cover administrative costs.

Grants are intended to complement the work of public health officials, public agencies, and expand local capacity to address the acute needs of the crisis as efficiently as possible. These grants are NOT of the scale to support public institutions that are strained by increased demand for services.

Phase one (1) Triage - Immediate response to community-based non-profits that have increased demand for services from South Jersey residents due to COVID-19. The COVID-19 Response Fund will initially focus on non-profit organizations providing critical supports focused on economic security and services to South Jersey residents. Examples of the types of eligible non-profit organizations: community-based health clinics; food bank & food pantries; meal delivery programs; and homelessness programs.

Phase two (2) Treatment – Grants for human service non-profits that are modifying their delivery modes due to COVID-19 and need assistance to do so. Reduced access to a range of social services and programs in response to social distancing requirements and safety protocols. For example, youth centers, recreation centers, child care, senior services, adult daycare, community-based education programs.

Phase three (3) Recovery – These grants will fund non-profits facing extreme difficulty because of lost revenue due to closures and cancellations, as well as other business model challenges resulting from the pandemic and its aftermath.

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

Eligibility:

  • CFSJ’s South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund will support local 501(c)3 non-profit agencies as they adapt internally and programmatically to assist neighbors and continue to deliver on their missions during this turbulent time. To do so, CFSJ will award:
    • A limited number of one-time program support grants
    • Amount: minimum of $3,000 to 501(c)3 non-profit organizations providing critical services tied directly to the economic security of South Jersey residents
    • Organizations’ areas of operation: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean and Salem counties