The first wave of grant requests, which ended on April 30, drew applications from 724 organizations and entities seeking funding to address needs within the five focus areas of our work: food, health, shelter, education and economic resilience.

We have in place a rigorous evaluation process comprised of several stages of review and analysis to ensure that the grants have a timely, effective and efficient impact. That process, undertaken on the 300-plus applications during the first three weeks, led to the approval of 150 separate grants that totaled $3.2M in awards to recipients across all 21 counties of New Jersey.

As we process the approximately 400 grant requests still under review, the first round of the application process in now closed. We anticipate announcing additional awards in the coming weeks.

Grants are being awarded on a rolling and weekly basis. If you have not heard that your organization’s proposal has been awarded or declined for a grant, your proposal is still being considered.

Going forward, NJPRF is shifting focus from solely accepting grant applications to more proactively identifying focus areas and specific organizations to award funds. These recommendations will be informed by our deep contacts in the State, relief organizations and across our five focus areas of our work, mentioned above.


Eligible organizations must meet the following criteria:

  • Nonprofit Status – the organization must have 501(c)(3) public charity status or a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) status
  • Geography – the grant will exclusively be used to benefit New Jersey residents
  • Focus – the focus of the entity must be on an area covered by the Funding Priorities listed below
  • Budget – preference will be given to organizations with maximum operating budgets of $5 million. However, national and regional organizations offering critical programs serving needs unmet by other local organizations may be considered, as long as the funds received are all spent exclusively in New Jersey
  • Nondiscrimination – the organization must not discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief


  • Human services – to address basic needs, especially related to food insecurity for older adults and youth
  • Healthcare – to provide support for those on the front lines of this crisis or vulnerable populations most likely to see their health impacted by this crisis
  • Childcare – to provide quality care and connection with caring adults while families are working on recovery efforts
  • Mental health – to support the emotional impact of living in crisis and returning to stability
  • Housing – to re-establish safe and stable housing and provide eviction prevention
  • Education – to support schools, educators, and students amid an evolving learning environment
  • Re-engaging in workforce – to remove barriers to returning to work, including ensuring jobs are available to return to in local communities
  • Organizational capacity – to support investments in technology and other infrastructure needs to enable the organization to deliver its mission during the crisis

Funding decisions will be based upon how well each prospective grantee can demonstrate:

  • Alignment with the funding priorities identified in these guidelines
  • How grant funding will meet immediate needs that resulted from the coronavirus
  • The organizational capacity to quickly deploy funds, fill gaps in service, meet community needs, and accomplish the proposed activities
  • Evidence of coordination between local organizations to help reduce duplication and ensure greater effectiveness in program and project implementation
  • The impact this grant will have relative to the needs of the organization


The number of future grant awards will be dependent on the funds raised through the NJ Pandemic Relief Fund and the evolving needs over time. Because we expect to receive a high volume of requests for funds, applicants are advised that we do not expect to be able to cover all funding requests, and we may not be able to fund the full amount of each request. However, we are committed to making the best use of available resources to address the highest priority needs.

Request Amount: This grant is designed to serve as bridge funding for your organization during a 30- to 60-day period. Please ensure that your grant request is in line with your needs over that time period.

Award Amounts: Awards will range from $10,000 to $500,000 for each organization.

Multiple Applications: One application per organization.

Timeline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. First round of applications are due by April 30, 2020.

Reporting: Recipients of awards will be required to provide a Use of Funds Statement within 60 days of the award.

Questions: Contact

Due to anticipated volume, we will be unable to answer inquiries via telephone and may not respond personally to all e-mail correspondence.
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