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For Grant Seekers

For Grant Seekers

We are pleased to share links to organizations and other resources that assist nonprofit with development, volunteer recruitment, and other key aspects of their work. 

Center for Non-Profits

The Center for Non-Profits is the only umbrella organization for all New Jersey 501(c)(3)s. Since 1982, the Center has provided advocacy, resources, training and information to strengthen non-profits and help them thrive.

NJ Division of Consumer Affairs: Charities Registration Section

The CR & I Section administers and enforces the provisions of the Charitable Registration & Investigation Act (CRI Act) which regulates the fund raising activities of most charitable organizations and all professional fund raisers, fund raising counsels, commercial co-ventures and solicitors conducting business within the State of New Jersey.

Foundation Directory Online

The Foundation Center, now, has launched Foundation Directory Online, a website you can use to search the basic profiles and IRS Forms 990-PF of nearly 90,000 grantmakers, giving them access to contact information, fields of interest, financial data, and program priorities. Registration is required. They offer a free version that gives basic information, or one can subscribe for a fee to access more detailed information.

Those seeking funds can also access a paid version of the Foundation Directory Online through Candid’s Funding Information Network access locations. There are several in New Jersey and in neighboring states.

Also from the Foundation Center, Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy, a new nonpartisan resource that provides data about foundations and their democracy-related grantmaking in a structured, contextualized, and visual format. The project documents foundation support across several key areas: campaign and election processes, governing institutions and processes, information and media, and public engagement and voting.

Pro Bono Partnership

Pro Bono Partnership provides business and transactional legal services to nonprofit organizations serving the disadvantaged or enhancing the quality of life in neighborhoods in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.


Exploring the National Philanthropic Infrastructure
Liz Wilder, Philanthropic Services Consultant and former Executive Director of NY Funders Alliance, writes about some of the philanthropic resources that engage funders, including regional associations of grant makers, national affinity groups, and coalitions, and identifies strategies for grant professionals to develop knowledge and relationships to increase their interactions with organized philanthropy.

The Ten Commandments of Successful Grant Writing
In this blog post the Executive Director / CEO of the Health Care Foundation of New Jersey offers nonprofits ten essential tips for applying for foundation grants.

Common Grant Application and Report Form

More than a decade ago, the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers and Philanthropy New York spearheaded a project to develop common application and report forms to help streamline the grant application process and ease the often time-consuming grant preparation process.

The Common Grant Application is a four-page form, which includes directions for use, a sample cover sheet, and the common grant proposal guidelines. The separate Common Report Form is accepted by many funders and helps to streamline the grant-app/report process. Please check with funders to see if they accept this documentation before sending.

If you know of other resources that you feel would be valuable to feature in this area, contact Theresa Jacks.