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NJ Focused Response Funds

NJ Focused Response Funds

This is an (alphabetical by host) listing of the response funds that foundations and philanthropic organizations have set up to help local communities, residents, non-profits, and businesses throughout New Jersey and news of the grants being awarded by each fund. These are “pooled funds” to which individuals, businesses, companies, and others can contribute any amount of money. The host organization will redistribute the collected funds to their specified populations.



New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund
Hosted by: Community Foundation of New Jersey
The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF) was established to raise funds and organize and coordinate resources to fight the medical, social and economic impact of COVID-19 on New Jersey’s most vulnerable. One hundred percent of donations received online by NJPRF will be used to fight the medical, social, and economic impact of COVID-19, supporting organizations that provide essential services and aiding those on the front line of the pandemic.
4/20 - New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund announces statewide health grants
5/8 - NJPRF gives out 27 additional food security and need-based grants
5/13 - New Jersey Pandemic relief fund announces fourth round of grants
5/15 - Pandemic Relief Fund’s Murphy, Weinreich offer details on its goals — now … and moving forward
7/16 - Pandemic Relief Fund wraps up phase 1, having raised $37M and provided $18M in immediate relief
7/30 - Pandemic Relief Fund Provides $4.5 Million in Cash Assistance
9/11 - NJPRF Matches Grants to Newark and Camden Teachers
11/20 - New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund gives $2.6 Million to help close digital divide
12/2 - New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund gives $4.5 Million to organizations helping minority and women owned businesses
12/16 - New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund received $20 Million from Mackenzie Scott
1/6 - New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund issues 2020 Report
2/2 - N.J. Pandemic Relief Fund to provide $2.5 million in grants to address mental health issues


South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund
Hosted by: Community Foundation of South Jersey
The South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund is an opportunity for individuals and organizations to pool resources to address both the short and long-term impact of COVID-19 in local towns, counties, and the South Jersey region as a whole.
6/4 - South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund Announces Second Round of Grants
7/20 - South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund Announces Third Round of Grants


Restaurant Rescue Fund
Hosted by: Heart to Harvest Foundation (NY)
The Restaurant Rescue Fund will establish a grant program for restaurateurs in the New York Metro area and New Jersey. The goal is to help owners reopen their restaurants and the small farmers who supply them. Ongoing assistance will be available to grant recipients, to include assistance with landlords, vendor payments, resources that can help with HR and more.


Hoboken Relief Fund
Hosted by: Hoboken Rotary Club Foundation
The Hoboken Relief Fund will solicit donations and provide grants to local businesses and Hoboken residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Hoboken Relief Fund will be Hoboken’s authorized vehicle for COVID-19 relief, and act in ways as an umbrella for other, ongoing, complementary efforts to address various pressing needs in our community related to COVID-19, such as food insecurity.
5/11 - Virtual fundraising event headlined by Buddy Valastro and local Hoboken artists streamed in May
8/25 - Hoboken Relief Fund issues grants to local businesses


COVID-19 Emergency Financial Assistance Fund
Hosted by: Interfaith Neighbors
Funded by the generosity of several local foundations including the Jules L. Plangere, Jr. Family Foundation, the Stone Foundation of New Jersey and the Jay & Linda Grunin Foundation, as well as many individual donors; the COVID-19 Emergency Financial Assistance Fund is providing financial assistance to individuals and families in Monmouth County that have experienced financial distress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Jersey City COVID-19 Community Relief Fund
Hosted by: Jersey City Economic Development Corp
The Jersey City COVID-19 Community Relief Fund will provide resources and support to Jersey City’s most vulnerable residents. It will help minimize hardships for needy families and seniors by improving access to food and other necessities. The Fund will also invest in the local Jersey City economy by helping small businesses and nonprofits - the backbone of Jersey City’s neighborhoods - get back on their feet.


COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund
Hosted by: Jewish Federation of Southern Jersey
The COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund will provide direct support to individuals and families by providing essential resources for those in crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Montclair Foundation Emergency Fund
Hosted by: Montclair Foundation
The Montclair Foundation Emergency Fund was created to support key local outreach organizations with emergency grants so these community partners can receive immediate financial help in this difficult time.
5/5 - Montclair Foundation Awards $15,000 From COVID-19 Emergency Grant Fund
5/13 - Montclair Foundation Funnels $65K To Coronavirus Relief


New Jersey 30 Day Fund
Hosted by: New Jersey 30 Day Fund
The New Jersey 30 Day Fund provides forgivable loans for New Jersey-based small businesses. The forgivable loan is intended to provide immediate financial assistance (within maximum three days) to meet payroll, preserve healthcare coverage for employees and save jobs while they await recently approved federal funding and reopening.
7/10 - 30 Day Fund Announces 100 Small Business Loans


Garden State Relief Fund
Hosted byNew Jersey Community Capital
The Garden State Relief Fund ensures that small businesses and non-profits are provided with quick yet equitable and inclusive opportunities for relief, stability, and growth through low interest loans. The fund provides this financial support for those that often lack access to conventional capital and have been disproportionally affected by this evolving public health crisis.


NNJCF COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund
Hosted by: Northern New Jersey Community Foundation
The NNJCF COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund provides immediate resources to vetted small nonprofit organizations in Bergen County, New Jersey with limited budgets serving vulnerable populations in this area. The fund will also support nonprofit arts organizations and those providing arts programs and services in the county to build community engagement in a time of isolation.
4/30 - Northern New Jersey Community Foundation's COVID-19 Rapid Respond Fund Raises Nearly $240,000
5/22 - NNJCF awards $240K worth of grants for COVID-19 response
9/29 - Northern NJ Community Foundation's COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund Awards Over $300,000 to Nonprofits in Region


Hosted by: Philadelphia Foundation & United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern NJ
The PHL COVID-19 Fund rapidly and equitably deploys solutions and resources to help nonprofit community navigate near-and longer-term challenges from COVID-19 and ensure that critical resources remain available for those in their community who need it most. This fund supports nonprofits in the Greater Philadelphia Area—five Pennsylvania counties (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia) and five Southern New Jersey counties (Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, and Cumberland).
4/16 - PHL COVID-19 Fund grants $2.5 million to Nonprofits
4/23 - PHL COVID-19 Fund Provides Rapid Response to Community: $7.3M Distributed to Nearly 200 Nonprofits in Three Weeks
4/24 - PHL COVID-19 Fund, ‘A Godsend’ For Nonprofit Organizations, Distributes 3rd Round Of Grants
5/14 - PHL COVID-19 Fund Continues to Meet Deep Community Needs in Fifth Round of Funding to Nonprofits
6/25 - PHL COVID-19 Fund Deploys Funds to Aid Pandemic Recovery Efforts
7/1 - PHL COVID-19 Fund Awards $4 Million for Arts in Philadelphia Region
9/25 - PHL COVID-19 Fund Awards $400,000 to Philadelphia-area nonprofits


COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund
Hosted by: Princeton Area Community Foundation
The foundation assembled a coalition of funders to create the COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund to help support nonprofits working with the most vulnerable residents in Mercer County and the surrounding region.
4/16 - COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund announces initial round of grants
5/29 - COVID-19 Grants Total Over $900,000


New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund
Hosted by: Princeton Area Community Foundation
A coalition of funders has established the New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund (NJACRF) to help ensure the survival of the state’s cultural sector that has faced economic devastation from the COVID-19 pandemic. NJACRF will provide grants to the cultural community to offset expenses incurred due to pandemic cancelations, reopening adaptations, and support for artists and sector professionals.
8/20 - NJACRF announces launch of fund
9/3 - WPIX-TV Channel 11 profiles the NJ Arts & Culture Fund by interviewing Jeremy Grunin of the Grunin Foundation and SHarnita Johnson from the Dodge Foundation
9/7 - The Mellon Foundation and NJ’s Own Colberts and Stewarts Help Grow the New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund


Coronavirus Emergency Relief Fund
Hosted by: Princeton Children’s Fund
The Coronavirus Emergency Relief Fund benefits economically-disadvantaged Princeton families impacted by work stoppage during the outbreak. The fund is supported in part with a grant from the COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation.


Sustain Summit Fund
Hosted by: The Summit Foundation and Summit Downtown
The Sustain Summit Fund will provide grants to support small businesses that operate in the City of Summit and are experiencing economic hardship as a result of recent closings and restrictions from COVID-19. The first $50,000 in donations will be matched on a 1:1 basis by The Summit Foundation.
5/7 - 'Sustain Summit' Initiative Awards $270K Among 117 Hilltop City Businesses
5/21 - 'Jumpstart Summit' Program formed to Further Assist Summit Businesses' Reopening and Recovery


UWCJ COVID-19 Recover Fund
Hosted by: United Way of Central Jersey
The UWCJ COVID-19 Recover Fund will provide assistance with crucial expenses including rent, utilities, prescription medication/medical supplies, child care and food, identifying clients who are most in need of temporary assistance utilizing referrals from their non-profit community partners.


Salem County Does More: Covid-19 Rapid Response Fund
Hosted by: United Way of Delaware
The Salem County Does More COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund will assist in providing food, shelter, utilities, rent assistance, and other critical services for Salem County residents struggling in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.


COVID-19 Compassion Fund
Hosted by: United Way of Greater Mercer County
The COVID-19 Compassion Fund supports struggling families in Mercer County financially impacted by the health crisis. Donations will support relief programs, like food pantries and other services to help with basic needs. They continue to work with their partners to identify resource and service gaps and plan for long-term recovery.


Community COVID-19 Fund
Hosted by: United Way of Greater Newark
The Community COVID-19 Fund supports the community and their non-profit partners during the COVID-19 crisis. This is a regional fund serving their 13-municipality footprint including Newark, Irvington, East Orange, West Orange, South Orange, Orange, Belleville, Nutley, Maplewood, Kearny, Harrison, East Newark and North Arlington.
4/17 - United Way of Greater Newark Raises More Than $4M in Donations for Community COVID-19 Fund
4/24 - Mayor Baraka Announces First Round of Newark Grant Awards


UWGUC COVID19 Emergency Fund
Hosted by: United Way of Greater Union County
The UWGUC COVID19 Emergency Fund assists individuals financially impacted due to loss of wages or who incurred debt as a result of COVID19 in the areas of Union County, South Plainfield, and North Plainfield.


Community Response & Recovery Fund
Hosted by: United Way of Gloucester County
The Community Response & Recovery Fund addresses the critical needs of the Gloucester County community through partnership with local non-profit providers. The funds will only be utilized to assist individuals in Gloucester County, New Jersey.


UWMOC COVID-19 Recovery Fund
Hosted by: United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties
The UWMOC COVID-19 Recovery Fund addresses the unmet needs of those economically impacted by this crisis in the long-term. This fund will help ensure resources are available today, and in the months and years ahead, to assist residents during the recovery process--primarily through our Financial Success Center (FSC) Network.
9/11 - United Way of Monmouth & Ocean Counties Awards $70,000 in Pandemic Relief Funds



ALICE Recovery Fund
Hosted by: United Way of Northern New Jersey & United Way of Hunterdon County
The ALICE Recovery Fund (#ALICErecovery) is a crisis recovery fund that will address emerging needs of ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) households and those in poverty in response to the spread of COVID-19. The state of emergency created by the spread of the coronavirus is exposing critical shortcomings in our economy, health care system, and public education. No one is immune to its direct or indirect effects, but ALICE families are particularly vulnerable to hardship from both illness and economic disruption.


COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund for Passaic County
Hosted by: United Way of Passaic County
The COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund for Passaic County addresses immediate and long-term needs of residents and non-profits in Passaic County. Immediate needs to be addressed include food, education and support for critical non-profits. Longer term, the fund will make grants to nonprofits to ensure their continued viability in Passaic County and address unmet needs of residents in the aftermath of COVID-19.


We Love Local Fund
Hosted by: Westfield United Fund
The Westfield United Fund is dedicated to helping independently owned local businesses in Westfield during this crisis.
5/10 - Westfield couple raise over $7000 in pallet painting fundraiser for fund



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