Arts & Cultural Grants


At OceanFirst, we recognize that supporting local arts and cultural organizations is key to the growth and development of our economy, particularly here in central and southern New Jersey where tourism is so important to maintaining the health and vitality of communities. OceanFirst Foundation is committed to providing support grants to organizations that can demonstrate that they are a positive catalyst for bringing people and neighborhoods together while providing enriching arts and cultural opportunities.

In 2017, $125,000 was awarded to support special programs, events and advertising (typical grants range from $500 – $5,000). Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for an Arts & Cultural Grant must submit either electronically or by mail, in one complete package, a summary of programs and events along with any related sponsorship material that outlines giving options. Organizations that have not finalized plans and marketing materials for the current year may send either last year’s information (for repeat programs/events) or a list of anticipated programs with sponsorship levels/pricing. The Foundation will then thoroughly review all submissions and make a final decision on grants to be awarded. Please note that applicant organizations must provide services within the OceanFirst footprint and have 501(c)(3) tax exempt status with the IRS. In addition, applicants should be registered in New Jersey as a charity and perform a certified annual audit if required to do so. We confirm tax-exempt status and NJ Charity Registration each time an organization applies.

Organizations that have not previously received a grant from OceanFirst Foundation should first contact the Foundation office to be screened for eligibility.

Please plan ahead

The deadline to apply was March 1, 2017. Please check back in 2018 for details on new opportunities.

Information for Grantseekers

If you or your organization is seeking a grant, you’ll want to determine if your project fits within our four core priority areas: Health and Wellness, Housing, Improving Quality of Life, and Youth Development and Education. Give us a call to chat about your ideas and we’ll guide you in the right direction.

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