Event Sponsorship Grants


OceanFirst Foundation has a strong commitment to helping its nonprofit partners that host special events to build awareness for their cause, engage with the community, and raise funds for vital programs. Check out the details below to learn about how to apply for a Good Neighbor Event Sponsorship Grant.

Who May Apply

We consider requests for Event Sponsorship Grants from nonprofits (501c3) that can demonstrate mission alignment with one or more of our Funding Priorities and a significant level of service and impact within one or more of the counties in OceanFirst Foundation’s New Jersey footprint – Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Monmouth, and Ocean. Applicants from outside this primary footprint must be invited to submit a request. Colleges/Universities, Habitat for Humanity Chapters, Volunteer Fire & First Aid Squads, and Hospital Organizations, should not apply for these grants and may contact the Foundation for specific instructions on how to be considered by OceanFirst Bank. Additional grant eligibility requirements may be found here.

New Applicants

Inquiries to the Foundation are welcome and nonprofits that have not previously been awarded Good Neighbor Grant should call 732-341-4676 to be screened before applying.

Grant Deadline

For Arts & Cultural Applicants NOT Applying for a General Operating/Flexible Support Grant

The deadline to apply for a Good Neighbor Event Sponsorship Grant is March 15, 2022. Please do not apply for Event Sponsorship if you plan to apply for a General Operating/Flexible Support Grant – you may choose only ONE option.

For All Other Applicants

Requests are considered on a rolling basis, however, we require a minimum two-month lead time from your planned event date. We recommend that you apply early in the year as grants are offered only until the budget is fully allocated. Organizations are eligible to submit more than one request per year but more than one grant is not guaranteed. Each event requires a separate application. Please be mindful that we share these limited resources with hundreds of nonprofits across our entire footprint and the demand typically exceeds our budget.

Grant Awards

Organizations awarded a Good Neighbor Event Sponsorship Grant must agree to use funds only for the approved event. OceanFirst Foundation does not accept tickets provided in any sponsorship package.

Application Status

Organizations should expect to receive a response to their request within two months of submission.

2022 Application Process

OceanFirst Foundation accepts requests for Event Sponsorship via its Grant Request Portal. If your organization does not have access to technology or needs special assistance, we can work with you to submit via other means.  

Click here for the 2022 Good Neighbor Event Sponsorship Grant application. Please note that you will need your organization’s Federal Tax ID to access the system. For instructions on completing the application click here.

 

Information for Grantseekers

If 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. Learn More