Good Neighbor Grants


OceanFirst Foundation has a strong commitment to helping our neighbors and we know that sometimes needs can be met with just a little help. The Good Neighbor Grant Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for programs/projects with a broad benefit or up to $3,500 for special event sponsorship. Organizations that have not previously received a grant should first contact the Foundation to be screened for eligibility. Hospital organizations should contact the Foundation for specific directions on how to apply – do not follow the instructions below.

Instructions to Apply for a Good Neighbor Grant FOR PROGRAM/PROJECT SUPPORT

The Foundation considers requests for Good Neighbor Grants to support programs and special projects once per year. Organizations may apply for one program/project support grant each year. Requests may not exceed $5,000. If your organization is seeking a grant of $5,001 or more, please consider the Major Grant program. Organizations may not submit both a Good Neighbor Grant and Major Grant request for program support so please apply where your request fits best. Requests must address one of the Foundation’s priorities and applicants must demonstrate a significant impact within the OceanFirst Foundation footprint of Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Middlesex (Monroe Twp.), Monmouth and Ocean counties. Applicants must have tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status with the IRS and be compliant with the State of New Jersey’s charitable registration requirements.

The deadline to apply for a 2020 Good Neighbor Grant for a Program/Project was March 1, 2020. Please check back in January of 2021 for information on how to apply for a 2021 Good Neighbor Program/Project Support Grant.

Instructions to Apply for a Good Neighbor Grant FOR SPECIAL EVENT SUPPORT

These grants are considered on a rolling basis and a two-month lead time is strongly recommended. If your organization is interested in applying for a Good Neighbor Grant  for event support there are three simple steps to follow:

  1. Call the Foundation office at (732) 341-4676 to discuss your special event. We’ll advise you on whether your request fits within our guidelines.
  2. If the Foundation is interested, your organization will be asked to send a copy of the event brochure/sponsorship information to the Foundation. Be sure that it includes all pertinent information including the purpose of the event, the date and location, a point of contact with a daytime phone number and email.
  3. If a Good Neighbor Grant is approved, we’ll provide your organization with an online grant application to complete and submit.

Then you’re on the way to receiving a grant!

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