At OceanFirst, we recognize that supporting local arts and cultural organizations is key to the growth and development of our people and our economy. That’s why we’ve invested more than $3.1 million in nonprofits that are bringing people and neighborhoods together while providing enriching arts and cultural opportunities.
Who May Apply
We consider requests for Arts & Cultural Grants from nonprofits (501c3) that can demonstrate 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. Additional grant eligibility requirements may be found here.
Inquiries to the Foundation are welcome and nonprofits that have not previously been included in the Arts & Cultural Grant program should call 732-341-4676 to be screened before applying.
2023 Application Process/Grant Program Options
Arts & Cultural organizations seeking support have three options but may choose ONLY ONE so please consider each option carefully before applying. Please note that if your grant request is declined, you may not resubmit in another program area. Requests are to be submitted via our online 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.
The deadline to apply for Arts & Cultural Grants was March 15, 2023. Check back in January for details on how to apply for grants in 2024.
Option 1 – Good Neighbor Grant for Event Sponsorship – The deadline to apply is March 15, 2023. If your organization is seeking support for special events, click here to apply. Each planned event will require a separate application.
Option 2 – Good Neighbor Grant for General Operating/Flexible Support – The deadline to apply is March 1, 2023 If your organization is seeking general operating support in the amount of $5,000 or less, click here for information on submitting a request.
Option 3 – Major Grant for General Operating/Flexible Support – The deadline to submit your Letter of Interest is March 1, 2023. If your organization is seeking general operating support in the amount of $5,001 or more, click here for information on submitting a request.
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