Arts & Cultural Grants

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 $2.7 million in nonprofits that are positive catalysts for bringing people and neighborhoods together while providing enriching arts and cultural opportunities.

In 2020, $150,000 was awarded to support programs, events and advertising (typical grants ranged from $500 – $5,000). An enhanced priority for the Foundation is supporting partnerships and programs between Arts & Cultural organizations and K-12 schools. A minimum of 50% of our investment in Arts & Cultural organizations in 2020 was targeted to these efforts.

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. Organizations that are applying for programs that include a K-12 school focus should also provide a letter of support from partnering districts/schools if available. Email submissions should be sent to with “Arts & Cultural Grant Submission” in the subject line.

The Foundation thoroughly reviews all submissions and makes final decisions on grants to be awarded. Please note that applicant organizations must provide services within the OceanFirst Foundation footprint – Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Middlesex (Monroe Twp.), Monmouth and Ocean counties – 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 for a 2020 Arts & Cultural Grant was February 15, 2020. Please check back in January of 2021 for details on the 2021 Arts & Cultural Grant Program. 

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. Learn More