Social Innovation Guidelines
Special Projects Guidelines
Project ATLAS Grant Guidelines
Social Enterprise Entrepreneurship Development (SE2D) Guidelines
NJ Freedom School Social Innovation Guidelines
The OFBI has scheduled a series of grant specific Zoom training and technical assistance webinars that will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to register in Blue SAGE, Organization Information, Accessing the Application, & Introduction to Logic Modeling. These sessions are designed to answer questions you might have regarding the OFBI grant guidelines and the application process.
The sessions will also be streamed live on OFBI Facebook page
|Funding Category||Date||Time||Zoom Link|
|Project ATLAS||2/6/2023||12p||Project ATLAS Zoom Link|
|Social Innovation||2/7/2023||12p||Social Innovation Zoom Link|
|Special Projects||2/8/2023||12p||Special Projects Zoom Link|
|SE2D||2/10/2023||12p||SE2D Zoom Link|
|Freedom Schools||2/13/2023||12p||Freedom Schools Zoom Link|
Project ATLAS Readiness Assessment
SE2D Revenue Analysis worksheet
If you need to apply for your organization’s Charity Registration Number or need to renew, download DCA Portal Filings and Portal Status Definitions for step by step instructions. If you have questions regarding the charity registration process, call the charities hotline at 973-504-6215
The New Jersey Department of State, Office of Faith Based Initiatives (OFBI), is soliciting applications for Project ATLAS a capacity building program designed to build the sustainability of faith and community based organizations (FBCOs). The purpose of Project ATLAS is to provide capacity building grants, technical assistance and customized coaching, identified by the OFBI that will strengthen the viability and capacity of participating FBCOs to provide quality social services to the community as specified in this announcement. Grant requests may not exceed $15,000, matching funds are not required. Actual funding levels will depend on the availability of funds.
The Social Innovation (SI) Grant seeks to support creative responses in addressing social issue(s). The SI grants supports social services targeting individuals that are low income. To determine the income limits for your county.
College Readiness Program
Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Arts, and Math (STEM) or (STEAM):
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The Social Innovation Special Projects (SSIP) Grant (revised 3/14) supports social services targeting individuals that are low income. To determine the income limits for your county.
Substance Abuse Recovery Support: The Substance Recovery Support Services grant is designed to assist low income individuals to recover from the disease of addiction. The age for program participants is from 10 years – 85 years. Organization’s applying for this grant category will measure the following:
Civic and Community Engagement: Organization’s applying for Civic and Community Engagement must develop programs that educate community residents on how to effectively work with local government in addressing a social and/or community issue(s). The age for program participants is from 7 years – 85 years. Program participants should be introduced to their local and state officials, attend city council meetings and get an appreciation on how government is actually created to serve the public. Programs should look to show community residents how to advocate for themselves in using government to create progress in their local community. The project design should indicate quarterly community events that culminate in successfully and collectively addressing a community or social issue with the help of their local publicly elected leaders.
Tutoring and Homework Assistance Program: The Tutoring and Homework Assistance Program is designed to focus on the academic needs of students and harness the energies of tutors to assist program participants in completing their homework and/or other school assignments. The age range is from 5 years - 85 years. Programs applying for this funding category should be mindful to indicate how the program participants improved their grades in math, reading and science. Organization’s applying for this funding must have homework assistance and tutorial programming scheduled to start no later than October 1, 2019.
Services to Seniors: The Services to Seniors grant is designed to provide activities and services that promote aging in place, prevent isolation, and maintain or improve the quality of life of low-income seniors in the community. The age range for program participants is from 55 years to 100 years. The goal is to prevent, maintain or improve the physical, psychological, and social well-being of older individuals by providing appropriate senior services. Funds can be used to provide the following programs and services:
Download the Social Innovation Special Projects guidelines
Project ATLAS is a capacity building program designed to build the sustainability of faith and community based organizations (FBCOs). The purpose of Project ATLAS is to provide capacity building grants, technical assistance and customized coaching that will strengthen the viability and capacity of participating FBCOs to provide quality social services to the community as specified in this announcement. Grant requests may not exceed $10,000 matching funds are not required. Actual funding levels will depend on the availability of funds.
Nature of Capacity Building and Sustainability Activities
Capacity building may be defined as “your organization’s ability to identify and prioritize its development goals and achieve specific improvements that help you more effectively fulfill your mission.” Sustainability, which results from ongoing capacity building, is the long term stability and viability of your organization in the community.
Project ATLAS applicants will establish “high performing work teams,” referred in this document as Project ATLAS Leadership teams that work with an experienced capacity building coach to improve FBCO sustainability. A high performing work team is a group of individuals who work interdependently to perform effectively and achieve common goals with each member sharing 100% responsibility for success.
Specific examples of Project ATLAS’ capacity building and sustainability activities, customized to the specific needs of each organization, are:
Download the Project ATLAS guidelines
SE2D Project seeks to fund enterprising lead Faith and Community Based Organizations (FCBOs) to implement strategies that address social issues in new and exciting ways. More than ever nonprofit leaders need to be entrepreneurs. The job of operating a nonprofit organization has become increasingly complicated. Nonprofit leaders face government funding cuts and rising demands for performance and serious questions about the effectiveness and appropriateness of traditional charitable remedies for social problems. These changes pose both opportunities and challenges. The underlying focus of the SE2D Project is to support Faith and Community Based Organizations (FBCOs) to develop and launch social enterprise ventures that employ earned income strategies to directly address social needs through goods and services.
The SE2D program is competitive and it’s two tiered. An organization must participate in both tiers to be considered for funding:
Tier 1: Submit the application on SAGE
The maximum score that any one organization can receive for the application is 70. If the written application scores 39 or below it will not be considered for Tier 2
Tier 2: Pitch
The maximum score that any one organization can receive for the pitch is 30.
In order to be considered for funding the combination of the written application score and the pitch score cannot be 69 or lower.
Eligibility Criteria to apply must:
SE2D Project Growth will provide capital formation investments (grants) to existing social enterprise venture (SEV) with the intent to leverage the SE2D Projects capital investment with other private investments designed to grow and eventually scale the enterprise.
SE2D Project Start-up will provide capacity building capital to nonprofit organizations that are in the emergent stage of forming SEVs and require intensive training and technical assistance, business plan development and executive staff mentoring, in an effort to move them from idea creation phase to mission phase.
Download the SE2D guidelines