SUMMIT, NJ - Seventeen local and area nonprofit organizations will receive a total of more than $305,000 in grants from The Summit Foundation, support which will help provide food, shelter, education, arts, culture, and health programs and services.

In 2020, The Summit Foundation’s support of the nonprofit community totaled more than $1 million, including $100,000 in emergency grants to help organizations respond to COVID-19 restrictions, $50,000 in college scholarships for local high school seniors, and $665,000 to nearly 34 local nonprofit organizations.

“So many of our community’s nonprofit organizations have struggled during the past year," said Julie Keenan, president of The Summit Foundation. "With ongoing support from our donors, we are proud to assist them in serving area residents, particularly those facing unprecedented pandemic-related challenges.” 

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Recent grants include:

GRACE - $25,000

Fresh food and personal items for its weekly distribution to residents in need

Overlook Foundation - $26,000

Pilot program to support uninsured and underinsured residents as they navigate the health and social service systems.

Friends of Summit Public Art - $8,500

Operating expenses that support new art installations.

Summit Area YMCA - $30,000

Natural gas generator for The Learning Circle.

Summit Chorale - $2,000

Virtual music programming.

Morristown Medical Center Foundation - $10,000

Training for families of autistic children.

Imagine, a Center for Coping with Loss - $16,000

Community and school training program.

Community FoodBank of NJ - $49,000

General operating funding with emphasis on the Family Pack program.

Boy Scouts of America Patriots’ Path Council - $4,000

Special needs scouting program.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County - $20,000

Virtual learning program, which provides a safe, supervised setting for students during school days.

YMCA of Union County - $15,000

PALS program, a creative arts therapy program for children and teens affected by domestic abuse.

ECLC Foundation - $10,000

Renovations to meet social distancing requirements for its PRIDE Program serving adults with developmental disabilities.

Summit Speech School - $50,000

Parent infant program.

Good Grief - $16,250

Nights of Support program.

Center for Hope Hospice - $15,000

Temperature control for terminally ill patients.

St. Joseph Social Service Center - $6,500

Prescription assistance for community members with chronic illness.

ARTS by the People - $2,000

Creative writing workshop.

The Summit Foundation fosters philanthropy by identifying local needs and offering donors flexible ways to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors. Since 2010, it has awarded $6 million through more than 430 competitive grants to tax-exempt organizations that serve the area.

For the full list of grantees, visit