HACKENSACK, N.J. — The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, a Hackensack-based nonprofit that champions civic engagement, education, public health, the arts and the environment, awarded 54 grants totaling almost $240,000 from its Covid-19 Rapid Response Fund to more than four dozen nonprofits in Bergen County ranging from the arts to housing to health and safety.

These nonprofits, some of which provide arts programs and services to build community engagement in a time of isolation, encountered increased demand for services and supplies in Bergen County’s communities. Grants ranged from $1,000 to $10,000 to each of the following recipients: 

Adelphi Chamber Orchestra;
Art Center of Northern New Jersey;
Art School at Old Church, Inc.;
ArtWorks-The Naomi Cohain Foundation, Inc.;
Bella Music Foundation, Inc.;
Bergen Performing Arts Center;
CavanKerry Press, Ltd.;
Center for Modern Dance Education; 
Orpheus Club Men's Chorus; 
Pro Arte Chorale, Inc.; 
Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra; 
Skyline Theatre Company;
Teaneck International Film Festival;
The Black Box Performing Arts Center, Inc.;
The Company Theatre Group, Inc.;
Boys & Girls Club of Lodi, Inc.; 
Bloom Empowerment;
Greenfaith;
ITN North Jersey;
Network for Responsible Public Policy; 
Project Literacy of Greater Bergen County; 
YWCA Northern New Jersey;
Center for Food Action; 
Circles for Healing; 
Community Chest of Leonia NJ;
Disabled Combat Veterans Youth Program; 
Meals With A Mission, Inc.;
Tri-Arc Community Development Corporation;
Trinity Baptist Church;
Adler Aphasia Center; 
Bergen Medical Volunteer Initiative;
Backpacks for Life, Inc.; 
Buddies of New Jersey;
Center for Hope and Safety, Inc.; 
Comprehensive Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.;
Englewood Health Foundation;
Garfield First Community Development Corporation; 
Geriatric Services, Inc.; 
Hackensack Meridian Foundation; 
Holy Name Foundation; 
Jewish Family & Children's Services of Northern New Jersey;
Marblejam Kids, Inc.; 
North Jersey Friendship House; 
S.H.A.R.E., Inc.;
Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corps; 
The Center for Family Support, Inc.; 
The Jillian Fund;
Valley Hospital Foundation; 
Valley Kids Matter Foundation, Inc.; 
Visions Recovery, Inc.;
Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County; 
Family Promise of Bergen County; 
Rebuilding Together North Jersey;
Volunteer Center of Bergen County, Inc.

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"The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation is grateful for the support of a network of funders who recognized we are ideally positioned to distribute grants to help nonprofits serving our neighbors experiencing hardships during this pandemic,” said Michael Shannon, President, Northern New Jersey Community Foundation. “Their support enables us to carry out the Foundation's mission and foster collaboration among local agencies and our partners to build stronger communities in the region.”

The NNJCF collaborated with The Community Chest, a nonprofit serving eastern Bergen County, to maximize the impact of limited resources throughout the area.  Support for the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund came from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Russell Berrie Foundation, NEC Financial Services via the NEC Foundation of America, Visions Federal Credit Union, individuals and other donors.  

Nonprofit organizations working at the grassroots level continue to face difficult choices about whom to serve and how. Children, families, and seniors face increased struggles with reduced or lost income, food and housing insecurity, health expenses and childcare needs.  Social distancing is causing increased isolation and loneliness among community members.        

As the demand for services continue, the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation announces the expansion of the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund with a donation from Arnold Ventures.

"Arnold Ventures' generous pledge of $100,000 in matching funds enables us to expand the program in Bergen County and into Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Union Counties to support local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving communities and neighbors in need," said Shannon. "The Fund will also support nonprofit arts organizations and those providing arts programs and services in the region to build community engagement in a time of isolation.  With the public's support, we can meet the required match dollar for dollar."

The second round of funding opens to 501(c)3 nonprofits that have not already applied to the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund.  They must provide services or resources to meet the emergency needs of communities during the COVID-19 pandemic in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Union Counties.  Applications will be announced and available on the organization's website at the end of June.

Make a Donation

The public is invited to donate to the Fund. Individuals, businesses, and organizations may find additional information and contribute to the NNJCF's COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund at nnjcf.org/cause-posts/covid-19-rapid-response-fund/.  Contributions may also be sent by check made out to 'The Northern NJ Community Foundation', with 'COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund' entered in the memo line, to: the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, 1 University Plaza, Suite 128, Hackensack, New Jersey 07601.  Donations are tax-deductible, as permitted by law.  For further information, contact nnjcf@nnjcf.org or 201-568-5608.