HACKENSACK, N.J. – The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF) received a grant of $125,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as part of its $50 million effort to provide humanitarian aid to help families and communities feeling the greatest strain under the COVID-19 health emergency.

The NNJCF is a not-for-profit organization based in Hackensack focusing on civic engagement, education, the environment, public health, and the arts. The NNJCF's COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund will support small local nonprofits in Bergen County encountering increased demand for services and supplies, while also confronting difficult financial choices about whom to serve and how.  Nonprofit organizations providing arts programs and services in Bergen County to build community engagement in a time of isolation will also be supported.

"We are deeply gratified to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for providing these funds, enabling the NNJCF to implement our COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund.  The NNJCF is extremely concerned about and eager to assist those among us who, through work and family circumstances beyond their control, are suffering the most from this health emergency," said Michael Shannon, President, Northern New Jersey Community Foundation.

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This month, the NNJCF will announce a request for proposals and open applications to small nonprofit organizations serving vulnerable populations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Bergen County.  The NNJCF is coordinating efforts with The Community Chest, a nonprofit serving eastern Bergen County, to maximize the impact of limited resources throughout the area.  Grants will not be awarded to individuals.

The public is invited to make a donation to the Fund.  Individuals, businesses, and organizations may find additional information and contribute to the NNJCF's COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund at www.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.