HACKENSACK, NJ – The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF) announced the award of 54 grants totaling nearly $240,000 from its COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund to nonprofit organizations serving Bergen County.  The NNJCF, a not-for-profit organization based in Hackensack, New Jersey, focuses on civic engagement, education, the environment, public health, and the arts.

The NNJCF's COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund awarded grants to vetted nonprofits encountering increased demand for services and supplies in Bergen County's communities.  Nonprofit organizations providing arts programs and services in Bergen County to build community engagement in a time of isolation were also supported.  The average grant was $4,3000, with grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.

Grants were awarded to nonprofits to provide services in the following fields: Arts, Community, Food, Health/Safety, and Housing. Locally, three organizations received grants to continue their works

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Based in Garfield, Meals With A Mission, Inc. was founded in December 2010 and serves the ever-increasing number of hungry men, women and children. They prepare and distribute meals to 25 established agencies in Hudson, Essex, Bergen, and Passaic Counties

Garfield First Community Development Corporation provides assistance to aid in community development, municipal assistance, social services, and educational activities for the residents of Garfield. 

The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lodi is to enable all young people, especially those in most need, to reach their full potential, as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

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. 

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation announced the expansion of the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, expanding 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.  

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.


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