SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Foundation, formerly the Summit Area Public Foundation, has awarded $409,000 in grants to 21 local and area nonprofit organizations that provide vital food, shelter, education, arts, culture, and health programs to community members.

This past April, The Summit Foundation's Board of Trustees issued seven emergency grants -- totaling $100,000 -- in response to the COVID-19 crisis. This month, an additional $309,000 in grants was approved as part of the Foundation's biannual grant cycle.

The Summit Foundation’s emergency grants, which were an increased commitment to assist local groups confronting emerging pandemic-related crises, supported: 

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  • The Connection, for ongoing expenses and essential programming

  • SAGE Eldercare, for increased demand for Meals on Wheels

  • Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad, for a decontamination UV light machine for its vehicles

  • Bridges, Outreach Inc, to replace volunteer time and food donations for the homeless

  • GRACE’s Refrigerator, for food pantry items for Summit families facing food insecurity

  • The Summit Area YMCA, for ongoing expenses and essential programming

  • Summit Board of Education, for hotspot devices for families in need of internet access for online education

Through its first funding cycle of 2020, The Summit Foundation supported 17 organizations with a total of $309,000. The organizations include:

  • CASA of Union County, for its Fostering Futures program pairing youth ages 14 to 21 with adults who help them transition to independence

  • Caring Contact, the area’s primary responder for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, to meet increased volume and adapt its technology to a three-digit crisis line 

  • Union County College Foundation, for Operation Graduation, which supports students with emergency grants, leadership training, campus employment, and mentors

  • The Summit Conservancy, for construction of the permanent home of the Summit Free Market, a student-run, recycling initiative

Other organizations receiving grants include Our House Foundation, Trinitas Health Foundation, Pillar Care Continuum, the Winston School, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Reeves-Reed Arboretum, SAGE Eldercare, The Connection, Literacy NJ, Paper Mill Playhouse, Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad, Boy Scouts of America Troop 67, and the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless (Bernice’s Place). 

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 nearly $5.7 million through more than 400 competitive grants to tax-exempt organizations that serve the area.

For more information, visit summitforever.org.