Another dozen grants were awarded by the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF), this time totaling $1 million.
In this current round of funding, seven food security grants were awarded supporting organizations in Camden, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Monmouth and Morris counties. There were also five health care grants supporting organizations in Atlantic, Bergen, Essex and Union counties.
Over the past five weeks NJPRF has distributed 174 grants, totaling $4.2 million, to organizations throughout New Jersey. Grants have ranged in size from $4,000 to $150,000.
More than 700 online applications for assistance were received before the first application period ended on April 30, with more than 850 total grant applications received to date.
“More than 55,000 individuals and institutions have donated to NJPRF since our launch just seven weeks ago,” said New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy, founding chair of NJPRF. “While donations of $10,000 or more came from 129 major donors, the vast majority of our donors made much smaller contributions. This outpouring demonstrates how much we all feel the extent of the need and recognize that every single dollar counts. We really cannot adequately express our heartfelt appreciation to each and every person who has stepped up to help.”
Last week social services agencies, community organizations, food pantries and health care groups that serve persons with disabilities received another 27 grants to provide relief necessary due to the COVID-19 pandemic.