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.
Each of the grants from the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund is intended to allow existing nonprofits, health care agencies and government groups to meet the increased demand for their services.
Sixteen food security grants were delivered to agencies in nine counties. The NJPRF also administered 11 grants to nonprofits to address the physical and mental health needs of their clients, including providing telehealth services to residents of group homes and other housing programs to support isolation efforts; as well as providing food, transportation services and a free medical clinic to economically disadvantaged.
After NJPRF opened its month-long grant application portal online on April 1, the first wave of grant requests ending on April 30 drew applications from 724 organizations. During the first three weeks, 300-plus applications for aid were subjected to an evaluation process, which resulted in 150 grants awarded to organizations in all New Jersey’s 21 counties.
While reviewing more than 400 remaining proposals, NJPRF closed the first application phase. Proposals from applicants who have not yet learned the outcome of the review are still under consideration, according to the NJPRF, and grants are being awarded on a rolling and weekly basis.
“Our progress as an organization in such a short time is a testament to the hard work and expertise of our team,” said NJPRF Chief Executive Officer Josh Weinreich in a prepared statement. “As we gain insight into emerging problems and resulting gaps in service, we are able to provide funding with increasing precision, targeting places where we can do the most good.”
Additional grants will be announced in the coming days, he said.
Moving forward, NJPRF will shift its approach from accepting grant applications to more proactively identifying opportunities to address its five focus areas of food, health, shelter, education and economic resilience.