February 5, 2021
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Grantee Spotlight
Bridgeton Board of Education
Funder: New Jersey Department of Health
County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, a Robert Woods Johnson Foundation program, named Cumberland County the worst county in New Jersey for Health Factors every year since 2011. The Health Factors rating comprises three categories: Health Behaviors, which encompasses obesity, food environment, and physical inactivity; Clinical Care including those insured and uninsured; and Social & Economic Factors such as children in poverty, single-parent households, and income inequality. As a result, the Bridgeton Food Services Department, led by Warren DeShields, chose to focus its attention on constructing community gardens to combat obesity through education.

Funder Highlight
Making a Difference Award
Funder: The Russell Berrie Foundation
Nomination Deadline: February 12, 2021
The Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award is celebrating 25 years of honoring individuals whose selfless efforts break down barriers, improve lives, and make New Jersey a better place to live, work, and raise a family. Click below to nominate a special person to be recognized for their service.

“There is no greater importance in life
than knowing you’ve helped
a fellow human being.”
-Russ Berrie 1933-2002

Grants and Funding
Project Innovation: Strengthening Communities Through Innovative Solutions
Deadline: February 12, 2021
In 2021, Project Innovation will award nearly $3.5 million to non-profit organizations in 11 NBC and Telemundo owned television station markets that are tackling everyday problems through innovative solutions. The Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation is committed to supporting the interests and needs of our diverse communities.
Categories include:
  • Culture of Inclusion
  • Next Generation Storytellers
  • Youth Education and Empowerment
  • Community Engagement

Healthier Kids for Our Future
Funder: Cigna
Deadline: February 26, 2021
Programs will be funded that foster collaboration between stakeholders aimed at addressing mental health and emotional well-being challenges for children. Partners are encouraged to leverage one or more of the following evidence-based programs: Trauma-Informed Practices (TIPS); Social-Emotional Learning (SEL); or Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Grants of between $50,000 and $125,000 a year for up to three years will be awarded through the program.

News and Media
Childhood Traumas: NJ releases first in-nation plan to address them
NJ Spotlight - February 5, 2021
New Jersey officials released the nation’s first community-driven statewide plan to prevent and reduce the damage done by childhood traumas like abuse, neglect and extreme poverty, which can harm the health and welfare of families for generations. The NJ ACES Statewide Action Plan outlines strategies to help government agencies, health, education and social service organizations and members of the public better understand and address adverse childhood experiences, or ACES.

Tools and Resources
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New Jersey COVID-19 Vaccine Information
New Jersey will roll out COVID-19 vaccines in a phased approach to all adults who live, work, or are being educated in the State. Within six months, New Jersey aims to vaccinate 70 percent of the adult population.

The Community Guide: Celebrating 25 years of evidence-based findings for population heatlh
The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide) is a collection of evidence-based findings of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF). It is a resource to help you select interventions to improve health and prevent disease in your state, community, community organization, business, healthcare organization, or school.

Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child - WSCC Model
WSCC Team Training Modules are ready-made professional development resources for use by states, districts or local schools to build, strengthen and sustain school teams implementing the WSCC model. Training modules stand alone – a module is not dependent on another – allowing the user to create a personalized professional development plan based on the needs of the schools or districts.

Training, Collaborations and Networking
How to Win Grants for Advancing Racial Equity
Host: Chronicle of Philanthropy
February 11
  • what foundations look for when selecting grantees
  • how to identify and forge ties with foundations that may support this work
  • how to build an effective case for support for diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts
  • how to show a long-term commitment and tell the story of your work to grantmakers and donors
  • ways to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within your organization
  • how to set goals for racial-equity work in your community, measure progress, and share results in ways that resonate with foundations and donors.

Working Toward Food Security Through Community Engagement
Host: County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
February 16
COVID-19 has further demonstrated that not everyone had the same opportunity to live a long and healthy life More people are being forced to make choices between food and transportation, utilities, and medical care—leaving even more at risk of ongoing food insecurity. Panelists will discuss how using the food pantry system is not only a way to address food insecurity, but also a way to engage community members in important dialogue and efforts to address other equity issues that influence the social determinants of health within their community.

The Ultimate Grant Proposal Blueprint
Host: GrantsMagic
March 1
Your step-by-step roadmap and build-it-yourself toolkit for crafting an A+ grant proposal - every time. Fee.