October 30, 2020
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Grantee Spotlight
Atlantic County Division of Intergenerational Services
Funder: New Jersey Division of Disability Services
Atlantic County NJ’s Office of Disability Services is spearheading a countywide project auditing the disabled access of the county’s roadways, buildings, programs, services and policies. This complete analysis is a requirement of local governments under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. 

Funder Highlight
Atlantic Health System
Group Works for Healthier, Connected Community
Source: atlantichealth.org
Funding from the national “BUILD Health Challenge” kick-started “Forward Franklin,” one of only 19 projects in the nation – and the only small town – to earn the grant. Projects in progress include an outdoor classroom, repairs to a future community center, a walking tour and app, and a mural project.

“Health and a sense of belonging are connected, and they’re both important for a community to thrive,” says Laura Hawkins, project manager for Forward Franklin, who also serves as manager of community health for Atlantic Health System. Photo: atlantichealth.org

Grants and Funding
Community Change Grant
Deadline: November 9
Funder: America Walks
America Walks and generous Active People, Health Nation partners are excited to announce another round of our popular Community Change Grant program. This program will award grantees $1,500.00 in community stipends for projects related to creating healthy, active, and engaged places to live, work, and play.  

Tools and Resources
Public Health Reaching Across Sectors (PHRASES)

PHRASES provides public health practitioners with tools to build communication skills and strategies. PHRASES is designed to improve the ability of public health professionals to communicate the impact and value of the public health field to other sectors in language that resonates and fosters cross-sector partnerships and alliances.

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News and Media
New Jersey Human Services Announces $44.8 Million More in Additional Food Assistance
Source: State of New Jersey
Release Date: October 28, 2020
An additional estimated $44.8 million will be provided to about 253,000 New Jersey households that receive food assistance through the state's Supplemental Assistance Program. The program serves about 769,000 New Jerseyans in about 395,000 households, with the monthly SNAP benefit based on household size and income.

“We are providing as much food assistance as possible to eligible New Jersey households,” Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson said. “Our state’s Congressional delegation has worked hard protecting residents as we respond to this pandemic, and these additional food assistance benefits make a difference in the lives of many New Jerseyans.”

Training, Collaborations and Networking
Healthy New Jersey 2020 Healthy Communities Conversations
November 6, 13 (different topic each week)
Host: Healthy New Jersey 2020
The Healthy NJ 2030 Healthy Communities Action Team will convene a series of focused conversations regarding the defining characteristics of a Healthy Community. The Team will use what they learn from these sessions to set goals and strategies for Healthy NJ 2030. Topics include:

  • Healthy, Clean, Safe & Secure Physical Environment; Transportation Access & Mobility; Safe, Resilient & Affordable Housing
  • Recreation & Opportunities to Socialize; Arts & Culture

Overcoming COVID-19 through Sustainable Collaborations
November 12 - 2 pm ET
Host: Foundation Center
Candid invites you to join a conversation with leaders from SeaChange Capital Partners, La Piana Consulting, and other across the social sector as we explore the various forms that collaboration can take and address the following key questions: 
  • What factors should organizations evaluate when considering a formal collaboration? 
  • How can collaborations help organizations sustain and grow their impact? 
  • How might prioritizing mission over the organization allow for increased sustainability? 
  • How can grantmakers support collaboration amongst their grantees? 

Introduction to Proposal Writing
November 18 - 2 pm ET
Host: Foundation Center
This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. It will include:
  • The basic elements of a proposal
  • The "do's" and "don'ts" of writing and submitting a proposal
  • How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no
  • 30-minute hands-on exercise to develop a proposal outline (in-person classes only)

Introduction to Finding Grants
Learn online, on your own schedule.
Host: Foundation Center
Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders. You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, including:
  • Who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations.
  • What do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding.
  • How do you identify potential funders and make the first approach.
  • In-person classes will end with 30 minutes of hands-on, guided online grant research. It is advisable, but not necessary, to bring a laptop/tablet for this portion of the class.