November 20, 2020
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Grantee Spotlight
City Green
Funder: New Jersey New Jersey Health Initiatives
Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday season have us thinking about family gatherings and delicious feasts. Here’s a list of 3 “Good Food Thank You’s” that we are giving this year. We are thankful for:
  1. Affordable Local Food
  2. Local Support
  3. Community Strength
While gatherings might be limited, we can still enjoy and be grateful for the bounty of food available from our local farmers this time of year, and for the support of our communities. Many farmers markets are open through the month of November, and even through the winter. Visit to find out where you can double your SNAP for fresh local food during the colder months!

Grants and Funding
Sustainable Jersey Sustainability Projects
Deadline: December 4

The New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) is contributing $180,000 to support sustainability projects in districts and schools participating in Sustainable Jersey for Schools. This NJEA cycle will award ten $10,000 and forty $2,000 grants. Projects to support learning and teaching in a virtual environment and to address equity and anti-bias initiatives are strongly encouraged, along with traditional sustainability projects.

PPE Access Program
Deadline: December 18
Through the New Jersey Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Access Program, all NJ-based businesses and non-profits are eligible for a 10% discount on PPE purchases made through an approved online retailer. Small businesses with under 100 employees may be eligible for an additional 25% discount.

Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities
Deadline: December 18
Funder: The JPB Foundation
The Safe Routes Partnership invites communities and organizations working to improve safe, equitable access to local parks to apply for the 2021 Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities program. The program provides tailored technical assistance, along with a $12,500 award for seven nonprofit organizations to develop and initiate action plans to increase safe and equitable access to parks and green space in their communities.

News and Media
NJEDA Board Approves Sustain and Serve NJ Program
Release Date: November 13
Source: NJ Economic Development Authority
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Board of Directors today approved the creation of the Sustain and Serve NJ Program, a $2 million grant program that will provide funding to organizations to purchase meals from restaurants that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and distribute the meals at no cost to New Jersey residents. More information about Sustain and Serve NJ and complete eligibility requirements for potential applicants are available at  

Tools and Resources
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Customizable Proclamation and Strategies
Source: Centers for Disease Control
Active People, Healthy Nation, a national initiative led by CDC, recently released a customizable proclamation. Mayors and other Community Champions can use this new tool to help show support for activity-friendly communities. The template helps decision makers choose from a variety of strategies that work in communities. Active People, Healthy Nation aims to get 27 million people more physically active by 2027. Learn more and download the sample proclamation here.

Training, Collaborations and Networking
Advancing Safe Routes to Parks in the time of Coronavirus
December 2 - 2 pm ET
Host: Safe Routes Partnership
The coronavirus pandemic has simultaneously underscored the benefits of parks and greenspaces while shining light on the disparities in who has safe and easy access to those places. Participants from this year’s Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities program to share how they worked closely with community members to not only advance shared goals for parks, but also helped build the capacity, skills, and structures to ensure the work continues.

New Jersey Non-Profit Virtual Conference
December 2-3
Host: Center for Non-Profits
*Fee Applies
  • Valuable breakout sessions covering advocacy, marketing, team-building, leadership, non-profit trends, and more
  • Insight and creativity sharing among diverse leaders and champions of non-profits
  • Advocacy ideas for how non-profits can show their work and dedication that continues throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Designing Powerful Online Meeting Experiences
December 3 - 9:30am ET
*Fee Applies
  • The fundamentals of online meeting design and facilitation
  • How to design critical elements of an online meeting
  • Identify the appropriate technological tools in a given meeting
  • Utilize compelling interactive visuals to engage participants

Health Equity in New Jersey During and After the Pandemic
December 4 - 10am ET
Host: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
A panel of a cross section of leaders discuss strategies and solutions needed for post-pandemic health equity in New Jersey.

How you can best engage in a virtual world
December 4 - 9:30am ET
Learn and discuss how to best engage in a virtual world based on occupations within different sectors of public health.

Building a Culture of Health In New Jersey: A Virtual Town Hall
December 11 - 9am ET
Host: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Join population health experts, including RWJF President and CEO Dr. Richard Besser, in exploring New Jersey’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and issues of health equity and social injustice. Participants will have an opportunity to attend a panel on the COVID-19 response to housing and homelessness, healthy food access and more.