May 8, 2020
We at NJHCN hope that this brief and targeted communique will help you navigate the constantly changing COVID19 world. As your partner in building healthy communities, we will curate the most useful and current resources to help you and your organization during this crisis and build capacity for the future.

Resources include:
  1. Official Information
  2. Resource Pages
  3. Grants and Funding
  4. Media
  5. Training and Development

All resources will also be posted on our website for ongoing reference. Please forward to colleagues, partners and friends who may benefit from this information.

Please send us any new resources or opportunities to share.
Official NJ COVID-19 Information
NJ COVID-19 Information Hub
The official COVID-19  Information Hub  for the  State of New Jersey . Find the latest news, guidance, resources, and support here.

Missed Dollars, Bare Cupboards
Source: Hunger Free New Jersey
Nearly 300,000 New Jersey residents, subsisting on poverty-level income, are not being reached with federal food assistance that could help reduce hunger.

This report, released April 2020, provides state and county-level data detailing participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as food stamps) and makes recommendations for boosting participation.

Grants and Funding
COVID-19 Rapid Response Infrastructure RFP
Sponsor: Mosaic
Deadline(s): May 22, June 12, July 2
Informational Webinar: May 12, 2020 - 1 pm
Mosaic will make $1 million rapid response grants to individual nonprofit grassroots organizations, and networks of them, focused primarily on environmental protection and/or environmental justice to fund tools & technology, training and related resources needed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Community Challenge Grant
Sponsor: AARP
Deadline: May 15
A new round of grant funding is available for "quick-action" projects that promote livability for people of all ages. Applications are being accepted for projects to improve housing, transportation, placemaking, smart cities, civic engagement and more.

The Red Backpack Fund
Sponsor: The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation
Deadline(s): June 8, July 13, August 10
The Red Backpack Fund seeks to support businesses and nonprofits run by people who are women-identifying.
In the case of nonprofits, leadership must be 51% or more controlled, operated, and managed by a woman or women to be eligible to apply.

South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund
Sponsor: Community Foundation of South Jersey
Deadline: Rolling
CFSJ’s South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund will support local 501(c)3 non-profit agencies as they adapt internally and programmatically to assist neighbors and continue to deliver on their missions during this turbulent time. To do so, CFSJ will award:

  • A limited number of one-time program support grants
  • Amount: minimum of $3,000 to 501(c)3 non-profit organizations providing critical services tied directly to the economic security of South Jersey residents
  • Organizations’ areas of operation: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean and Salem counties

NJ SNAP could benefit thousands more NJ residents
Source: Hunger Free New Jersey
As thousands of New Jersey residents lose their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many are turning to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to put food on the table.

New Jersey has taken steps to make it easier for people to receive SNAP, also known as food stamps. More flexibility in federal rules and improvements to state systems, however, would make it easier for people to access these critical benefits during a crisis.

Training, Collaborations and Networking
Food Insecurity & Growing Concerns During COVID-19
May 11, 2020 - 2 pm ET
Sponsor: NIHCM Foundation
This webinar will bring together experts to provide insights on the longstanding issues surrounding food insecurity in the United States and how these issues have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Speakers will discuss: 

  • The evolution of food insecurity in the US and how it impacts many vulnerable communities
  • How a national hunger relief organization is responding to the crisis and building partnerships to help communities secure the resources they need
  • A health plan’s commitment to addressing food insecurity and how they are responding to the needs of their community

Walking and Walkability in the Time of COVID-19: New Policies and Practices
May 13, 2020 - 2 pm ET
Sponsor: America Walks
  • Learn the importance of staying active during these times
  • Hear examples of how people are sharing streets to stay safe and keep physical distance while walking in the time of coronavirus
  • Hear from professionals who are advocating for policy and practice changes during this time and how it can lead to permanent change in our communities

COVID-19 and the Impact on Communities of Color
May 20, 2020 - 2 pm ET
Sponsor: Trust for America's Health
Town Hall on Leading During a Pandemic
Recorded March 20, 2020
Sponsor: Independent Sector
With daily lives uprooted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever that nonprofit and philanthropic leaders make sound decisions for our staff, volunteers, and the communities we serve. Leaders from Independent Sector and The Bridgespan Group led a virtual town hall to discuss the sector’s response and our shared path forward that builds trust in our institutions for the next challenge.