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Guidelines for New Applicants

The Fund for New Jersey works to improve the quality of public policy decision-making on the most significant issues affecting the people of New Jersey and our region. Our grantmaking advances systemic and sustainable solutions to public problems through the work of policy, advocacy, analysis, and organizing.

The Fund for New Jersey makes grants only to organizations that have designated tax-exempt status under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Fund does not support the activities of individuals. The Fund does not support capital projects. The Fund rarely provides grants for local activities or direct services unless these projects are designed to support systemic change (for example, a demonstration project to inform public policy). Organizations not currently receiving funding may submit a letter of inquiry. The Fund for New Jersey typically responds to inquiries quarterly. If an organization is invited to submit a full grant application, the Fund reserves the right to assign the application to a grant cycle at its discretion. If an application is not invited, the organization will receive a declination letter and will be welcome to submit a new letter of inquiry 12 months after that declination.

Letters of Inquiry must include the following:

  • Contact information for the organization including the executive director and person responsible for the letter of inquiry
  • Amount and type (operating or program support) of funding requested
  • Problem or need to be addressed (maximum 100 words)
  • Summary of request, including interventions and anticipated policy outcomes of interventions (maximum 250 words)
  • Organization budget and actuals for the current fiscal year
  • Program budget (if applicable)

Letters of Inquiry should be emailed to: