Morristown, NJ - Today the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, chaired by First Lady Mary Pat Christie, announced 27 new grants totaling $7.3 million. The announcement brings the amount awarded by the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund since the storm to nearly $34 million. 
 
"It was an incredibly competitive and impressive grant cycle," said First Lady Mary Pat Christie. "The Fund is now working with more than 100 non-profit organizations on programs that provide housing assistance, financial and legal counseling, social and mental health services, and economic development support."

"We appreciate the Relief Fund's grant of $1.5 million in support of Ocean County's long-term recovery," said Sue Marticek, Executive Director of the Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group. "They have a true understanding of the need for on-going financial support and have stood beside us since the very beginning."

During the application period the First Lady's Relief Fund received 65 applications requesting over $27 million in support. In response the Fund's Board voted to increase its original allocation for this grant cycle from $4.3 million to $7.3 million. To date, the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund has raised more than $40 million from over 33,000 donors worldwide.  

One of the Fund's newest grantees is the The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. "This grant will help provide food for the more than 12,000 people impacted by Sandy that visit our local pantries and soup kitchens," said Carlos Rodriguez, Executive Director. "As we rebuild our communities the FoodBank will help NJ stay strong, one meal at a time." 

Rebuilding Together Bergen County Executive Director Gretchen Viggiano said, "Both the Bergen County and Jersey Shore affiliate of Rebuilding Together are thrilled to be awarded a grant from the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund. Many people are still waiting for assistance,  this generous support will help our organization continue to make important home repairs." 

This is the Relief Fund's fourth grant cycle since the storm.  The Fund announced $774,000 in awards earlier in the grant cycle in support of three organizations; The Affordable Housing Alliance's Housing Resource Recovery Center, UCEDC's First Impressions Program and the Princeton Area Community Foundation for Rebuilding Union Beach.