First Lady's Relief Fund To Distribute $3.5 Million to Non-Profits Assisting in New Jersey's Long-Term Recovery Efforts

Morristown, NJ - The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, an independent non-profit organization chaired by First Lady Mary Pat Christie, announced today the launch of its fifth and final grant cycle. The Relief Fund will award $3.5 million in grants to New Jersey based non-profit organizations supporting the long-term recovery of the Garden State.

"It has been extremely moving as Chair of the Relief Fund to see the generosity and kindness of the global community in the aftermath of Sandy. Thanks to more than 33,000 donors and thousands of volunteers, the Fund has been able support more than 100 non-profit organizations in our shared commitment to restore lives," said First Lady Mary Pat Christie. "Today our grant dollars continue to rebuild homes and communities, establish emotional support programs for families and children, increase capacity to house volunteers, and provide unmet needs assistance via 9 county-based Long Term Recovery Groups. I am really proud of what the Fund has accomplished alongside New Jersey's non-profit community as these grants will allow many vital programs to continue to help people over the next year."
 
The focus areas for this grant cycle include: housing assistance, social services specific to unmet needs and mental health support. Applications will be accepted from September 8, 2014 through September 30, 2014. Following a 4-week review process by the Fund's grants committee, final grant announcements can be expected at the end of October when New Jersey will mark two years since Sandy.

"While this fifth grant cycle is the Fund's last round of awards, it is not the end of our grant-making process," said First Lady Mary Pat Christie. "Funding is dispersed in two or more installments to grantee organizations and the Relief Fund monitors each project's effectiveness and progress to ensure funds are used in accordance with the original grant proposal."

The Relief Fund will begin accepting applications today from eligible non-profit organizations providing Sandy specific disaster relief and recovery services. Applicants must be a registered 501(c) 3 tax-exempt non-profit. Proposals will be evaluated on several criteria including organizational capacity, track record of success, project alignment to priority funding areas, clarity of project implementation, budget detail, expected outcomes, and opportunity for impact. The minimum grant request is $10,000. The online application, grant eligibility requirements and a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can be found on the Fund's website at: https://SandyNJReliefFund.org

Today's announcement brings the total to be granted by the First Lady's Relief Fund to $37.2 million. Since inception the Fund has allocated 96% of donated dollars to programming and granting, and only 4% toward fundraising and administrative overhead combined, well below the Charity Navigator efficiency benchmark of 25% of budget for fundraising & administrative overhead. 

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The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund will continue to post all grant awards on its website and track distributed dollars from start to finish, ensuring our grantees deliver the promised assistance to families and communities. To view a complete list of the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund's grant awards to date click here.