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COVID-19 Financial Resources and Grant Information

Here is a comprehensive guide to the federal and philanthropic resources available to Newark non-profits and businesses. We will continue to update resources, as information is released.

NAVIGATING FINANCIAL RESOURCES IN THE TIME OF COVID-19: Guidance on Federal and Local Opportunities for Non-Profits

Learn about the federal stimulus loan resources and local grant opportunities to support your organizations in these difficult times. We will answer questions like: What are these dollars for? Who is the ideal candidate? What is the timeline? Where can I get the best information on application process?  What do I need to apply for these dollars?

Federal Facilitator: Egda Veloz, Veloz Accounting Local Facilitator: Lauren Meehan, Arts Ed Newark Potential Q&A with local funders


LINKS MENTIONED: Resources from NJ Center for Non-Profits:

Newark United Way Resources: Creative Catalyst Fund & Newark Arts:

CREATIVE CATALYST FUND Most of you know, in January 2020 the Mayor announced his plans to create an arts fund to help support the long-term sustainability of our arts community. Today, the arts fund application is live and offers flexible grant support for small to midsize arts groups and individual artists, too. Attached is the full press release about Creative Catalyst Fund which received $750,000 to seed the initiative thanks to the Deputy Mayor Allison Ladd and the Department of Economic and Housing Development. The application deadline is May 1st and funds will be awarded in June, administered by Newark Arts. We encourage you to apply. Please do not feel pressured to create or produce at this time, but please DO take note of opportunities that are available. Click through for the Creative Catalyst Fund Guidelines and Application.  SMALL BUSINESS EMERGENCY FUND Invest Newark and United Way are hosting a technical assistance webinar to learn more about the City's small business emergency grant and additional resources available to small businesses. You can learn more detailed information about how to apply for those programs. More details about United Way's fund for nonprofits will be announced soon and we will be sure to share. For more questions about that fund, please email Catherine Wilson at The webinar will be recorded and available to view later if you missed it. Click here to apply for the Small Business Emergency Grant (up to $10,000)  VERIZON SMALL BUSINESS RECOVERY FUND

With an investment from Verizon, LISC are offering grants to help small businesses fill urgent financial gaps until they can resume normal operations or until other more permanent financing becomes available. Applications for the 1st round of grants must be completed by April 4th, 11:59 PM ET.  We will continue to accept applications for the 2nd round. Please email for questions and troubleshooting.​


PSEG Foundation will consider small grants through a request for proposal process (which means it will be competitive) ranging from $500 - $10,000. These grants would be to local nonprofits demonstrating support, services and impact from the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to apply for the PSEG Neighborhood Covid-19 Pandemic Relief RFP (up to $10.000).


In this time of crisis, communities nationwide are suffering enormous impacts related to COVID-19. The City of Newark is fortunate to have numerous non-profit organizations that have risen to the task of providing vital services to the local community in response to the market distress and upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor Ras J. Baraka, in an effort to strengthen and stabilize these non-profit organizations, has created an emergency fund aimed at providing financial relief to eligible Newark-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations that provide a direct service related to COVID-19 and/or have expended extra funds in creating new programs or in expanding existing programs to the benefit of Newark’s local economy and community. Click here for details and application.


The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund is working closely with local government, health agencies, and community partners to identify and provide grantmaking for the most critical needs, particularly for communities disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. Below is a link to apply for a grant from the State’s NJ Pandemic Relief Fund in the $10K to $500K range. To date, this Fund has raised $23M and applications are being reviewed on a first come first served basis. Click here for more details.

The New Jersey Child Nutrition Fund (NJCNF) COVID–19 Emergency Meal Grants

NJCNF is offering flexible and streamlined capital grant awards to help current Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsors, sites, and vendors continue meal service in response to COVID-19 disruptions. These awards are intended to meet the immediate capital and operational needs of organizations as they work to respond to the evolving crisis, as well as enable organizations to strategically plan for evolving needs and expansion possibilities over the coming months.

Grants can include:

· Up to $10,000 for program operations and materials or supplies (i.e. packaging containers, shelf-stable food, health/safety sanitation, staffing, etc.)

· Up to $25,000 where specific larger equipment purchases are needed, (i.e. vehicle for mobile delivery, refrigeration or heating equipment) .

To find out more, please click here.


This fund will distribute one-time unrestricted cash grants of $2,000 each to freelance, contract, or non-salaried archivists, art handlers, artist/photographer’s assistants, cataloguers, database specialists, digital assets specialists, image scanners/digitizers, and registrars. Applicants must show proof of residency in Connecticut, New Jersey, and/or New York from the last two years. They must also have a minimum of five years experience in the aforementioned behind-the-scenes roles in the visual arts, and be able to show proof of critical financial need due to loss of income directly related to the COVID-19 crisis. Click here for application details. See other grant opportunities for artists here.


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