Jersey Shore organizations receive grants ‘to build a better New Jersey’

    American Littoral Society constructing an oyster reef at Moore’s Beach along the Delaware Bayshore.

    American Littoral Society constructing an oyster reef at Moore’s Beach along the Delaware Bayshore.

    Jersey Shore organizations are among a group of grant recipients from throughout New Jersey that have received a total of $10.3 million this year from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

    In the latest round, the Morristown-based foundation has awarded $2.4 million in grants to 58 nonprofit organizations dedicated to building stronger communities in New Jersey.

    “New Jersey’s nonprofit sector is strong and focused as ever on making people’s lives better through leadership, innovation, and collaboration,” said Chris Daggett, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation president and chief executive officer. “This year, we saw a new level of partnership and progress made in bringing communities together to find common ground and create long-lasting solutions that benefit everyone. We are privileged to invest in this work and partner with community leaders across New Jersey to overcome challenges through thoughtful, informed decision-making.”

    The following organizations serving the Shore area include:

    · American Littoral Society (Highlands, Monmouth County): $70,000 for general operating support to evaluate, expand, and strengthen public policy and conservation action to protect critical wildlife and habitat, and advance clean water efforts. Program Area: Environment

    · Arts and Education Center (Matawan, Monmouth County): $15,000 to provide scholarship awards for student and teacher participants in the NJ State Teen Arts Festival, as well as support for the Dodge Poetry Cafe. Program Area: Education

    · Clean Ocean Action (Highlands, Monmouth County): $65,000 for general operating support of grassroots advocacy, community education and engagement, and science and research to protect New Jersey marine resources from polluted runoff and ocean industrialization. Program Area: Environment

    · Clean Water Fund (Long Branch, Monmouth County): $65,000 to advance climate justice, resiliency and sound water and infrastructure policies in Newark and New Jersey’s urbanized communities. Program Area: Environment

    · Community Foundation of South Jersey (Haddonfield, Camden County): $60,000 for general operating support to increase community engagement and regional public and private sector philanthropy, to host board leadership training workshops in south Jersey; and to develop the Creative Atlantic City Community Fund. Program Area: Technical Assistance

    · Monmouth Conservation Foundation (Middletown, Monmouth County): $20,000 for general operating support to protect open space, create parks, preserve farmland, and safeguard waterways throughout Monmouth County. Program Area: Environment

    · New Jersey Tree Foundation Inc (Jackson, Ocean County): $30,000 for general operating support to engage communities in urban forestry activities and stewardship as well as provide transitional, green jobs to parolees. Program Area: Environment

    · WHYY (Philadelphia, Pa.): $25,000 to continue and grow WHYY’s multimedia journalistic coverage of Southern New Jersey through NewsWorks.org and WHYY-FM. Program Area: Informed Communities

    A complete overview of the new grants that includes the city and county where organizations are available on Dodge’s website by clicking here

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