Recent News

The OceanFirst 20th Anniversary Charity Challenge raises nearly $400,000!

We're happy to announce the winners of the OceanFirst 20th Anniversary Charity Challenge on Crowdrise, a friendly fundraising competition where organizations in our community competed to raise the most money for their cause.

The first place winner was Habitat for Humanity of Monmouth County with $64,823; second place went to the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide with $59,643 and the third place finisher was Literacy Volunteers of New Jersey with $36,750. The top three finishers will each receive grants from the Foundation - 1st place receives a $20,000 grant, 2nd place a $5,000 grant and 3rd place a $2,500 grant.

Congratulations to all our participants!

NEW Grant Opportunity for Volunteer Fire & First Aid Squads

Deadline to Apply - November 1, 2016

Every day is a good day to salute and thank the countless volunteers along the Jersey Shore who care for the sick and injured and protect and save the lives and property of others, giving their time and talents as volunteer fire and first aid responders.

That's why we're proud to announce that our Volunteer Fire and First Aid Squad Grant Program is back in 2016. Since the program began in 1997, more than $900,000 has been awarded to LOCAL squads.

Every volunteer fire and first aid squad in the OceanFirst market is eligible to apply for an annual grant of $500. Please note that applicant organizations must have tax exempt (501c3 or 501c4) status with the IRS and meet eligibility requirements.

If you volunteer with a squad and want to learn more, please contact the Foundation and we'll answer any questions you may have.

Home Runs for Heroes is Back in Action

It's our 20th Anniversary and we're continuing our year-long celebration with another season of Home Runs for Heroes.

Home Runs for Heroes, entering its eighth year, is a partnership between OceanFirst Foundation, Townsquare Media and the Lakewood BlueClaws, a minor league team of the Philadelphia Phillies organization. Home Runs for Heroes provides financial support to charities that meet the emergency and basic needs of veterans and LOCAL service men and women - active and retired - and their families during difficult times.

The program ties each charity partner to an inning and every home run hit by the BlueClaws at First Energy Park during the charity's designated inning earns them a $1,000 donation. They also get awesome exposure on Townsquare Media stations! In the seven previous seasons of the program, $187,000 has been awarded to our charity partners.

Our partners this year are: American Recreational Military Services (8th Inning); Army Emergency Relief (5th Inning); Catholic Charities (7th Inning); Chariot Riders (6th Inning); GI Go Fund (4th Inning); Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund (1st Inning); National Guard State Family Readiness Council (2nd Inning); Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (3rd Inning) and Vetgroup (9th Inning).

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Arts & Cultural Grant Program is Now Closed for 2016

The deadline for submitting a request to the Arts & Cultural Grant Program was March 1, 2016 and we are no longer accepting requests for this specific grant program.

Check back in December for information on our 2017 Arts & Cultural Grant Program.

Major Grant Program is Now Closed for 2016

The deadline for submitting Letters of Interest for the 2016 Major Grant program was March 1, 2016 and we are no longer accepting requests for this specific grant program.

Check back in December for information on our 2017 Major Grant Program.

Scholarship Helps Local Student Design Her Future

Congratulations to Lauren Ransom of Howell, Philadelphia University junior and 2015 recipient of the Carl Feltz, Jr. Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship, established by the Foundation in 2011, honors the contributions of long-time Board member, Carl Feltz, Jr. and helps a local student pursue a degree in Architecture.

Lauren is a member of the Honors Society at the University and is also a member of the American Institute of Architectural Students (AIAS). She serves as a "Rambassador" (tour guide) for the Admissions Office and her volunteer activities include serving as a Peer Mentor for the Emerging Leaders Program and working with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization. She hopes to pursue a Master's Degree in her chosen field.

Keep up the great work Lauren!