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Deadline to Apply - March 1, 2016

Here at the Jersey Shore we've got so many amazing places to visit and things to see. Among them are the many vibrant and creative museums, galleries, theaters and community spaces where local artists, performers and historians gather to share their individual and collective work for all to experience.

Since 1996, OceanFirst Foundation has provided more than $2 million to support local arts and cultural organizations. We’re incredibly proud of our partnerships with arts and cultural organizations and we’re delighted to share our plans for the 2016 Arts & Cultural Grant Program.

This year, we've boosted the budget! A total of $75,000 in grants will be awarded to support special programs, events and advertising (typical grants range from $500 – $5,000). To be considered, organizations should submit either electronically or by mail, in one complete package, a summary of 2016 programs and events along with any related sponsorship material that outlines giving options. Organizations that have not finalized plans and marketing materials for 2016 may send either last year's information (for repeat programs/events) or a list of anticipated programs with sponsorship level/pricing. The Foundation will then thoroughly review all submissions and make a final decision on grants to be awarded.

Please note that applicant organizations must have tax exempt (501c3) status with the IRS. In addition, they must be registered in NJ as a charity and perform a certified annual audit. We confirm tax-exempt status and NJ Charity Registration each time an organization applies. If your organization has not previously received a grant from OceanFirst Foundation please contact the Foundation office before applying to be screened for eligibility.

Please plan ahead - the deadline to apply is March 1, 2016 and mailed submissions must be received by the deadline. Email submissions may be sent to We would be happy to answer any questions you may have and can be reached at 732-341-4676.

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!

The OceanFirst Charity Challenge Raises $336,000!

The OceanFirst Charity Challenge, a friendly fundraising competition where organizations in our community competed to raise the most money for their cause has wrapped up with 71 organizations raising a collective $336,000 for their causes!

The top three finishers received grants from the Foundation and they were: The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (1st place - $15,000 grant); Seer Farms (2nd place - $5,000 grant) and Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group (3rd place - $2,000 grant).

Brookdale Community College Foundation was the winner of the "Best Video" prize and the "Most Views" prize was won by Manna House who had more than 15,000 views of their Charity Challenge video.

Congratulations to all of the participants!

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