Recent News

Home Runs for Heroes Swings Back in Action!

Spring will soon be here and with it comes the return of baseball season and the Home Runs for Heroes program. We’re excited to announce our seventh year of working together with the Lakewood BlueClaws - a minor league team of the Philadelphia Phillies and Townsquare Media to support our military heroes. To date, the program has provided $164,000 in grants to local charities that meet the emergency basic needs of shore area veterans and 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. Organizations that are interested in applying for inclusion in the 2015 program must submit an online application by March 26, 2015. The application can be found under “How to Apply”, selecting “Home Runs for Heroes Grants” on the drop down menu. A maximum of ten organizations will be selected by OceanFirst Foundation to participate.

See you at the ballpark!

$200,000 in Scholarships Available to the Class of 2015

Deadline to Apply - May 1, 2015

Great news for the Class of 2015! Building on its long-standing tradition of supporting higher education, OceanFirst Foundation has awarded $200,000 in grants to Brookdale Community College, Georgian Court University, Monmouth University and Ocean County College for scholarships that will help high school graduates from the Jersey Shore area pursue their education. In the past five years, 700 local high school graduates have received $1,000,000 in scholarship assistance and this year 140 incoming college freshman will be added to the list of OceanFirst Scholarship recipients.

“Ocean County College is grateful to the OceanFirst Foundation for its continued support of education and our local students,” said Heather S. Barberi, Executive Director of the Ocean County College Foundation. “At a time when college costs across the country are on the rise, scholarship support is critical. The OceanFirst Foundation is not only supporting students on their educational journey, they are expanding their opportunities for success in the future.”

Each school will use their $50,000 grant to provide scholarships for tuition, fees and books to incoming full-time freshmen for the fall semester of 2015. Scholarship recipients at Brookdale Community College and Ocean County College will each receive $1,000 awards and at Georgian Court University and Monmouth University scholarship recipients will each receive $2,500 awards. Each College/University will evaluate all scholarship applications and select recipients based on the College/University's existing policies and procedures for awarding scholarships. Selection decisions are made completely independent of OceanFirst Foundation. Representatives of OceanFirst Bank and OceanFirst Foundation, including all employees and board members, do not participate in the selection process.

The deadline for submitting a scholarship application is May 1, 2015. The application is available under Ideas and Resources/Sample Documents on our home page or also at the participating colleges and universities.

Arts & Cultural Grant Program is Open

Deadline to Apply - March 1, 2015

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 2015 Arts & Cultural Grant Program.

Similar to prior years, $50,000 in grants will be awarded to support special programs, events and advertising (typical grants range from $500 – $5,000). To be considered, organizations must submit either electronically or by mail, in one complete package, a summary of 2015 programs and events along with any related sponsorship material that outlines giving options. Organizations that have not finalized plans and marketing materials for 2015 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 by the end of March.

Please note that applicant organizations must provide services in the OceanFirst market. In addition, organizations must have tax exempt (501c3) status with the IRS, be registered in New Jersey 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 you must first contact the Foundation office to be screened for eligibility.

Please plan ahead - the deadline to apply is March 1, 2015 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 Kimberley Gokberk of Neptune City, NJIT sophomore and 2014 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.

In her freshman and upcoming sophomore years at NJIT, Kimberley was/is the recipient of both the Honor's Scholarship and the Dean's Scholarship. Kim's long term goal is to work in a global firm designing in urban areas to develop large scale buildings.

Keep up the great work Kimberley!

WOW - Our Inaugural Charity Challenge on Crowdrise Raises $286,747

We're excited to announce that our CrowdRise Challenge for Jersey Shore nonprofits raised a whopping $286,747! With $15,000 in grants and lots of extra prizes up for grabs, 70 charities battled it out right up until the final minute.

Our top three finishers, in order, were Seers Farms, Count Basie Theatre, and Brick Children's Community Theatre. Our first place finisher Seer Farms will receive a $10,000 grant to support their work. The Count Basie Theatre will receive an additional $3,000 grant and BCCT will receive $2,000.

More than 2,000 donations were made during the course of the four-week Challenge from more than 1,700 donors from 34 U.S. States. Many of the participating charities continue to raise funds on their Crowdrise pages and we hope you'll keep on supporting them.

Congratulations to all of our participants that tried something new, raised some much needed cash and had fun doing it!

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