$1,219,591 in New Grants Awarded in First Quarter of 2022

March 16, 2022

$500,000 grant will support pediatric emergency department renovation at Morristown Medical Center

The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey (HFNJ) has awarded $1,219,591 to 12 New Jersey non-profit organizations in the first quarter of 2022.

All awards given this cycle were in support of new projects, and many awards were given to organizations receiving their first-ever grant from HFNJ.  The largest grant of this cycle, a $500,000 gift to Morristown Medical Center, will help the hospital fund an ambitious renovation of its pediatric emergency department, doubling space available for children facing behavioral health crises.

Many grants this cycle embody a “win-win” approach to ameliorating multiple social problems with one project.  For instance, a $160,000 grant to Youth Build Newark will allow the group to create a post-secondary career track to healthcare professions for Newark-area youth currently disconnected from school or employment.  The project will both help the young people gain a foothold to promising career paths, and help fill regional staffing shortages in the healthcare industry.  Likewise, a $50,000 grant to support Newark’s Working Kitchens project will both feed hungry families, and help ensure that restaurants that have seen downturns in business due to the pandemic can continue to remain solvent.

“HFNJ is pleased to end our first quarter of funding in 2022 by providing over $1.2M in funding for critical projects that will support residents in the greater Newark area, especially grants that will help train the next generation of healthcare workers, who are in short supply and are vitally needed as communities recover from the pandemic,” said Michael Schmidt, Executive Director and CEO of the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey.

The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey operates on a quarterly grant-making cycle.  It provides funds to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable populations in the greater Newark and Jewish Greater MetroWest communities.

The grants awarded in the first quarter of 2022 are:

  • $500,000 to Morristown Medical Center for Pediatric Behavioral Health Emergency Department Expansion
  • $160,000 to Youth Build Newark for Preparing Youth for Postsecondary Success in Allied Health
  • $100,000 to Bridges Outreach for A Holistic Approach to Ending Homelessness
  • $100,000 to Helen Keller International for Clear Vision for Vulnerable Populations in Greater Newark
  • $70,000 to United Way of Greater Union County for Nurse Family Partnership
  • $50,000 to MEND for MEND on the Move
  • $50,000 to Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation for Ailey Dance for Active Aging (Newark)
  • $50,000 to Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey for Adult Day Care
  • $50,000 to Community Foundation of New Jersey for Working Kitchens
  • $39,590 to Seton Hall University for Enhancement of Seton Hall’s College of Nursing Online Curriculum
  • $25,001 to the Fibromyalgia Care Society of America for Virtual Coordinated Care Program
  • $25,000 to the Community Foundation of New Jersey for Branch Brook Park Alliance – Care of the Park