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Grants to New Jersey, New York City, and Pennsylvania Nonprofits
for Programs and Projects to Improve the Quality of Life in Eligible Regions

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Provident Bank Foundation (PBF)

LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

09/17/21 3:00 PM


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Grants of up to $25,000 to New Jersey, New York City, and Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations for programs, projects, and initiatives that enhance the lives of residents in eligible regions. Applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to a full grant application. Funding priorities include community enrichment, education, and health, youth and families. Eligible areas are communities in New Jersey, New York City, and Pennsylvania that are served by Provident Bank.

The goal of the Major Grant is to support organizations that have identified an immediate need in the community and for the individuals they serve. PBF seeks programs, projects, or initiatives that will make a meaningful impact on the communities that Provident Bank serves. Requests that detail reliable methods for measuring change over time will have a competitive advantage, as will those that offer a regular and sustained presence in the lives of program participants.

PBF seeks to build relationships with organizations that have the capacity and drive to create systems change.

Organizations applying for a Major Grant must measure their program’s impact in a manner that aligns with one Funding Priority Area:

Community Enrichment: Programs that drive economic development, contribute to a more wellrounded community experience, serve those with special needs, and provide increased access to information and culture.

Education: Innovative programming that expands access to, and improves the quality of, well-rounded educational experiences through strong academic support and curriculum development.

Health, Youth & Families: Programs that ensure people of all ages and means have the ability to live healthier, more fulfilling lives, including access to quality healthcare, nutrition and wellness, and mentorship opportunities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178189

Estimated Size of Grant:

Over $5,000 up to and including $25,000

Term of Contract:

For Cycle 1, the grant term is May 1, 2021–April 30, 2022 and for Cycle 2, the grant term is November 1, 2021–October 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility: Organizations seeking funding from The Provident Bank Foundation must be certified as a tax exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and classified as “not a private foundation” under Section 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2). PBF seeks grantee organizations that show passion for their mission and meet high standards of governance, accountability, and fiscal management.

The Provident Bank Foundation supports not-for-profit groups, institutions, schools, and other 501(c)(3) organizations that provide valuable services to the communities served by Provident Bank.

PBF gives special consideration to two or more organizations that seek to create or expand innovative programming together to achieve measurable outcomes for the people they serve.

For more information on joint requests and collaborations, see:

PBF will not fund the following:
- Individuals
- Organizations not exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
- Organizations not classified in Section 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2)
- Organizations that use a third-party fiscal sponsor’s Tax ID number/exempt status
- Municipalities or government agencies
- Grants for scholarships to individuals
- Grants to other grant-making organizations
- Sacramental or theological functions of religious organizations
- Political causes, candidates, organizations, or campaigns
- Multi-year funding requests
- Sponsorships or fundraising events

Pre-Application Information:

2021 Major Grant Timeline:
Cycle 1:
- LOI Available: January 4 at 9:00 AM - January 22 at 3:00 PM
- Application due: March 19 at 3:00 PM
- Notification from PBF: Week of April 26
Cycle 2:
- LOI Available: July 1 at 9:00 AM - July 23 at 3:00 PM
- Application due: September 17 at 3:00 PM
- Notification from PBF: Week of November 1

If your organization is seeking a grant, the best place to start is to review PBF grant guidelines. If you have questions, contact the PBF office to schedule a time to review your questions.

Any updates to the Major Grant process will be published on the Foundation's website. Applicants are advised to monitor the website regularly if they intend to apply in 2021.

Application information:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


PBF office: Foundation@Provident.Bank

Samantha Plotino
Executive Director

Provident Bank Foundation
250 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and/or Warren County;   New York City: Astoria (Queens);   New York;   Pennsylvania: Lehigh Valley (eastern portion of Lehigh County and southeastern portion of Northampton County) and/or Bucks County

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