Department Contact Info

  • phone(201) 547-6910
  • fax(201) 547-5104
  • 4 Jackson Square (aka 39 Kearney Ave)
    Jersey City, NJ 07305

    Carmen Gandulla, Director

  • Directions

GRANT PROGRAMS

The Division of Community Development (DCD) is responsible for administering federal grant programs funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. DCD also assists in managing the City of Jersey City’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

More information on our grants can be found in the presentation from our technical assistance session. To view and apply for open grants, please visit our software, Neighborly Software. To learn about our specific grant programs, check out the menu to the left or click on the buttons below. For general information on our grant cycle, visit What We Do. For application assistance, keep reading.

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Our Grant Programs
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How to Apply

DCD uses the online software, Neighborly Software for all grant applications. Applicants should visit the website as soon as possible to register as a user. Detailed instructions regarding how to complete the application are included within the website. However, access to the application and instructions will not be available until the application is opened for submissions.

IMPORTANT NOTICE
1) Applicants will be required to upload an extensive list of documents, some provided by DCD and filled out by the applicant, and others obtained directly by the applicant.

2) In order to submit a responsive, fully competitive proposal and maximize the scoring potential of the application, all application filing requirements must be closely followed, and all information requested in the application must be responded to completely.
3) Hard copy applications, binders and/or CDs, are not required and will not be accepted in lieu of an online application submission.


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Application Tips

Grant writing is not easy. For advice on how to craft a strong application, please review the Guidelines for Successful Proposals presentation from the Housing & Community Development Network of New Jersey (HCDNNJ). Other useful links are listed below. The best proposal will clearly explain why a project is needed, how the project will address that need, and how the organization is capable of carrying out the project. Be sure to closely read the Request for Proposal (RFP).

Useful Links — DCD Grant LingoSample ApplicationGuidelines for Successful Proposals, 2017 Technical Assistance – OverviewTips and Tricks for Writing a Winning Grant SubmissionThe Grantsmanship Center

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Other Resources

It is important for organizations to develop diverse sources of funding. The Alternative Funding Strategies presentation from HCDNNJ outlines the various options that nonprofit groups can turn to for money.

Catchafire is an extremely potent online tool for nonprofit organizations. It matches organizations with professionals that want to donate their skills for pro bono work. Essentially, it is free consulting for services like grant writing, fundraising, auditing, data analysis, etc. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is sponsoring Catchafire in New Jersey, so it’s completely free for all nonprofit organizations in the state. At DCD, we have already used it to design a new logo and audit the Division’s website. We encourage everyone to take advantage of Catchafire before the sponsorship ends on March 2019. For more, visit rwjf.catchafire.org.

Useful Links — Alternative Funding Strategies, Catchafire, FAQs About Catchafire, Grants.gov, Foundation Directory Online

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Open Grants

The Neighborly Software is now open for:

Public Services (CDBG-PS, HOPWA, CSBG, ESG): Nov. 15 2021-Dec. 15 2021

Housing Grants, CDBG-PF: Aug. 31 2021-

To see an archive of all announcements, visit our News and Updates page.
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Reference Library