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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, visit our page on ZoomGrants. 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 platform ZoomGrants for all grant applications. Each ZoomGrants application is divided into tabs containing Program Information and tabs for the application itself. Program Information tabs are found above “Applicant View,” while application tabs are below “Applicant View.”

DCD provides the following Program Information tabs (link shows example):
  1. Introduction — Summary of application
  2. Requirements — Requirements of the grant
  3. Restrictions — Restrictions on the grant
  4. Library — Documents useful for completing the application
Specific tabs will vary depending on the grant, but DCD grant applications generally require the following to be completed (links show examples):
  1. General Information/Summary — Basic info about the project and the applicant
  2. Threshold Requirements — Confirms that applicant is eligible for funding; if threshold requirements are not met the application is disqualified
  3. Application Questions/Project Overview — Detailed info about the project, including description of program, service area, target population, assessment of need, logistics, etc.
  4. Budget/Tables — Project budget and other sources of funding
  5. Project Schedule — Timetable of project activities, estimated completion date
  6. Project Performance — Estimated outcomes
  7. Attachments/Documents — Required documents are uploaded here
Useful Links — ZoomGrantsZoomGrants: A How-To Guide for Applicants

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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

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

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Open Grants

There are no grant programs open at this time. Visit ZoomGrants to apply when programs are open.

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