Relief Fund Moves $1 Million in Grants to Six County Recovery Committees
Non-Profit Application Deadline for Next Grant Cycle Totaling $5M Approaching on Friday March 15th
Staff | HSNJRF Press Release
(Morristown, NJ) - The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund announced today that six counties most affected by one of the worst disasters in state history will receive grants totaling $1 million. The grants will fund county-based non-profit organizations that are assuming greater responsibility as FEMA transitions out of New Jersey's recovery effort. Applications were received by the February 15th deadline, reviewed by staff and voted on by the Fund's Grants Committee last Thursday, February 28th. Recipients were notified late last week.
"Long Term Recovery Committees will play a significant, centralized role in managing resources, assessing need and directing local recovery efforts. While circumstances vary by county, a majority of funds will allow these emerging committees to formalize their operations and hire case workers that will directly assist victims in the months ahead," said First Lady Mary Pat Christie, Chair of the Fund. "The grants announced today are the beginning of an ongoing partnership with LTRCs on our shared road to recovery."
The Federal Emergency Management Agency strongly encourages the creation of LTRCs in the wake of a disaster to ensure there are established organizations in place able to continue the recovery effort, long after they and other immediate relief organizations like the Red Cross move on from the area. Moving forward, LTRCs will be eligible to seek additional funding in forthcoming grant cycles.
"Communities like Moonachie and Little Ferry are far north of the terrible destruction seen along the shore, but we face identical challenges with flooded out schools, homes and businesses. With this grant we can ramp up our efforts to assess damage and bring direct assistance to residents impacted by the storm," said Janet Sharma, executive director of the Volunteer Center of Bergen County which heads the county VOAD's Long Term Recovery Committee. "We'll be able not only to help with mold remediation and rebuilding, but also to help victims with the mountains of paperwork generated by FEMA and insurance claims. We also plan to bring on a construction coordinator to provide cost estimates and to oversee home rebuilding efforts. We're excited about the critical support this grant will provide."
"We look forward to a continued partnership with the Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund in the months ahead, and are very appreciative of the support their donors and staff are providing us," said Tim Hearne, Jr., who serves as President & CEO of the United Way of Monmouth County and Treasurer of the Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group which formed in December. "We anticipate over 5,000 applications for assistance from Monmouth families, and this grant will help us process those requests quickly with more caseworkers, expand warehouse space for rebuilding supplies and ensure residents can return to safe, secure and sanitary housing in one of the hardest hit areas of the state."
The following Long Term Recovery Committees will share $1 million in grants:
- Atlantic County Long Term Recovery Group Recovery Program - $100,000
- Bergen County VOAD Long Term Recovery Committee - $200,000
- Cape May County Long Term Recovery Program - $50,000
- Middlesex County Center for Disaster Relief - $150,000
- Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group - $250,000
- Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group - $250,000
Additionally, in February the Fund announced an open grant application for all non-profits engaged in the rebuilding effort, totaling $5 million in available aid. To date, over 100 applications have been submitted, with more expected prior to the March 15th deadline. Additional grant cycles will be forthcoming. The application and eligibility criteria can be accessed on the Fund's website at www.SandyNJReliefFund.org, which designates four focus areas: housing assistance, social services, financial and legal aid, and economic/workforce development.
Donors interested in making an immediate contribution can visit the Fund online at www.SandyNJReliefFund.org. Checks sent by US mail can be made payable to the "Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund" and sent to:
Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund
PO Box 6200
Merrifield, VA 22116-6200
General correspondence to the Fund can be sent via US mail to PO Box 95, Mendham NJ 07945-0095. Donors can also make an immediate, one-time $10 donation directly to their phone bill by texting "SANDY" to 20222. Message and data rates may apply.