The Record: Relief Fund to Release First $1M in Grants
Melissa Hayes | Bergen Record
Sandy relief fund headed by Gov. Christie's wife to release first $1M in grants
A private non-profit run by Governor Christie’s wife to aid superstorm Sandy victims will release $1 million in grants to non-profit organizations and volunteer groups aiding the state’s recovery effort.
“While our board is looking at long-term needs, the board felt it was important to provide sizeable assistance to help immediate needs as well,” said Mary Pat Christie, chairwoman of the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, in a statement. “Support to these committees will provide and train more case managers to assist in the recovery process, buy building and housing supplies to equip volunteers, assist with financial counseling for victims and help community outreach efforts.”
Christie said the fund has received pledges of over $28 million to-date from more than 17,000 donors.
The charity’s board voted during its Dec. 20 meeting to release its first $1 million to Long Term Recovery Committees, which are the main coordinating groups in each county and are responsible for allocating resources to non-profits, religious and community organizations, businesses and volunteer organizations active in disasters.
It announced that decision on Thursday.
There are five such committees operating in the state and seven more potentially coming online in the near future, according to a news release from the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.
Long Term Recovery Committees will submit budgets and proposals in order to qualify for grants, which will be needs-based. Committees that receive funds would have to provide the board with an accounting of how the grant is spent.
The board is finalizing an application process and will begin accepting proposals in January for grants to non-profits throughout the state. The non-profit’s honorary board members include musicians Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Sprinsteen, television show hosts Kelly Ripa and Dr. Oz and oil executive John Hess.
“This will be the first of many ongoing disbursements in the coming weeks and months to help New Jersey come back stronger than before,” Mary Pat Christie said in the statement.