SUPERSTORM SANDY RECOVERY FUND SEEKING GRANT PROPOSALS
By Harvy Lipman/The Record
February 6, 2013
Non-profits and other groups with ideas for helping communities with the long-term recovery from superstorm Sandy can start applying for $5 million in grants from a fund established by two of the state’s largest foundations.
The New Jersey Recovery Fund has raised most of its money from charitable and corporate foundations around the country. The fund was put together by two of the state’s leading foundations: the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Community Foundation of New Jersey, both based in Morristown.
While the fund has given out about $250,000 in what Community Foundation president Hans Dekker described as “emergency small grants” to non-profits affected by the storm, its main focus is longer-term needs. Those include rebuilding homes and infrastructure to make them more resistant to future storms, innovations in regional planning to reduce communities’ vulnerabilities, and environmental protection projects.