Funding Guidelines


We seek partners who identify and advocate for vulnerable populations, propose innovative strategies to address unmet community health needs, build on existing assets, and continuously measure their efforts to ensure impact and improve performance. The Foundation also encourages initiatives that are replicable and sustainable.

Not-for-profit organizations providing direct service to the following 15 communities are eligible for grants from Partners for Health: Bloomfield, Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Clifton, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Glen Ridge, Little Falls, Montclair, North Caldwell, Nutley, Roseland, Verona, West Caldwell and West Orange.


Funding Priorities

Partners for Health invests in programs and policies that lead to healthy communities and healthy lifestyles. The Foundation focuses its support on these priority areas:

  • Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Hunger and Homelessness
  • Mental Health
  • Aging in our Communities

Evidence suggests that non-profits that collaborate and coordinate efforts can make a greater impact. Therefore, priority will be given to those proposals that demonstrate collaborative efforts.

Chronic Disease Prevention

Partners for Health welcomes proposals that support making the healthy choice the easy choice by following the three recommendations for healthy eating and active from the Centers for Disease Control:

  • Encouraging communities to organize for change
  • Creating safe communities that support physical activity
  • Promoting the availability of healthy and affordable food and beverages

We also seek proposals that aim to:

  • Foster healthy people in healthy places through policy and environmental changes that make it easy to eat well and move naturally in day to day activities
  • Develop strategies to help us live longer, better lives where we live, learn, work and play
  • Implement strategies that have been developed by Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) partners, which include:
    • Increasing access to and use of recreational environments
    • Implementing complete streets
    • Promoting pedestrian and bicyclist safety
    • Implementing active living policies and practices
    • Developing healthy eating policies and practices
    • Increasing the number of food retailers offering affordable, healthy food
    • Increasing access to comprehensive health care

Hunger and Homelessness

Food and housing insecurity negatively impacts the health and wellness of our neighbors. Partners for Health encourages the submission of proposals that:

  • Improve the housing stability and economic security of local residents
  • Advocate for the systemic changes needed to end homelessness in our communities
  • Increase access to emergency housing

Through Partners for Health’s hunger and homelessness matching grants program, designated local agencies can receive general operating funds. For more information on the matching grants program, please click here.

Food pantries and soup kitchens that are located in our service area and are members of the Community Food Bank of New Jersey may be eligible for produce purchasing grants; please contact us for more information.

Mental Health

Partners for Health seeks to fund projects that reduce stigma and increase access to supportive behavioral health services. We welcome proposals that:

  • Positively impact the delivery of and access to affordable behavioral health services
  • Create systemic change to promote and foster youth resiliency
  • Address the mental health needs of our aging residents by providing comprehensive case management and coordinated care services

Aging in Our Communities

Partners for Health funds efforts to implement policies that ensure older residents can thrive in their home community for as long as possible. The goal is to transform communities from a good place to live into a great place in which to grow older. Partners for Health encourages proposals that promote age-friendly strategies and practices, particularly those that enhance the World Health Organization’s 8 Domains for Age Friendly Cities.

  • Outdoor Spaces and Buildings
    • Age friendly pavements, overall accessibility and safe environments
  • Transportation
    • Availability, reliability and frequency of public transportation, and age-friendly vehicles
  • Housing
    • Affordability, housing options and access to services
  • Social Participation
    • Access and awareness of activities and events, and encouragement of participation while addressing isolation
  • Respect and Social Inclusion
    • Social engagement within the community, helpfulness of the community and economic inclusion
  • Civic Participation and Employment
    • Volunteering and employment opportunities
  • Communication and Information
    • Age-friendly formats and designs
  • Community and Health Services
    • Accessible care, home care, and networks of community services

Other Funding Opportunities

Health Opportunity Fund

Nurturing and supporting healthy communities is not a static endeavor. The emerging needs of our communities may not fall neatly into one of the focus areas outlined above. Partners for Health believes it is important to be responsive to opportunities that may arise, that are critical to the overall health of our 15 communities.

The Foundation annually sets aside funding for special initiatives that advance our vision and mission. These initiatives, considered on a case by case basis, may address unforeseen or emergent needs.

Community Gardens

The Partners for Health Community Garden Fund was created to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables in the Montclair area. A complete description of our community garden guidelines can be downloaded by clicking here. Three levels of garden funding are available:

  • Level 1: Seeds and Tools up to $500
  • Level 2: Seeds, Raised Beds and Soil up to $3,000
  • Level 3: Seeds, Beds and Supplies and Storage up to $5,000

Small Grants

This application can be used to request funding for projects with a budget of $10,000 or less. The project must address one of Partners for Health Foundation’s funding priorities. Requests are reviewed on a rolling-basis.

Nursing Scholarships

Partners for Health Foundation also has a Nursing Scholarship Fund. Junior and senior students enrolled in nursing degree programs at Bloomfield College and Caldwell University are currently eligible.

The nursing scholarship program is administered by the Independent College Fund of New Jersey. Please direct all queries here.

If you are unsure which is the best fit for your grant request, please complete the form below before beginning your application.

Please be sure to review the Foundation's funding guidelines to ensure that your proposal meets our basic requirements.