The Montclair Foundation awarded $54,500 to ten area nonprofit organizations for projects or programs that benefit Montclair residents and neighboring communities. 

Grants were awarded to support programs in human services, arts, youth education, and senior services, according to a Montclair Foundation press release.

“Every one of these causes is remarkable,” Peggy Murphy Deehan, grants committee chair, said in the release. “We hope these grant awards will advance equity, improve education, help with food insecurity and create a healthy, vibrant community for years to come.” 

Grants were awarded to the following nonprofit organizations:

Connections at Home: Funding will support homebound seniors in Montclair, through
paying for their tech support, internet connectivity, senior-friendly software, tablet subscriptions, ongoing tech training and regular interaction with social workers.

COPE Center: Funding for general support of counseling services and education on behalf of
families in Montclair.

Family Promise of Essex County: General operating support for local families who are
experiencing homelessness, financial crisis or need ongoing support to help families maintain
their housing stability and increase self-sufficiency.

Human Needs Food Pantry: General operating support to purchase protein for their
constituents.

Jazz House Kids Inc.: Funding will underwrite three Jazz Explorers presentations at the Family
Jazz Discovery Zone during the 2022 Jazz Festival. Participants will learn about the Black musical heritage from which jazz sprung and its multicultural roots celebrated around the world today.

Montclair Historical Society: Funding will offset the costs of completing the planning phase of an ADA site plan. The site plan will serve as a blueprint to allow for more efficient circulation,
parking, lighting, and building access for all visitors regardless of physical ability.

Neighborhood Child & Infant Care Center, Inc.: Funding to purchase updated furniture for their
classrooms.

Northeast Earth Coalition, Inc.: Funding for general operating support to expand its programs
such as the Free Little Pantries, community gardens, and delivery of food.

Pushcart Players: Funding for professional theater performances in Montclair elementary
schools. Performances address social studies, literature, history, the autism spectrum, special
educational needs and values clarification for young people, their families and their educators.

Succeed2gether: Funding for general operating support of their tutoring and mentoring
programs.

Vanguard Theater Company: Funding support for their Broadway on Bloomfield series.
The deadline for fall grant opportunities is Tuesday, September 13.

The grant portal will open to applicants on Tuesday, August 9. For more information visit the Montclair Foundation website, montclairfoundation.org.