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word cloud about community givingThe nonprofit Community Foundation of South Jersey and the Orton Family Foundation are hosting a series of workshops next week for communities in eight southern counties that have fewer than 50,000 residents and are interested in applying for a $100,000 Transform New Jersey grant.

Civic leaders, individuals, and representatives of local government, community and economic development entities, and other nonprofit and philanthropic organizations are required to attend an in-person community workshop in order to apply for the grant.

The workshops will be held on various dates between Sept. 16 and Sept. 20 in all eight counties where eligible communities must be located:  Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean and Salem.  Click here for the schedule and locations of the workshops.

Five selected communities will have access to up to $100,000 in funding from the Community Foundation of South Jersey to support a full-scale “Heart & Soul” engagement; receive exclusive training, technical assistance and coaching; and get support in establishing and building their own locally controlled community endowed fund to be responsive to the priorities developed through their project.

Transform South Jersey is a collaboration between the nonprofit Community Foundation of South Jersey, New Jersey Health Initiatives (the statewide grant-making program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), the OceanFirst Foundation, the Orton Family Foundation, and the Wells Fargo Regional Community Development Corporation.

Using the Orton Family Foundation’s national model, “Community Heart & Soul,” Transform South Jersey seeks to strengthen the social, cultural and economic vibrancy of South Jersey communities by empowering residents to inform community development.

For more information about Transform New Jersey, visit the Community Foundation of South Jersey’s website or contact Erik Estrada at