Provident Bank Foundation awards major grants

By Eric Strauss
Morristown | May 11, 2018 at 10:49 am

The Provident Bank Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Jersey City-based Provident Bank, announced the recipients of its First Cycle 2018 Major Grants on Friday, awarding more than $200,000 to nonprofits in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The Morristown-based foundation said in a news release that its major grants fund projects or programs that address one of its priority areas: community enrichment, education and health, youth and families. The grants provide between $5,000 and $25,000 in funding.

“The level of diversity and depth of the organizations and programs selected for this year’s first cycle of major grants truly amazes us, and we are so proud to invest in these initiatives,” Jane Kurek, the foundation’s executive director, said in a prepared statement. “The foundation looks forward to further developing such collaborative partnerships, which will give way happier, healthier and safer communities.”

New Jersey grant recipients include:

  • Link Education Partners Inc.: $25,000 to support the Link Enrichment Program for disadvantaged middle-school students;
  • State Theatre New Jersey: $25,000 to support the Community Access Initiative for local children and families;
  • Bergen Performing Arts Center: $20,000 to support the Voices in Harmony Special Needs Program for special-needs students;
  • Newark Museum: $20,000 to support the Explorers Program learning experience;
  • The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide: $20,000 to support expansion of suicide prevention efforts;
  • Mayo Performing Arts Center: $15,000 to support the Miracle Project for youth with autism and other special needs;
  • PEI Kids: $10,000 to support the Child Assault Prevention and Crisis Intervention program for elementary students;
  • The RWJ University Hospital Foundation: $10,000 to support the Safety Ambassador Program to reduce accidental childhood injuries;
  • The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey: $10,000 to support the 22nd touring season of Shakespeare LIVE! For students;
  • Count Basie Theatre: $7,500 to support education and community outreach for students;
  • WomenRising Inc.: $7,500 to support the Workforce Development & Digital Literacy Training Center for women seeking employment;
  • New Jersey Chamber of Commerce: $7,000 to support the Jobs for New Jersey’s Graduates program for at-risk students.