Cooper Foundation accepting applications for first-ever Camden City Community Grant Program

The Cooper Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Cooper University Health Care, is accepting applications for the first-ever Camden City Community Grant Program, according to George E. Norcross III, chairman of the Camden-based hospital’s board of trustees.

The grants, Norcross said, will be awarded over the next five years to Camden City-based nonprofits “committed to making Camden a healthier place to live, work, learn and play.”

The program is designed to address social determinants of health, including employment, education, literacy, childhood experience, physical environment, social and community support, and nutrition and arts.

Grants will range from $500 to $5,000 and be awarded to applicants that focus on one of the following “Community Building Activities”:

  • Physical improvements and housing;
  • Economic development;
  • Community support;
  • Enviromental improvements;
  • Leadership development and training for community members;
  • Coalition building;
  • Community health improvement advocacy;
  • Workforce development.

The program was initially announced in January by The Norcross Foundation, The Michaels Organization, NFI and The Cooper Foundation.

Grant applications are due on Nov. 8 at 3 p.m. Guidelines, eligibility and applications are available here.