NJDOL awards $1.5M in grants to boost access to worker benefits, protections

The New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development has awarded $1.5 million through a second round of the Cultivating Access, Rights and Equity grant program to 17 grantees, including three collaboratives comprising nine organizations.

The DOL established the CARE grant to facilitate equitable outreach, education and access to New Jersey’s many generous benefits and protections for eligible workers, including temporary disability insurance, family leave insurance and earned sick leave.

The current funding round continues these goals and expands the grant’s focus to include raising employer awareness of these programs and enhancing their capacity to support employees taking leave.

The grant includes additional one-time funding for outreach and education on unemployment insurance to workers and service providers.

The grantees:

  • N.J. Citizen Action Education Fund: $275,000;
  • Legal Services of New Jersey: $135,000;
  • Lakewood Resource and Referral Center: $120,000;
  • Immigration and American Citizenship Organization: $105,000;
  • Jefferson Park Ministries: $105,000;
  • Perinatal Health Equity Foundation: $90,000;
  • Farmers Worker Support Committee: $80,000;
  • The Children’s Home Society of N.J.: $75,000;
  • VietLead: $75,000;
  • North Hudson Community Action Corp.: $70,000;
  • Centro Comunitario CEUS: $65,000;
  • Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund: $55,000;
  • Employers Association of N.J.: $50,000;
  • MOCEANS Center for Independent Living Inc: $50,000;
  • The Hoboken Public Library: $50,000;
  • Second Street Youth Center Foundation: $50,000;
  • Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey: $50,000.