PSEG Foundation to make $1.2M available to nonprofits in annual Neighborhood Partners Program

The PSEG Foundation is now accepting applications from nonprofit organizations for its 10th consecutive year of the Neighborhood Partners Program.

The foundation said it is making a total of $1.2 million in grant funds available for eligible 501(c)(3) organizations, marking a 20% increase from last year’s $1 million. Grants ranging from approximately $500 to $15,000 will be awarded sometime from September to November.

This year’s theme is focused on organizations promoting environmental stability and social justice. Awardees will be selected based on demonstrated program effectiveness, depth, breadth and overall alignment with the PSEG Foundation strategic pillars: environmental sustainability, social justice, and equity and economic empowerment.

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The foundation has donated more than $6.7 million to 390 groups since its inception.

PSEG Foundation President Calvin Ledford Jr. emphasized the importance of properly distributing resources.

“As the Neighborhood Partners Program celebrates a decade of impact, the PSEG Foundation has been purposeful about resourcing nonprofits with the fundamental needs that build strong, resilient and sustainable communities,” Ledford said. “In collaboration with our nonprofit partners, we are advancing towards a future where all people progress while also preserving the environment for future generations.”

Newark Community Street Team co-founder Aqeela Sherrills shared how support from NPP enabled the organization to further improve the community.

“The Newark Community Street Team reduces violence in many ways, one of which is bringing healing and beauty to the neighborhood we serve,” Sherrills said. “We have just finished construction on our Trauma Recovery Center and the $11,000 we received from the Neighborhood Partners Program since 2011 is supporting the development of a healing garden on the grounds. We appreciate the support.”

Great Swamp Watershed Association Executive Director Sally Rubin was grateful for the support from the foundation.

“We are grateful for the over 20 years of support Great Swamp Watershed Association has received from the PSEG Foundation,” Rubin said. “The foundation support was indeed the ‘foundation’ of our extraordinary environmental education program. We now educate over 2,500 students as well as over 2,000 adults annually. It is through generous partners like (Public Service Enterprise Group) that we can all truly make a difference in our communities.”