New Jersey Health Initiatives - A Better State of Health
A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Program
COVID-19 Resources

These unprecedented times are spotlighting community coalitions’ longstanding commitment to giving everyone in New Jersey a fair and just opportunity to live the healthiest life possible. We will update this page with information and resources that might be helpful to those working to build healthier and more equitable communities amid the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. We encourage you to share these resources with your partners, nonprofit colleagues, and anyone else you think will find the information useful. Please send resources to share to info@njhi.org.

A Message from the NJHI Leadership Team

A Message from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to Current Grantees

Upcoming Conversations

  • Tuesday, August 11 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET
    “Why Data Matter? The Role of Data for an Equitable COVID-19 Response,” a #SaludTues Tweetchat
    Join Salud America!, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps and City Health Dashboard for a Tweetchat exploring 1) the use of data in promoting health equity, 2) the role of data in demonstrating health issues and telling community stories, and 3) strategies for using data in local work, research and more. 
  • Thursday, August 13 at 11:00 a.m. ET
    “Health Equity, Racism and This Moment in Time,” a Hastings Conversation
    Our nation is facing three simultaneous crises—in public health, in the economy, and in the American relationship to race. On August 13, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President and CEO Richard Besser, MD, will join Herminia Palacio, President of The Guttmacher Institute, and Mildred Z. Solomon, President of The Hastings Center, to discuss whether we can seize the moment and advance health and well-being for all of us, and the best ways to proceed. This webinar is the first in a new series of Hastings Conversations called  “Securing Health in a Troubled Time: Equity, Ethics, and the Common Good.” The series will examine the social causes of health inequities and identify policies and practices to achieve healthier lives for all.

Recurring National Call Coronavirus and Homelessness/Housing
The Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition will lead recurring national calls on Coronavirus and Homelessness/Housing every Monday at 2:30 p.m. ET. Housing and homelessness advocates nationwide will learn how federal, state, and local governments are responding to the Coronavirus pandemic and its impact on people experiencing homelessness and low-income households.

Health Equity and Social Solidarity in the Time of Pandemic: Strategies for COVID-19 Response and Recovery
This County Health Rankings & Roadmaps webinar series highlights the challenges communities are facing as they respond to COVID-19 and its impacts, and serve as an opportunity for community leaders across the nation to learn from lead researchers, policymakers and each other. A recording of past webinars in the series are also available at the above link.


Funding Opportunities

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Provides $50 Million to Support Those Facing Greatest Strain Under the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will provide $50 million in immediate short-term relief to several national and community organizations to help some of the families and communities feeling the greatest strain under the COVID-19 health emergency. This includes $5 million for relief efforts in RWJF’s home state of New Jersey, currently being hit particularly hard by the virus. Funding made available through New Jersey Health Initiatives (NJHI) will support the response in small New Jersey communities and portions of the state with less access to charitable funds. Information regarding the application process will be available soon.

Building Healthier, More Equitable Communities in New Jersey
The Building Healthier, More Equitable Communities (BHEC) initiative aims to address the barriers to better health by improving the built environment and community investment system. An initiative of Reinvestment Fund, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, BHEC will work with four cities by allocating financial and other supports to further their plans for an equitable recovery from the current health and economic crisis and advance community development aimed to improve the well-being of New Jerseyans. The deadline to apply was Friday, July 17. Applicants with questions about next steps are encouraged to contact BHEC at info@bhecnj.org.

Garden State Relief Fund
The New Jersey Community Capital Garden State Relief Fund provides financial support for those that often lack access to conventional capital and have been disproportionally affected by this evolving public health crisis.

Loans Available for Nonprofits in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act
The CARES Act (Public Law 116-136) defined a number of programs that charitable nonprofits will be eligible to apply for. The National Council of Nonprofits’ comparison chart provides information on those loan options, eligibility criteria, terms, and application information.

New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Emergency COVID-19 Relief Programs
A package of initiatives from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority includes a second phase of the Small Business Emergency Grant Assistance Program, a zero-interest loan program for mid-size companies, support for private-sector lenders and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), funding for entrepreneurs, and a variety of resources providing technical support and marketplace information. Applications for the various programs are available now or will become available shortly; see each program page for details. Businesses are encouraged to see what they may qualify for using the NJ COVID-19 Business Support Eligibility Wizard.

South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund
Hosted by the Community Foundation of South Jersey, the South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund will support local 501(c)3 non-profit agencies as they adapt internally and programmatically to assist neighbors and continue to deliver on their missions during this turbulent time. Eligible organizations’ areas of operation are Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean and Salem counties. A third round of grants has been awarded. Funding will be released on a rolling basis. View the Fund prospectus for details and application guidelines.

The Princeton Area Community Foundation COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund
The Princeton Area Community Foundation (PACF) is accepting applications for the COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund, which supports nonprofits working with the most vulnerable residents in Mercer County and the surrounding region. Applications will be accepted daily, and requests are for unrestricted support. The initial round of COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund grants have been awarded, and total nearly $700,000 to more than 30 nonprofits. In addition, PACF offers a list of resources for the non-profit and philanthropic communities on its web site.

New Jersey Child Nutrition Fund
While the application window for New Jersey Child Nutrition Fund COVID-19 Emergency Meal Grants is now closed, organizations can still apply for Program Expansion Awards. The funding is available through the New Jersey Child Nutrition Fund, created and administered by the Reinvestment Fund, and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF)
Hosted by the Community Foundation of New Jersey, NJPRF will provide grants to existing organizations with a demonstrated track record of caring for vulnerable communities. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Advance Loan
This loan advance will provide economic relief to small businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program
This SBA loan program helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

Community-Level Resources

Hammonton
The community of Hammonton has established a Coronavirus Task Force, which is providing guidance and assistance to Hammonton residents, businesses and volunteers on the Destination Hammonton web site.

Hunterdon County
The Central Jersey Family Health Consortium is compiling information about available resources for Hunterdon County residents and organizations on its web site.

Mercer County
The Central Jersey Family Health Consortium is compiling information about available resources for Mercer County residents and organizations on its web site.

Middlesex County
The East Brunswick Public Library is updating its health portal with information and available community, state and national resources specific to COVID-19.

Middlesex County
The Central Jersey Family Health Consortium is compiling information about available resources for Middlesex County residents and organizations on its web site.

Monmouth County
The Central Jersey Family Health Consortium is compiling information about available resources for Monmouth County residents and organizations on its web site.

New Jersey Heartland
The New Jersey Heartland web site offers information and resources specific to the businesses and residents of Atlantic, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties.

Ocean County
The Central Jersey Family Health Consortium is compiling information about available resources for Ocean County residents and organizations on its web site.

Plainfield
In addition to presenting weekly updates on Facebook Live and YouTube, the City of Plainfield is providing information regarding available resources on its Novel Coronavirus web page.

Somerset County
The Central Jersey Family Health Consortium is compiling information about available resources for Somerset County residents and organizations on its web site.

Trenton
Community partners from across Trenton are sharing information regarding COVID-19 testing sites, food pantry and pharmacy locations, and more on the Trenton Health Team web site.

State-Level Resources

Cancer Support Community of Central New Jersey Virtual Programming and Resources
The Cancer Support Community of Central New Jersey is providing virtual programming, in addition to resources and information to support individuals and families. Complete details are available on its web site.

Center for Non-Profits’ COVID-19 Resource Page
The Center for Non-Profits’ compilation includes information about loans and government relief, workplace operational resources and more.

Creative New Jersey COVID-19 Response Statewide Conversations
Creative New Jersey convened weekly statewide conversations in April, May and June to advance the dialogue around the critical issues facing communities, as well as share timely and accurate information. Click the above link to browse summaries, recordings of the conversations and additional resources.

COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus New Jersey Business Information Hub 
The New Jersey Business Action Center, a business-first advocacy team within the NJ Department of State, answers frequently asked questions economic assistance and operational guidance for businesses.

Mental Health Association in New Jersey, Inc. Virtual Support and Learning Opportunities
The Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ) has put several phone and virtual services in place to provide continual support and unique learning opportunities during these challenging times. The MHANJ Virtual Support and Learning Opportunities web page features information about services and trainings to support individuals, families, peers and professionals. The web page also includes information about MHANJ’s county virtual support groups, educational sessions and programs, which are open to everyone.

Recording – COVID-19 and the Cares Act: a New Jersey Policy Perspective Facebook Live Discussion with Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman
In April, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) joined New Jersey Policy Perspective President Brandon McKoy for a Facebook Live discussion on the federal government’s response to COVID-19. The event included an in-depth discussion of the CARES Act and recommended what should be prioritized in the next federal stimulus bill.

New Jersey Community Asset Map by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs
This interactive mapping tool allows users to view assets, amenities, and special designations in New Jersey’s 565 municipalities including economic, housing and demographic data to help users gain a better understanding of the characteristics and amenities within New Jersey communities.

Progress 2020: Policy for the People Virtual Speaker Series
This virtual speaker series from New Jersey Policy Perspective explores long-term solutions that spread prosperity to every resident in every corner of the state. Click the link above to view recordings from the series.

State of New Jersey COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Eligibility Wizard
This beta Eligibility Wizard focuses on newly announced State Emergency Assistance programs and the U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loan program to make it easy for organizations to understand what support programs are available to them.

State of New Jersey Department of Human Services COVID-19 Guidance
The New Jersey Department of Human Services offers COVID-19 information and resources for individuals, families and providers.

The COVID-19 Information Hub for New Jersey
The State of New Jersey‘s COVID-19 Hub web site offers real-time updates, critical resources, expert knowledge and vital information for the state. Users can ask questions, search a data dashboard of COVID-19 cases by county, and more.

COVID-19 Nonprofit Resources
The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation shares relevant and helpful articles, tools, and virtual training events from trusted partners in the field to support the capacity-building needs at nonprofit organizations at this critical time.

Recording – Running Effective Virtual Public Meetings
The current COVID-19 crisis has forced local governments to adapt the way they interact with their residents. Public meetings are a perfect example of such technological adaptations. Click on the registration link above to view a recording of the April 17 Sustainable Jersey webinar featuring New Jersey municipalities’ approaches to hosting online public meetings and handling public participation using virtual technology.

Mid-Atlantic Regional Resources

Financial Information and Resources for Nonprofits
Pro Bono Partnership, an organization that provides business and transactional legal services to nonprofit organizations serving the disadvantaged or enhancing the quality of life in neighborhoods in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut has compiled specific financial information and resources on its web site.

National Resources

All In: Data for Community Health Interoperability Proving Ground
The Interoperability Proving Ground (IPG) is an open community platform to share, learn, and be inspired by interoperability projects taking place across the nation. Organizations and individuals working on a COVID-19 interoperability project will have the ability to share their work through the IPG and tag it “COVID-19.” If communities share their efforts, the health IT community can come together in the most nimble way possible to provide tools that can help fight this pandemic.

BUILD Health Challenge COVID-19 Specific Resources/Templates/Tools for Organizations
The BUILD Health Challenge offers a brief list of COVID-19 related community resources on its blog.

Contact Tracing Workforce Estimator
A workforce tool created by researchers at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health estimates that the nation will need a total of 184,000 COVID-19 contact tracers in order to help society safely reopen and limit the size of future waves of the virus. The tool will help state and local health departments determine the number of staff needed to effectively identify and trace people who have been in contact with new cases of COVID-19 and slow the spread of the virus. The tool was developed in collaboration with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). Learn more about the tool on the NACCHO website.

COVID-19 Response and Homelessness: An Action and Resource Guide
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides guidance for service providers and includes resources from HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs.

COVID-19 Response and Resources from the Build Healthy Places Network
The Build Healthy Places Network has reviewed articles, useful tools, best practices, and promising policies that are emerging from the community development and health sectors in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and categorized them across several themes with an emphasis on cross-sector collaboration.

COVID-19: Policies to Protect People and Communities 
How can the nation respond in the short term to keep all people safe and the economy afloat? What policies could help all of us recover in a way that is inclusive and equitable? The Urban Institute answers tough questions with unbiased, rigorous research and evidence-based solutions in the focus areas of Child Care and Education, Housing Policy, Small Business and Community Development, Workers, Work Supports and Basic Needs, and more.

Independent Sector Information on COVID-19
Independent Sector is the only national membership organization that brings together the charitable community—a diverse set of nonprofits, foundations, and corporations—to advance the common good.

Nine Questions About How to Get the Coronavirus Stimulus Funds, Answered
This Vox article explains how to access the direct payments, unemployment insurance, and small-business loans in the CARES Act.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Hub
Through its COVID-19 Hub, the CDC provides national updates and resources for individuals, families, organizations and communities.

County Health Roadmaps & Rankings: COVID-19 Response and Recovery Work 
As communities across the nation transition from response to recovery, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps has developed a compilation of resources on its web site. Individuals and organizations can browse the compilation to access evidence-based What Works for Health COVID-19 strategies, action learning guides on data and equity, the US COVID Atlas county-level data tool and a special webinar series that shines a light on challenges facing specific communities and populations affected by COVID-19 and how people are responding with equitable approaches.

COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index
The Surgo Foundation has developed the COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index to inform the allocation of resources to meet the greatest needs. The index is part of a suite of resources designed to bring greater precision to response efforts.

COVID Local Risk Index on the City Health Dashboard
City Health Dashboard has introduced a risk index for the 500 largest cities to help community leaders better understand the potential impact of COVID-19 at the local level. For smaller communities, City Health Dashboard provides other resources all cities can use.

COVID-19 Quick Maps by PolicyMap
This publicly available (beta) application focuses on answering crucial questions faced by communities dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 virus. This application features more than 10 datasets, including the severe COVID-19 Health Risk Index created by PolicyMap for the New York Times, COVID-19 testing rates as reported by the COVID Tracking Project, and homeless population counts from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

RWJF State Network: COVID-19 Resources
State Network is a resource hub for advancing health at the state level, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This resource hub consolidates timely, high-quality resources state policymakers can use to inform their response to the pandemic.

The Kresge Foundation COVID-19 Resources Page
National COVID-19 resources are organized in the areas of Education, Environment, Health, Human Services and Social Investment Practice on the Kresge Foundation web site.

The National League of Cities COVID-19: Local Action Tracker
The National League of Cities (NLC) and Bloomberg Philanthropies are partnering to collect and share actions taken by local leaders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal is to ensure mayors, city leaders, and other local decision-makers have the information they need to lead their communities through this crisis.

The National Council of Nonprofits’ Nonprofits and Coronavirus, COVID-19 Page
The National Council of Nonprofits, of which the NJ Center for Nonprofits is a member, regularly updates its web site with the latest information and resources that nonprofits can use to prepare and respond.

The National Low Income Housing Coalition COVID-19 Page and Disaster Recovery Housing Coalition
The National Low Income Housing Coalition’s compilation of housing and homelessness resources specific to COVID-19 includes information on evictions and foreclosure moratoriums, regulatory actions and recommendations. The Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition will lead recurring national calls on Coronavirus and Homelessness/Housing every Monday at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Webinar Recording – Federal Coronavirus Relief Bills: What Do They Mean for Nonprofits?
A recording is now available of this National Council of Nonprofits presentation to help all in the charitable community understand what various provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) mean for nonprofits.

Webinar Recording – What’s Next for COVID-19 Relief for Nonprofits?
Millions of nonprofits have applied for relief through the CARES Act, but more relief is still needed. View the recording of the April 9 Independent Sector webinar presentation about the relief efforts and additional federal policies to provide resources for nonprofits and the communities they serve.

Webinar Recording – Youth Count: Engaging Youth in COVID-19 Crisis Recovery 
This webinar presented by Community Science brought together youth leaders to discuss the work they have been doing to respond to the disaster and strengthen their communities, and identify the types of supports needed in the road to recovery. Register to view a recording of the June 11 conversation.

Webinar Recordings Trust for America’s Health Webinar Series: COVID-19- Special Issues and Responses
The Trust for America’s Health COVID-19 Special Issues and Responses webinar series explores topics such as: Advancing Health Equity During and Beyond COVID-19: Addressing Housing and Homelessness; Protecting Older Adults from the Harms of Social Isolation and Providing a Continuum of Care During COVID-19, and more.

Webinar Recording – Housing Justice amid COVID-19: A Roundtable Discussion
Nonprofit Quarterly, in partnership with Shelterforce presented this July 1 webinar exploring the impact of structural racism on housing opportunity and housing markets, what it means to “cancel rent,” how to use CARES dollars to protect tenants in your community, and more.

In addition, the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey joined housing advocates from across the country for a Shelterforce roundtable on racial equity, housing and COVID. Read the interview here.

Philanthropic Response

Council of New Jersey Grantmakers
The Council of New Jersey Grantmakers (CNJG) has gathered a number of articles, resources, and events that philanthropy should know about. CNJG is also helping track philanthropy’s response to the coronavirus pandemic by continuing its “Get on the Map” Campaign partnership with Candid, who has launched a coronavirus map in response to funders’ requests. See a compilation of Council members’ actions here.

Candid.org: Funding Opportunities Specific to COVID-19
This hub of requests for proposals, a funding summary and news items is available to nonprofits seeking support because of the crisis, funders who wish to learn what their peers are doing, the media, and all who wish to know more about philanthropy’s response to the pandemic. Candid is a nonprofit organization founded from the 2019 merger of the Foundation Center and GuideStar.

Communications Resources

Coronavirus Print and Social Media Graphics
Canva offers a collection of easy-to-use design templates for creating print and social media campaigns specific to the COVID-19 crisis.

Coronavirus Visual Communication Resources by The Noun Project
The Noun Project, a platform for visual communication, has organized a set of icons and guidance to help organizations communicate important hygiene, health and wellness information on signage and posters, newsletters, teaching materials and more during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Framing COVID-19: Guidance from the FrameWorks Institute
The FrameWorks Institute, a nonprofit think tank that advances the mission-driven sector’s capacity to frame the public discourse about social and scientific issues, provides guidance from its 20 years of framing research and practice to help advocates and experts explain health, enhance community and offer hope.

Public Health Reaching Across Sectors (PHRASES) Strategic Messaging Toolkit
PHRASES, a partnership of de Beaumont Foundation and The Aspen Institute, is designed to improve the ability of public health professionals to communicate the impact and value of the public health field to other sectors in language that resonates and fosters alliances. PHRASES has developed toolkits for public health professionals to motivate the public and other sectors to support public health. These messaging tools include sample messaging, “winning words,” practical tools, and other strategies.

Print Resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 
The CDC offers factsheets, posters and other print materials specific to COVID-19 in English, Korean, Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic and additional languages. These print resources are part of a larger set of communications resources available on the CDC web site.

Webinar Recording – Using Social Media to Tell Your Story
This presentation by the New Jersey Healthy Communities Network provides approaches organizations can use to enhance their messaging within and beyond the communities they serve.