PSEG Foundation Opens Applications for 10th Annual Neighborhood Partners Program

The PSEG Foundation has announced the opening of applications for the 10th year of its Neighborhood Partners Program (NPP), continuing its commitment to community partnerships and local innovation. This year, the Foundation is offering $1.2 million in grant funds to eligible 501(c)(3) organizations, marking a 20% increase from last year’s $1 million. Nonprofit organizations must submit their applications by June 30, 2024. Grants will range from approximately $500 to $15,000.

Since its inception, the PSEG Foundation has donated over $6.7 million to 390 organizations. This year, the Foundation is especially encouraging applications from organizations focusing on environmental sustainability and social justice. Grant recipients will be chosen based on program effectiveness, scope, and alignment with the Foundation’s strategic pillars: environmental sustainability, social justice, and equity and economic empowerment.

“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,” said Calvin Ledford Jr., president of the PSEG Foundation. “In collaboration with our nonprofit partners, we are advancing towards a future where all people progress while also preserving the environment for future generations.”

Interested organizations can submit their applications here.

Cathedral Kitchen, a recipient of last year’s NPP funding, serves over 100,000 meals annually to the Camden, New Jersey community. With the NPP grant, it launched the Culinary Arts Job Training Program, a free 15-week course teaching culinary skills and providing ServSafe certification. “Cathedral Kitchen is grateful for the generous support from the PSEG Foundation,” said Carrie Kitchen-Santiago, executive director. “The Foundation’s commitment to our Culinary Arts Job Training Program provides unemployed and underemployed individuals with the opportunity to build meaningful careers and transform their lives and their families’ lives, while positively impacting our community.”

The Newark Community Street Team (NCST) also benefited from NPP funding. “The Newark Community Street Team reduces violence in many ways, one of which is bringing healing and beauty to the neighborhood we serve,” said Aqeela Sherrills, NCST’s co-founder and board chair. “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.”

Additionally, the Great Swamp Watershed Association (GSWA) has been a longtime beneficiary of the PSEG Foundation’s support. “We are grateful for the over 20 years of support Great Swamp Watershed Association has received from the PSEG Foundation,” said GSWA Executive Director Sally Rubin. “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 PSEG that we can all truly make a difference in our communities.”

NPP grant award recipients will be notified between September and November 2024. For more information about the PSEG Foundation and its programs, please visit the PSEG website.

About PSEG Foundation

The PSEG Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) (NYSE:PEG), prioritizes investments in promoting environmental sustainability, social justice, and equity and economic empowerment.