Special Initiative Grants

Camp ChatterboxKessler Foundation’s Special Initiative Grants are awarded to projects and organizations that operate within the broad spectrum of disabilities in New Jersey. Applications are by invitation only. Grants are for one year and range from $5,000 - $20,000.

Our interests include (but are not limited to):

          1. Community programs and services related to improving the lives of people with disabilities, such as arts, recreation, social services, health, transportation, and assistive device acquisition. 

Projects, programs, pilot initiatives, and creative solutions that work toward improving the employment and career advancement of New Jersey citizens with disabilities that are outside of our local community employment grant program guidelines.

Grants are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year. Final grant selection is at the discretion of Kessler Foundation.

How To Apply Kessler Foundation is no longer accepting applications for our 2018 Special Initiative Grants. Beginning January 2, 2019, grant applications for our 2019 Special Initiative Grants will be accepted. Please submit a one paragraph inquiry with a description of your request to the email below. Please allow at least 2 weeks for a response to your inquiry. If you inquiry is accepted, link to our online special initiative application will be emailed to you. These grants are awarded on a rolling basis.

Please Note: Per our grant guidelines, we do not make grants to individuals, nor fund the purchase of any vehicles such as cars, buses, trucks or vans.

Grant Listing By Year

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We are no longer accepting requests for special initiative funding at this time for 2018. Information about 2019 funding will be available on our website in December.