Mini-Grant Program

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Due to these unprecedented events, we have made the decision to pivot the purpose of the mini-grant program to support the COVID-19 response and the needs of the Toms River community. To those who have applied already, we will contact you directly with more information. If you have not yet applied and need funds for programming related to the COVID-19 response and keeping Toms River healthy, you still have time to apply. The TRFHSC’s focus remains on Nutritious Food Connections, Senior Isolation, Youth Emotional Wellness and Substance Abuse. However, we understand that there may be other health & community needs surrounding the COVID-19 response. All applications will be reviewed by the committee. Please continue reading for more information.


In 2015, the Ocean County YMCA and the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation brought together a group of Toms River non-profits to discuss the New Jersey Health Initiative’s (NJHI) Building a Culture of Health in NJ – Communities Moving to Action grant opportunity. The collective group was committed to creating a culture of health in Toms River, and there was 100% buy-in for the formal establishment of the Toms River Family Health and Support Coalition (TRFHSC). Today, after being selected as a recipient of the NJHI Building a Culture of Health in NJ grant and receiving $200,000, the TRFHSC is made up of over 50 partners spanning the public, private and nonprofit sectors who are working together to improve the health of all Toms River residents. The mission of the TRFHSC is to mobilize a network that engages every resident with knowledge of and access to healthy resources. Through an intensive process of listening sessions, written & phone surveys, and research on the health and wellness challenges within Toms River, four critical areas of focus were identified:

  • Nutritious Food Connections
  • Senior Isolation
  • Substance Use
  • Youth Emotional Wellness
Over the past four years, the coalition has worked to bring awareness and programming to the local community. The coalition recognizes that grassroots organizations are best suited to address the health needs in Toms River. Therefore, the TRFHSC will be expending the remainder of the grant funding through a mini-grant program to support our local non-profits.

Mini-Grant Program

The Toms River Family Health and Support Coalition will be offering local nonprofits the opportunity to apply for mini-grants in an effort to make Toms River a healthier community. The mini-grants are for organizations whose programming aligns with the four pillars of the TRFHSC (see below). The TRFHSC has $70,000 in total to award, and organizations can apply for mini-grants in the range of $2,500 - $5,000. Please see message at the top of the page for changes regarding the mini-grant program.
Pillar  Goal  
Nutritious Food Connections   Increase community access to nutritious food options.  
Senior Isolation   Train and engage volunteers in outreach efforts to isolated seniors.  
Substance Abuse   Increase awareness and early intervention resources for youth and parents.  
Youth Emotional Wellness   Promoting positive youth development through an equitable emotional wellness lens.  Promote positive mental health and early interventions for the youth of Toms River   


The deadline to apply for funding is: April 1, 2020

In an effort to be nimble during these times, applicants will be notified of funding decision soon after the April 1 deadline.

CLICK HERE for the Funding Support Application

If you have any questions, please contact Heather Barberi at


  • *Please be aware that priority will be given to COVID-19 response projects due to the critical need in the Toms River community. However, the committee will review all applications.
  • All requests for funding must be made using the online TRFHSC Funding Support Application.
  • Applicants must be 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organizations as defined by Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code (1954) as amended.
  • Applicants are not required to be Toms River Family Health & Support Coalition Members.
  • The mini-grants are to serve Toms River residents. Applicants should serve Toms River residents or a majority of Toms River residents. 
  • All approved requests must be clearly aligned with the TRFHSC’s mission, vision and pillars.
  • Approved organizations must expend the grant funds by December 31, 2020.
  • Organization who are approved for funding must not use funds to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any other basis of discrimination prohibited by law.
  • The Review Committee reserves the right to make adjustments to the request and/or request amendments based on the discussion generated.
  • Final decisions for funding will be made by a consensus vote by all active Review Committee members. (Review Committee members will be recused from the vote if their organization is the one requesting funding or if there is a perceived conflict of interest.)
  • Organizations who are approved for funding via the TRFHSC must provide a progress report at the annual coalition meeting, and a final written report on template provided.
  • Only one application per organization.