Census 2020 Grants Available

The State of New Jersey has just announced a grant program to support efforts to make sure that everyone in New Jersey is counted in Census 2020.

Non-profits are strongly encouraged to apply in collaboration with local Complete Count efforts.

As one of the nation’s most diverse states, New Jersey is at risk for an undercount.

A particular focus of these grants is on hard-to-count (HTC) populations, including, but not limited to: children under five years of age, African Americans, Latinx, Asians, men ages 18-49, non-native English speakers, the elderly, persons formerly and currently incarcerated, members of the LGTBQ community, and homeless persons.

The deadline for applicants to the state grant program is October 31, 2019. Disbursement of grants is expected before the end of the year.

There are two separate grant programs: one for non-profits (non-profit application) and one for county governments (government application). Municipalities are unable to apply directly for a grant at this time. The State will host webinars regarding the grants and the application process. Details will be announced soon.

Non-profits are encouraged to apply in collaboration with local Complete Count efforts and ideally, this collaboration will be conducted through local Complete Count Committees. (Find a Complete Count Committee in your area or contact the Census Bureau’s partnership office directly.) Applicants will be required to submit information about how they will collaborate with other organizations.

 

More ways to get involved in a complete count for New Jersey:

  • Join the Census 2020 NJ Coalition. Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) is coordinating Census outreach to non-profits across the state.Join the coalition to receive updates, information and action items as key deadlines approach.
  • Become a Census Partner. The U.S. Census Bureau provides information, training, job hiring, and other resources for local organizations that participate in their partnership program. Sign up to receive updates.
  • Host job fairs. Community members can apply now for Census Bureau jobs. These jobs have flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, and pay $17 an hour or more in New Jersey.
  • Participate in a local Complete Count Committee. Many local areas are creating “Complete Count Committees,” often organized by local government. Find a Complete Count Committee in your area or contact the Census Bureau’s partnership office directly.
  • Serve as a Census hub in your community. In less than 10 minutes, residents can fill out the Census online or over the phone. This means that any site can help provide education and reach hard-to-count people in 2020. This should be coordinated through a local Complete Count effort.
  • Get organized. The statewide non-profit coalition is organizing trainings on the Census throughout the state for community and local groups and coalitions. If you would like to organize a training or education session for your community, fill out this form for a non-profit presentation.

Any effort to educate and build capacity for the 2020 Census count will assist in ensuring New Jersey has the resources it needs to support all its residents.

About Tiffany McClary

Tiffany McClary is the Director of Communications, Marketing & Outreach for the New Jersey State Library. She coordinates marketing and public relations initiatives in order to enhance the reputation of the State Library, and promote the value of NJ libraries and the services and programs that they provide to residents.