Matching Gift Program

The 2024 Matching Gift Program application is now available!

Salem County Health and Wellness Foundation is seeking applicants for its Matching Gift Awards for 2024. The Foundation will support a total of 10 organizations with matching grants up to $20,000 each.

Matching Gift Program Process

  • Applications will be available on the Foundation’s grant portal! All applications are due by Friday, March 29th
  • The Foundation will host a Q+A Session on Tuesday, February 20th at 10:00 am via Zoom. Zoom link ⇒
  • Awarded organizations will be matched funds raised from 4/15/2024 through 12/31/2024
  • All awarded organizations will be asked to complete a brief final report in early 2025

The Matching Gift Program was initiated by the Foundation in 2010. The Matching Gift Awards have three primary purposes:

  • Matching Grants can help organizations build their donor base and thus support the work related to their health and well-being mission and vision.
  • Matching Grants can be used to support general operating expenses, as well as any priority projects of an organization.
  • Matching Grants can be used as “match” for other grant awards from government or philanthropic sources.

Qualifications for Participation 

  • Organizations must be tax-exempt as determined by the Internal Revenue Service Code Section 501(c)(3) and “not classified as a private foundation”.
  • Organizations must be located in or provide services in Salem County.
  • Organizations must use Foundation funds for purposes within the Foundation’s Mission, Vision and Areas of Interest.

This Grant Cannot Fund:

  • Capital expenditures, such as land, buildings, or equipment, or any building, renovation, or remodeling of facilities. Examples include machinery, capital equipment, medical equipment, vehicles, licenses, etc.
  • Deficit reduction/ bad debts, contingencies, fines/penalties, interest payments, litigation costs, or any other comparable financial costs;
  • Contributions to cash reserves and/or endowment funds;
  • Lobbying or attempting to influence federal, state, or local legislation;
  • Fundraising events, activities, and related expenses (e.g., benefits, dinners, etc.);
  • Awards, prizes, or scholarships for use outside the applicant’s programming;
  • Tuition for academic study;
  • Projects benefiting for-profit organizations;
  • Private events closed to the general public and activities restricted to an organization’s membership;
  • Projects of a religious nature designed to promote or inhibit religious belief and/or practice and that have no basic underlying secular theme or topics.