Accomplishments & Ongoing Initiatives

Funding Opportunity for Connectivity:

The League Foundation is offering a first round of ten (10) $10,000 grants to assist local governments and schools (pre K-12) addressing internet connectivity challenges related to virtual/distance learning. These may include:

  • Remote learning from school buildings with connectivity issues
  • Limited internet access among students and faculty in particular school locations
  • Shortage of necessary devices to access web-based services

Priority will be given to applicants who have a definable need and who demonstrate a partnership with school districts and municipal officials. To be considered, submit the following to Mike Cerra at or by fax at 609-695-0151:

  • Two-page summary of your proposal, to include:
    • Summary of issues to be addressed
    • Scope of work
    • Cost estimate
    • Statement of support/cooperation between the municipality and school district
    • Point of contact

The NJLM Foundation Board is keeping the application request broad, allowing local officials flexibility to craft solutions based on specific needs and challenges. Submissions will be accepted from Monday, January 4, 2021 through Monday, February 1, 2021. Once funding has been committed, the Board will retain applications for future consideration, if additional funding is secured.

Recipients will be notified in writing the week of March 1, 2021. Questions can directed to

Educational Forums:

In 2008, the Foundation started by partnering with the NJDOE on a half-day educational conference entitled: The New Education Order. Now, the Foundation continues to partner with a host of private and public sector co-sponsors to hosted educational programs such as an annual economic update; and a forum on state infrastructure and utilities.

Sustainable Jersey:

In 2008, through a $200,000 grant from Wal-Mart, the Foundation established grants to municipalities in support of Sustainable Jersey Certification. Today, more than 300 towns have joined the initiative and funding is provided by a variety of corporate and government partners.

The Mayor’s Book Club:
In 2009 the Foundation teamed up with Verizon and the National League of Cities to begin the Mayor’s Book Club literacy initiative in New Jersey. This ongoing program, through cooperation between our generous funding partners, mayors’ offices and universities across the state, continues to teach New Jersey municipalities how to promote literacy in families and especially young children.

White Papers:

Starting in 2009, the Foundation partnered with other public policy oriented organizations to publish “white papers” on issues of interest to local government. These white papers, titled the “Friends of Local Government Series” are published by the Foundation and available able for free by clicking here.