New Jersey non-profits working to provide relief for Hurricane Sandy can apply for grants through a new state agency.

The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund Inc. will administer money to non-profits working to help residents in the state with a focus on four key areas: housing assistance, social services, financial and legal aid, and economic development.

The deadline for the current grant cycle is March 15 – with a target of $5 million. Application are available at www.SandyNJReliefFund.org.

Applicants must be a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit, overhead costs will be limited to 10 percent, and start-ups will be considered if the project being considered fits into the agency’s mission. Groups that are headquartered out-of-state but are active in helping residents in the state are eligible.

The minimum grant request is $10,000.

People can also make donations at www.SandyNJReliefFund.org, or donating $19 by texting "SANDY" to 20222 or by mailing a check made payable to the "Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund" to Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund P.O. Box 6200 Merrifield, Va. 22116-6200.

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