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Columbia Bank Foundation 

About the Foundation

The Columbia Bank Foundation has grown into one of the largest private foundations in New Jersey after converting from a privately-held, mutual-based operating structure to that of a public company as part of Columbia Bank’s Initial Public Stock Offering (IPO) which took place in April of 2018. As a result of this structural change, approximately $60,000,000 in funding has now been designated for Foundation coffers to help support local charitable causes and community projects on a sustained basis.

Thomas J. Kemly, Columbia Bank’s President and CEO, noted that “This new funding change will provide us with more financial flexibility and opportunities to help the communities that we so proudly serve. Our goal is make a difference in as many people’s lives as we possibly can…and to do our part to help make our communities better, stronger and safer.”

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The Columbia Bank Foundation is committed to serving the needs of its local communities. The Foundation actively seeks and focuses on innovative programs that provide a measurable impact in the communities that it serves.

Charitable contributions from the Foundation will be granted in the following major areas:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Community investment and economic development
  • Financial literacy and education
  • Health and human services
  • Food pantries
  • The Arts

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Foundation grants have been expanded in both size and scope to help support and develop additional charitable and community endeavors. For example, recent grants provided funding for the purchase of two emergency vehicles for volunteer first responders; the construction of a barrier-free playground for a school for children with Autism; renovations at a Middlesex County kids camp; and a group home for disabled residents and emergency warehouse repairs at a community food bank serving the greater Paterson area.


How to Apply for a Grant  

  • Before applying, please review the Columbia Bank Foundation Guidelines for Grant Requests.
  • The minimum grant amount request is $50.
  • The Foundation Board reviews requests over $7,500 on a quarterly basis which must be received on the last day of the month prior to the Board meeting.
  • Once a year, we will review all Large Grants of $50,001 - $150,000. We will award approximately five grants up to $150,000 each. Applications for our Large Grant Program will be due by August 31.
  • The Committee will review one grant proposal per organization during a twelve-month period.
  • Only completed grant proposals submitted electronically will be given full consideration.

We use an online application system and we understand that is not ideal to all applicants so we will make every effort to accommodate you if assistance is requested.

 Have questions or need assistance?

Please contact the foundation at or Minoska Mateo at 201-794-5794.

Apply For A Grant

Guidelines for Grant Requests

Have questions or need assistance?

Email The Foundation