NJ Safety Net Innovation Proposal

The Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation is now accepting New Jersey Safety Net Innovation Proposal (NJ SNIP) applications. This grant opportunity offers funding to organizations focused on strengthening the healthcare safety net in New Jersey for individuals living with serious mental illness (SMI).

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What is NJ SNIP?

Applications are now being accepted for grant funding and technical assistance to organizations focused on strengthening the healthcare safety net in New Jersey to improve care for individuals living with SMI, including but not limited to Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, and Major Depressive Disorder. The Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation’s (BMS Foundation) NJ SNIP aims to support New Jersey safety net healthcare organizations in planning and implementing strategic initiatives to meet the unique needs of those living with SMI.

The goal of this grant is to increase access to quality mental healthcare for underserved communities in New Jersey by expanding safety net organizations’ capacity to serve local needs while aligning with broader statewide goals and policy initiatives to support long-term sustainability. For NJ SNIP cohort two, the BMS Foundation aims to fund proposals that will provide impactful, sustainable value for the funded organizations and support demonstrable, strategic capacity building among the state’s mental health safety net providers caring for individuals living with SMI. The Camden Coalition is supporting the BMS Foundation to co-design, implement, and administer this grant.

Eligible organizations can apply for up to $150,000 per year for two years to address a community need and/or a strategic capacity building need related to serving individuals living with SMI. Proposed uses of funding can include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • An effort to strengthen an organization’s internal infrastructure to support mental health needs for individuals living with SMI.
  • An expansion of current mental health services or programs serving individuals living with SMI.
  • A new service or program to address the needs of individuals living with SMI.

One-on-one assistance will be provided by the Camden Coalition to develop and implement plans to ensure the success of the proposed project and to sustain the organization’s efforts through alignment with state priorities, other funding streams, and partnership-building.

Eligible organizations

To be eligible, an organization must be a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status, located in NJ, and qualify as one of the following organization types: *

Community mental health centers

Organizations that provide outpatient mental health and substance use disorder services and support to residents using an integrated approach for physical and mental health services through formal partnerships, colocations, etc. This includes Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs), which are nonprofit organizations that provide a comprehensive range of mental health and substance use disorder services to vulnerable individuals.

Community health improvement organizations

A non-profit, community-based organization (CBO) whose programs include services to improve access to healthcare for uninsured, Medicaid, and other vulnerable populations experiencing significant health disparities. For example, this includes, but is not limited to, CBOs that meet the following descriptions:

  • Organizations that partner with a mental health services provider to support engagement and delivery of healthcare services to low-income community members living with SMI.
  • Organizations that engage in formal and informal partnerships with a mental health service provider, managed care organization, or a state or county agency to deliver direct medical care to individuals living with SMI.
  • Organizations that provide centralized support and quality improvement to a network of programs and/or organizations serving low-income and underserved populations living with SMI to implement improvements to quality, access, and or delivery of healthcare to the community (e.g., Perinatal Quality Collaboratives and Community Health Improvement Collaborative).

* Current grantees will not be eligible for this round of funding.


Information about the BMS Foundation NJ SNIP application, including requirements, award details, selection criteria, and more can be found in the request for applications document.

Apply for NJ SNIP

Apply for NJ SNIP today! Use the online application form to submit your proposal. If you have any questions, please reach out to [email protected]

Planning to submit an application for NJ SNIP? Fill out the intent to apply form to let us know you will be applying.

Frequently asked questions

Check back here after the July 25 informational webinar for FAQs.