About OceanFirst Foundation Overview Since its founding in 1902, OceanFirst Bank has built a solid reputation and legacy as a good neighbor and responsible corporate citizen. The Bank's strong commitment to helping families, organizations, schools and communities throughout central New Jersey meet their financial needs has spanned several generations reaching new heights in 1996 with the creation of OceanFirst Foundation. Made possible by a one-time endowment of $13.4 million approved by OceanFirst Bank depositors, OceanFirst Foundation provides grants to organizations that meet community needs within the OceanFirst market area. Through the Foundation, hundreds of local charities and schools have received more than $20 million in grants to enrich lives in areas such as Housing, Youth Development and Education, Health and Wellness, and the Arts. OceanFirst Foundation recognizes that there are many organizations worthy of support. A Board of Directors comprised of business and civic leaders governs the Foundation and meets several times per year to review, select and award grants to the eligible organizations that have best demonstrated an ability to positively impact the community. OceanFirst is pleased to announce its continued support of local arts and cultural organizations. A total of $300, 000 will be awarded in 2011 and 2012. To learn more about this opportunity, click on How to Apply.