Local Businesses, Groups Can Compete for Grant from Jersey City Cowork Space

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Andco co-working space at Charles & Co, Downtown Jersey City. Photo courtesy Sofia Tomé.

Andco, the coworking space at Grove and Montgomery streets in Jersey City, is offering a prize of a year’s membership to a local business or community group that applies for their annual Imagine More grant.

They are also offering five cash grants ranging from $500 to $2,000 to businesses and groups who are already members of the space.

This is an expansion of the Imagine More grant first awarded last year “as a way of uplifting an Andco member who displayed distinct value to our community with the use of imagination and innovation,” said a spokesman for Silverman, the Jersey City-based developers who opened the space in 2016.

Last year’s winners were the Jersey City Writers group and Christopher Grippo, who created Wabo, an eco-friendly, stainless steel water bottle.

While last year’s grant was available only to groups already using the space, this year’s new prize of free membership may go to an outside group who applies. There is no residency requirement.

Andco, located in the Charles & Co apartment building, has 285 members with 167 of them businesses. Members include Bark Buildings, which provides services for and arranges play dates for dogs; Sailors NYC, which teaches sailing at Liberty Harbor Marina, and Asquan Group, which sells eco-responsible beauty products.

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Andco co-working space at Charles & Co, Downtown Jersey City. Photo courtesy Sofia Tomé.

The space boasts rooms and booths to work in, a curated library in conjunction with Jersey City’s WORD Bookstore, and a kitchen serving free coffee, tea, and beer. The coffee comes from the local Modcup chain, while the beer is from NJ Beer Company. They also offer workshops, social gatherings, and lectures.

The deadline to apply for the grant is Sept. 1, 2019. Winners will be notified by Sept. 15.

”We hope that by providing financial support we can empower our community to turn their innovative ideas into the companies that will shape the future of Jersey City,” said a spokeswoman.

The application is here.

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