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I Am Trenton Community Foundation Grant

Grants to Trenton, New Jersey Groups and Individuals for
Community Development, Education, and Workforce Training

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Foundation / Corporation

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I Am Trenton Community Foundation

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Deadline Date:

07/10/17 11:59 PM EST


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Grants of up to $2,500 to Trenton, New Jersey individuals, groups, and organizations to support young men of color, for community development and cultural connections, and for education, training, and youth development. Mandatory workshops will be held June 24 and 26, 2017.

The Foundation wants to support inclusive, equitable, grassroots efforts that will improve the city of Trenton, NJ. If you know you can get something done that will make Trenton better, you are encouraged to apply.

In this grant cycle, the focus is on three priority areas. Even though some projects may overlap, applicants are asked to choose only one and explain their project and their expected results with reference to that priority area.

Priority 1 – My Brother's Keeper initiative was launched nationwide by President Obama in 2014, to reduce the systemic barriers faced by young men of color. I Am Trenton has set up a special fund to support projects that contribute to the three goals set by the Trenton community during the Capital City – My Brother’s Keeper Action Summit in early 2016:
- Increasing literacy
- Increasing economic opportunity (job readiness, paths to employment, entrepreneurship, etc.)
- Improving school attendance and decreasing absenteeism in Trenton’s schools

Please note that if your proposed project involves your organization working directly in Trenton’s schools or on school grounds, we will ask you to submit a letter of approval or MoU from school administrators showing that you have been approved to work in the schools.

Priority 2 – Community development and cultural connections: This priority area includes projects that contribute to the overall strength of the community, that strengthen the links within Trenton’s communities, or that connect Trenton to the region and beyond. This may include (but is not limited to) beautification projects, media work, efforts to empower or connect neighbors, etc.

Priority 3 – Education, training, and youth development: Projects that empower through learning, particularly of young people. This can include (but is not limited to) life skills, financial literacy, parenting skills, neighborhood and cultural history, lifelong learning, non-violent conflict resolution, etc.

General requirements - The project should:
- Have a community benefit rather than being for private gain
- Be non-discriminatory, and
- Benefit Trenton and/or its residents.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143975

Estimated Size of Grant:

Most grants have been in the range of $700-$1,500, and rarely exceed $2,500.

Term of Contract:

Projects are expected to run from August 18, 2017 to August 18, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include individuals, groups, and organizations regardless of incorporation status. Please note that successful applicants whose projects are funded and who do not have 501(c)3 status may be required to secure a fiscal sponsor in order to receive their grant.

Projects have to be Trenton focused, have a Trenton impact, and really be about Trenton, NJ.

Not Funded:
- Projects or organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender, national origin, ethnicity, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.
- Debt reduction or on-going operational support
- Capital campaigns or fundraising events
- Re-granting programs or scholarships
- Partisan political activities, lobbying, or efforts to influence an election
- Religious activities such as worship, religious instruction, or proselytizing. Religious organizations are welcome to apply for non-denominational activities that are open to all and do not require participation in religious activities or the profession of a specific religious belief.

Pre-proposal Conference:

All prospective applicants are required to attend (or send a representative to) one of the two mandatory orientation workshops:
– Saturday, June 24, 10 a.m. Galeria Casa Cultura, 222 South Broad Street (2nd fl)
– Monday, June 26, 6 pm, Mercer County Community College – Kearney Campus (downtown Trenton), room TBD

Pre-Application Information:

– Applications will be released on June 5th.
– Pre-application workshops will be held on June 24 and June 26. Prospective applicants must attend one of these.
– The application deadline is July 10th at 11:59 pm.
– Applicants will be notified whether their application was accepted or rejected by the 2nd week of August.
– Projects are expected to run from August 18, 2017 to August 18, 2018. There will be an award event at which approved grantees will receive their checks, to provide everyone an opportunity to meet and mingle.

For those who cannot apply using the online application form, in this grant cycle, the Foundation will still accept applications by mail, though online submission is strongly encouraged.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

(515) 674-2127

I Am Trenton Community Foundation (Grants Committee)
PO Box 1743
Trenton, NJ 08607-1743

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey: Trenton