Making Trenton Even Better - Together.

>I Am Trenton Community Foundation was founded with the understanding that each and every individual who lives, works, learns or plays in Trenton can contribute to the city. We are an independent, non-profit, 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt community foundation operating under the leadership of an all-volunteer board of trustees, representative of the community, and dedicated to the mission of making Trenton even better through community engagement, building pride in our city, and community-focused giving.


Today is #GivingTuesday – a global movement to grow the good. By supporting I Am Trenton, you make good ideas real — ideas like Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mini-mentorship day, during which cops and kids on BBBS’s waiting list got to build bikes together (see the amazing photo gallery here). Often, an I Am Trenton grant is the first grant that believes in an idea enough to get behind it, or the last option of support when others have turned it down.

With the support of so many other regular people who believe in the power of ideas — and average donations of just $50! — we were able to put $20,000 on the ground in Trenton this year. Let’s keep growing the good – together. Invest in an idea: donate to I Am Trenton today.


We’re proud to announce that 2017 is our biggest grantmaking year EVER. With community support, we’re awarding $20,000 to 17 grassroots initiatives. I Am Trenton grants are often the only way an organization or group can get support for a novel or very grassroots idea — and we are very excited to see all that our grantees will do in 2017-18.


Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund: FUTURO      

FUTURO is an inclusive and diverse youth mentoring model for first- and second-generation immigrant students living in Trenton.

Dress for Success Mercer County: FUTURO Youth Mentoring & Skills Development Workshop Series

Dress for Success Mercer County (DFSMC) will work with the Trenton-based Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s (LALDEF) FUTURO program to present a series of workshops focusing on career development skills for Latina girls in their junior or senior year of high school.

S.L.O.W Art., LLC: Mini Mural Cass St     

The proposed project is a ‘mini-mural’ – (small is scale, but grand in stature) located on the exterior wall of 750 Cass St., home to both S.L.O.W Art, LLC – the art studios of Andrew Wilkinson and Lauren Otis. The ‘mini-mural’ would be installed / painted on the lower level where the Trenton Coffee House and Roaster business operates.

Trenton Council of Civic Associations: Building Trenton through Playing and Eating         

TCCA will update existing directional signs to reflect the names of existing restaurants in the Chambersburg restaurant district to capture the dramatic change in Trenton’s culinary scene.

Trenton Community Music School: Trenton Music Makers – Section Leaders Initiative   

Trenton Music Makers will promote six especially dedicated children from the Trenton Music Makers orchestra program to the role of leaders of their sections, and to boost their musical development by providing them with private lessons, opportunities to play chamber music together, and an instrument for their families to keep.

Prospect Street Garden / the Orchid Group: Garden State of Mind          

Project Garden State of Mind aims to increase the appeal of gardening to attract more young adults to see the potential in the vacant lots.

Lora Productions LLC: Voices of Trenton               

A project giving people (preferably 5 to 24 year olds) access to professional audio equipment and classes  to express themselves through music and poetry.

June Ballinger: Community Adult Acting classes for Trentonians               

In response to considerable popular demand for professional acting classes, June Ballinger, the recently-retired long-time artistic director of Passage Theatre, will offer a series of acting classes for adults 18 yrs and older in the Trenton community.

The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey: Know Your Rights Community Education Workshops

Through a series of community education workshops, the Children’s Home Society of New Jersey (CHSofNJ) aims to inform the at-risk children and families we serve about resources for assistance and to strengthen their coping skills in the face of bullying, bias, and uncertainty.

Urban Mental Health Alliance   Make Me Wanna Holla (YOUTH Spoken Word and Arts Exhibition)

Youth spoken word and arts exhibiton highlighting the impact of trauma in the lives of youth.

Artworks Trenton: Art All Day

To build on the success of Art All Day, Trenton’s open studio tour, with an interactive online guide and print guidebook of arts venues, public art, and pop-up happenings, which will serve both as an event guide for Trenton’s open studio tour and remain a useful resource for the city as a whole through the rest of the year.

Leon Rainbow (Tawa/Jersey Fresh Jam): Each One Teach One Mural Project      

Teach 100 middle school students at Hedgepeth Williams Middle School how to create an education themed mural.

Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County: Project Healthy Bones

A free 24-week exercise and wellness program for Trenton seniors who have or are at risk of developing osteoporosis.

Community Justice Center: Making the Invisible Visible: Reclaiming and Restoring Hope             

Consistent with its overall mission of Encouraging the Empowerment, Resiliency, and Rights of  Those Struggling with Disabilities, by Providing the Essential Ingredients of Legal Education, Outreach, Advocacy, and Representation, this Project would focus on finding and assisting those most financially impoverished and struggling with “invisible” illnesses, driven underground and into silence (or worse, suicide) in this changing political climate.

Cadwalader Place Civic Association: For You Garden      

The “For You” Garden (located at 909 Carteret Avenue) is a community space that the Cadwalader Place neighborhood reclaimed from an abandoned lot, which brings neighbors together for artmaking, regular gardening, civic association meetings, and enjoyment of music that is need of a walkway to better serve the elderly and disabled residents.

Tre’Devon Lane Foundation: Sisters Inspiring Program and Project M.E.N.S Mentoring Program

These programs will help shape the minds young people by giving them space and direction to be creative, develop confidence, learn practical skills, learn leadership, learn the value of higher education, and build a stronger community.

Sprout U School of the Arts: Cultures of Wealth: Educational Pilot          

“Cultures of Wealth” is a two-part financial literacy pilot program that experiments with creative, alternative learning modes: an in-school finance and business basics course for middle school students and an adult-focused workshop open to parents, caregivers, and anyone in Trenton’s arts, business, educational, and residential communities, which work together to empower students to create engaging educational videos that can ‘go viral’ in Trenton’s communities.


IMPACTSince 2010, we’ve given out over $60,000 to over 60 community-driven projects in Trenton from our General Fund, and partnered with others to give out and administer over $50,000 in neighborhood-specific grants in the West Ward and North Clinton Ave areas.

Our grantees have turned overgrown lots into community hubs, taught robotics, collected stories, made films, danced, done yoga, gotten kids into college, and installed bike pumps around the city. They embody the community spirit that makes Trenton better every day. Read more here.


DONATEYOU are Trenton! Your contributions go to where they make the most difference – on the ground.



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