East Trenton Community Grants Program

A lot of real community change is done by small, grassroots organizations, community activists, and ordinary residents. In 2016 the East Trenton Collaborative launched the East Trenton Community Grants Program in partnership with I Am Trenton Community Foundation and Isles, Inc., to support the great work they are doing on the ground. This grant program is intended to support work in, and benefit the residents of, the East Trenton neighborhood (see map).

The East Trenton neighborhood

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What we support

This program aims to support grassroots projects that make the East Trenton neighborhood better. We require that all projects:

  • Take place between June 15, 2017, and September 30, 2017. If your project will take place at another time, wait until the fall round or see I Am Trenton Community Foundation’s upcoming annual citywide grant cycle.
  • Benefit East Trenton (see the map above). This means that they should benefit East Trenton residents, and that they should take place in the neighborhood if at all possible (exceptions are only if a special facility required for the project, eg a swimming pool, a specific museum, etc., does not exist inside the neighborhood). Projects that are not meaningfully for East Trenton cannot be funded through this program — check out I Am Trenton Community Foundation’s upcoming citywide grant round instead.

  • Be non-discriminatory. East Trenton is a diverse community, and projects should be open to all residents.

  • Be for community benefit rather than private gain. This means that, for example, we can fund a block improvement project where multiple residents participate, but not a project that consists solely of repairs to a single private house.

There are a few other things we don’t fund – see the full guidelines (English, Spanish). But on the whole — if you have a good idea that will make East Trenton better and you know you can get it done, we encourage you to apply!


Who can apply?

​Pretty much anyone willing to roll up their sleeves and get something done for East Trenton! We offer two levels of support:

  • Strength Grants (up to $2,500): open to individuals and organizations regardless of nonprofit status.
  • Amp Grants (up to $5,000): this category is limited to 501(c)3 organizations for projects that significantly improve their capacity or the capacity of residents.

Application materials

English: 2017 Spring Application Packet
Espanol: Aplicacion de Primavera 2017



Monday, May 8, 12 p.m. (noon)


Mandatory workshop

If you plan to apply, you must attend an orientation workshop on Saturday, April 22, at 9 a.m. at the East Trenton Center (601 North Clinton Avenue, at Olden Ave.).

Ideas workshops (optional)

If you have an idea and would like to discuss with the Grants Team whether it fits with the program, plan to attend one of our optional ideas workshops:

Wednesday, April 12, 6-7 pm
Tuesday, April 18, 6-7 pm

Workshops will be held at the East Trenton Center (601 North Clinton Avenue, at Olden Ave.).

Project period

This round will support projects that run from June 15, 2017, to September 30, 2017. If your project falls outside this period, wait for the fall round or see I Am Trenton’s upcoming citywide grant round.

To apply

If you plan to apply, plan to attend the orientation workshop (see above), then complete and submit the application materials. We strongly encourage you to send your application in by email to grants@iamtrenton.org, but hard copies will be accepted until the deadline at the East Trenton Center, 601 North Clinton Ave.    


If you have any questions, please email grants@iamtrenton.org or call (515) 674-2127.

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