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
What we support
This program aims to support grassroots projects that make the East Trenton neighborhood better. We require that all projects:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, but hard copies will be accepted until the deadline at the East Trenton Center, 601 North Clinton Ave.