I Am Trenton Grants (the General Fund)

Our annual grant round is open to anyone in Trenton making a difference (for these core grants, applicants who do not have 501(c)3 status must apply with a 501(c)3 nonprofit fiscal sponsor). Grants typically open in the summer and are awarded in the fall, for projects that can run up to a year. We use a competitive review process to evaluate the applications we receive. See what we’ve funded in the past.

2016 applications are now closed.

What makes Trenton tick, holds it together when it’s hurting, and makes it even better every day is the tireless commitment of people who care. Trentonians don’t sit around – they teach kids robotics, throw festivals, help trauma victims heal, plant trees, clean their neighborhoods, create mini-libraries, lead yoga workshops, record oral histories, make films, and still find time to have fun with their friends. I Am Trenton Community Foundation was founded to put resources where they matter most — on the ground.

In 2016, our grant applications opened in July and were due on August 1. We will announce the awards by the end of September.

Priority Issues

We have a set of core funding areas that we focus on, though priority issues may change from year to year. In 2016, our grantseekers were asked to make an impact on the following priority areas:

  • COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND CULTURAL CONNECTIONS: 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.
  • 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.

Application materials

Our 2016 I Am Trenton grant round is now closed. Our 2016 application packet is available here for reference only. Please sign up for our mailing list to be notified of grant opportunities as they come up, or check out our neighborhood-focused grants (East Trenton, THDC).


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

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