I Am Trenton Grants (the General Fund)

I Am Trenton Community Foundation was founded to put resources where they matter most — on the ground. What makes Trenton even better every day is the tireless commitment of people who care — people who teach their neighbors about flooding, throw festivals, help trauma victims heal, plant trees, clean their neighborhoods, teach kids robotics, install bike pumps and mini-libraries, lead yoga workshops, record oral histories, make films, and still find time to have fun with their friends. Our citywide grants support this sort of work, and provide a way for someone with a great idea to test it out. See what we’ve funded in the past.

Starting June 2017, we are switching to an online application directly through this site. We will no longer be accepting applications via email. For community members unable to access a computer, we will continue to accept applications by mail in this grant cycle, though we very strongly encourage online submission.


We have changed some of the requirements, so 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


In this grant cycle, we will accept and review proposals from 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.


We do not put a cap on the amount you can apply for, but most I Am Trenton citywide grants have been in the range of $700-$1500, and rarely exceed $2500. We are working very hard to raise more resources so that we can increase this amount, and the neighborhood-focused grants in THDC and East Trenton have allowed for larger grants thanks to partner funding. At present, however, we encourage applicants to think low-cost and high-impact, where this approximate level of funding makes a real difference — a pilot project to test an approach, a resource that will increase your program or organizational capacity, a way to make an existing program more inclusive to an under-served community, etc. All grantees are required to sign a grant agreement before they can be funded, and to submit a progress report and final report with financials and receipts.


Our main requirements are that projects have a community benefit and that they be for Trenton. In that regard, applicants are gently reminded that we are the I Am Trenton Community Foundation. Projects have to be Trenton focused, have a Trenton impact, and really be about Trenton, NJ. We get a lot of fantastic Trenton-focused proposals that we have to turn down due to limited resources, so if your project is not actually for Trenton, please don’t send it to us.


In this grant cycle, we will be focusing on three priority areas. Even though some projects may overlap, we ask that applicants choose only one and explain their project and their expected results with reference to that priority area.

  • PRIORITY 1 – MY BROTHER’S KEEPER: The 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:

    (1) Increasing literacy
    (2) Increasing economic opportunity (job readiness, paths to employment, entrepreneurship, etc.)
    (3) 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.


There are a few types of projects that I Am Trenton Community Foundation cannot fund:
• 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.


– Applications will be released on June 5th.
– Pre-application workshops will be held on June 24th and June 26th (see above). Prospective applicants must attend one of these.
The application deadline is July 10th at 11:59 pm.
– We expect to notify applicants of 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.


We are no longer accepting applications by email. For those who cannot apply using the online application form, in this grant cycle we will still accept applications by mail to I Am Trenton Community Foundation, PO Box 1743, Trenton, NJ 08607-1743.

Application Instructions

Application Questions

Project Budget Template

Mandatory Workshops

Sat, June 24, 10 am, Galeria Casa Cultura, 222 South Broad St (2nd floor)

Mon, June 26, 6 pm, Mercer County Community College, 102 N. Broad Street, room TBD

DEADLINE: July 10, 2017, 11:59 pm


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

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