THDC Small Grants Program

About the THDC Small Grants Program

Smaller, grassroots organizations, as well as community activists and non-incorporated groups, were a driving force in developing the Revitalization Plan for the Trenton Historic Development Collaborative (THDC) neighborhood (see map). Many of these groups do important work, but do not, at present, qualify for funding through traditional sources. To support their work in the THDC planning area, and to build grantees’ capacity in the process, the Collaborative set up the THDC Small Grants Program in partnership with I Am Trenton Community Foundation and Isles, Inc. in the fall of 2014.

To date, the program has given out over $50,000 in grant funding to over 20 grassroots groups working in the THDC neighborhood.

Applications for 2016 are closed. Please email to get on our mailing list for information on future rounds.

The THDC Planning Area

THDC Planning Area

Priority Issues

Projects must support one of the following priority issues identified by THDC residents as critical to the revitalization of their neighborhood:

  • YOUTH EMPOWERMENT: Includes recreation, computer literacy, civic engagement, college prep, after school programs, non-violent conflict resolution, youth entrepreneurship, etc.
  • EDUCATION: Includes basic life skills, financial literacy, parenting skills, neighborhood and cultural history, etc.
  • SAFETY: Includes interventions that address crime, drugs, poor lighting, safety in specific locations, safety in recreational areas, neighborhood clean-up and beautification, etc.
  • ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: (All business/entrepreneurship must be in this category): Includes job training, access to employment, local goods and services, entrepreneurship, etc.

Application materials

The 2016 round is closed. These materials are provided for reference only. Please note that there may be changes in future rounds, so be sure to check back for the latest materials.

2016 THDC Application Packet
THDC Plan Summary


The deadlines for 2016 have passed.

To apply

Applicants attend an orientation workshop, then complete and submit the application materials. Electronic submission is strongly encouraged.

About the Trenton Historic Development Collaborative (THDC)

The Trenton Historic Development Collaborative is a coalition of more than 40 community stakeholders from the West and North Wards of Trenton who are committed to revitalizing their neighborhood. Their community-driven plan for the neighborhood, which is bordered by West State Street, Willow Street, Bellevue and Rutherford Avenues, and Hermitage Avenue, was approved by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs in 2011. The THDC is now implementing this plan with the support of the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation and DCA’s Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Program. Members include Isles, Shiloh CDC, Mercer Street Friends, the NJ Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs, A Better Way, VAST, and many others. Read more about the THDC here.


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

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