Our Grantees

I Am Trenton Community Foundation awards grants to agencies, organizations or individuals in Trenton that serve Trenton residents.  Our overall goal is to support organizations that improve our community and that add to the quality of life for Trenton residents.  We utilize a competitive grant making program to promote inclusion, equity and diversity in Trenton.

The I Am Trenton Community Foundation gave grants to 9 community initiatives in 2016 and 14 in 2015, under the program areas community development & cultural connections; youth development, education and training.


Grantees

  • Catholic Youth Organization

    2016, Youth Development, Education And Training

    The Broad Street Center’s PeeWee soccer program will involve 40 children between the ages of 4 and 6, and builds...

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  • HiTOPS

    2016, Youth Development, Education And Training

    The “Trauma Informed Classrooms” initiative at Dunn Middle School aims to create an environment that supports young people in managing...

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  • The Trenton Community A-TEAM

    2016, Community Development & Cultural Connections

    Artwork by Emery Williams of the Trenton Community A-TEAM. The grassroots artists’ collective based at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen...

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  • Big Brothers Big Sisters

    2016, Youth Development, Education And Training

    The “Cops + Kids” pilot initiative aims to build relationships between children and law enforcement, while also providing a positive...

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  • LifeBridge Technology Enrichment Centers

    2016, Youth Development, Education And Training

    Many Trenton residents lack regular access to a computer, having limited incomes and limited access to public computers (only the...

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  • The Tre’Devon Lane Foundation

    2016, Youth Development, Education And Training

    The “Sisters Inspiring Sisters” mentoring project teaches sewing skills to young women, engaging them in a collaborative project that builds...

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  • Urban Mental Health Alliance

    2016, Youth Development, Education And Training

    The “Healthy Minds” program brings awareness of mental health and addiction issues to urban families, helping to break the stigma...

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  • Sheltered Yoga

    2016, Community Development & Cultural Connections

    The “Community Serving Community” program will train 5+ residents who have already participated in Sheltered Yoga’s trainings to in turn...

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  • SAGE Coalition

    2016, Community Development & Cultural Connections

    “Pendulum @ the Park” is a series of pendulum painting workshops in five public parks across the city, involves residents,...

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  • Institute of Wonderful Women Working for Empowerment

    2015, Hope & Respect Fund

    The Nursing Experienceship Program provides low-income women with training opportunities to enable them to pursue jobs as nurses’ aides. The...

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  • Catholic Youth Organization

    2015, Youth Development, Education And Training

    Funding will support free tutoring services as well as athletic, educational and recreational activities at the Broad Street Center Afterschool...

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  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Trenton Alumni

    2015, Youth Development, Education And Training

    Fraternity members will provide a series of training and mentoring sessions to young men with the goal of assembling a...

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  • Community Justice Center

    2015, Hope & Respect Fund

    The organization’s mission is encouraging the empowerment, resiliency, and rights of those struggling with disabilities, by providing the essential ingredients...

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  • One Trenton Project

    2015, Community Development & Cultural Connections

    Books and Breakfast is an initiative to promote literacy, cultural awareness, pride, fellowship and dialogue for Trenton-area adults and children....

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  • Young Scholars Institute

    2015, Youth Development, Education And Training

    This year-round after school learning center provides educational, cultural, and recreational activities for pre-K–12 students. The Center empowers Trenton-area youth...

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  • Special Parent Advocacy Group

    2015, Youth Development, Education And Training

    Training and resources will be offered to families caring for children with disabilities. The trainings provide information that helps families...

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  • The Serenity Garden

    2015, Community Development & Cultural Connections

    The Serenity Garden at Bellevue and Prospect Streets is a place of peace and healing for anyone who has felt...

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  • PEI Kids

    2015, Youth Development, Education And Training

    Supporting Enough Abuse community workshops for parents, teachers, youth-serving professionals and caregivers, increasing awareness and helping prevent child sexual abuse....

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  • Sheltered Yoga and Love Yoga

    2015, Community Development & Cultural Connections

    This partnership between Sheltered and Love Yoga will provide mindfulness and meditation classes to Trenton residents. The program is intended...

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  • Mercer County Family Support Organization

    2015, Youth Development, Education And Training

    The annual Girls Forum on Self-Esteem is a project of the Minority Concerns SubCommittee. The Forum is offered to youth...

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  • My Eternal Family

    2015, Hope & Respect Fund

    “What’s the 411” is a program that will educate, empower and foster better community engagement between law enforcement and individuals...

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  • National Junior Tennis & Learning of Trenton, Inc.

    2015, Youth Development, Education And Training

    The Academic Creative Engagement Program provides at-risk children access to safe, healthy, educational opportunities and provides instruction in literacy, mathematics,...

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  • Minding Our Business

    2015, Youth Development, Education And Training

    This Service-Learning Program is offered after school to middle school students in the Trenton School District. The mentoring program provides...

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  • Catholic Youth Organization of Trenton

    2014, Youth Development, Education And Training

    Continued support for the Music Movement and Literacy for the Very Young (MVY) – the CYO’s Broad Street pre-school enrichment...

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  • Victory Christian Family Worship

    2014, Youth Development, Education And Training

    The Cost of Life Program will train teenage parents to become independent, successful adults. The major objective is to assist...

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  • Trenton Community Justice Center

    2014, Hope & Respect Fund

    Transforming lives since 2009, not by merely providing legal advice, but by providing something far more priceless: hope. Trenton Community...

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  • Trenton Mentoring Coalition

    2014, Hope & Respect Fund

    Gift of Giving is a community service project geared towards getting kids involved in giving back to their community. By...

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  • Trenton African-American Cultural Festival

    2014, Community Development & Cultural Connections

    The Trenton African-American Cultural Festival was established in 2011. The mission of this annual event is to “bring together generations...

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  • SAGE Coalition

    2014, Community Development & Cultural Connections

    Pressure Points is a project to install creatively designed bicycle air pumps throughout the city. Public art and public health...

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  • Institute for Wonderful Women Working for Empowerment

    2014, Hope & Respect Fund

    IWWWE provides a directed, practical learning experience in a healthcare setting to under-served, low-income women. The skills learned assist in gaining employment in...

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  • Trenton Books at Home

    2014, Youth Development, Education And Training

    Supporting a new partnership between Classics, Trenton 365, and the Trenton Downtown Association to launch an “Adopt a Library Box”...

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  • Dress for Success – Mercer County

    2014, Hope & Respect Fund

    Mobilizing Women: Mercer County Mobile Outreach Program will deliver comprehensive job-readiness programs to 125 Trenton women at agency partner locations...

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  • Trenton Museum Society

    2013, Community Development & Cultural Connections

    To help fund the Art in the Park youth education programs which includes: Summer Art & Theater Camp, After-School Art...

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  • Catholic Youth Organization of Trenton

    2013, Youth Development, Education And Training

    To continue the partnership with the Trenton Community Music School’s Music for the Very Young Music Movement & Literacy enrichment...

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  • In Her Shoes

    2013, Hope & Respect Fund

    In support of their weekly and annual programming that includes family health and wellness seminars, as well as workshops on...

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  • Trenton Community Music School

    2013, Youth Development, Education And Training

    To support the expansion of the Music for the Very Young Music Movement & Literacy enrichment program, focused on bringing...

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  • Dress for Success – Mercer County

    2013, Youth Development, Education And Training

    To fund the Trenton Women Succeeding Project, which provides 500 Trenton area women with strategic assistance in the areas of...

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  • Young Scholars’ Institute

    2013, Youth Development, Education And Training

    To support the College Preparatory Program, which will equip more than 175 students and their parents with tools and resources...

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  • Colleen Attarra Studios

    2012, Community Development & Cultural Connections

    To kick-start the Trenton Blooms project, creating colorful 3-dimensional flower box garden, made of recycled materials, for display from a...

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  • Franklin Parks NE Block Association

    2012, Community Development & Cultural Connections

    To fund the creation of bi-lingual materials that will support the messages of the new civic association and create broader...

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  • National Junior Tennis and Learning of Trenton

    2012, Youth Development, Education And Training

    To support the after-school program Academic Creative Engagement, a national model developed in Trenton that provides hands-on learning in literacy,...

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  • Urban Mission Cabinet

    2012, Community Development & Cultural Connections

    To expand the growing area of the Bethany House of Hospitality community garden by building raised beds for growth of...

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  • Westminster Community Life Center

    2012, Youth Development, Education And Training

    To support the Get SET After School Program, enabling the purchase of a structured comprehensive curriculum called LitART Learn Literacy...

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  • Living Hope Empowerment Center

    2011, Hope & Respect Fund

    To support the Women’s Empowerment Day in Trenton, one-day forum and celebration, encompassing workshops, one-on-one and group discussions, exhibits and...

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  • Kids Against Bullying Gangs and Violence

    2011, Hope & Respect Fund

    To support Bullyproof: Healing, Comforting and Saving Our Youth, to educate the community, specifically our school-aged population, about bullying and...

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  • Trenton Film Society

    2011, Youth Development, Education And Training

    To support the Youth Filmmakers Program to bring together a diverse group of Trenton youth and give them an opportunity...

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  • The Island Civic Association

    2011, Community Development & Cultural Connections

    To support for the updating and reprinting of the “Preparing for River Flooding: Flood Emergency Planning” brochure. Help current and...

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  • Phi Delta Kappa

    2011, Hope & Respect Fund

    To support a youth empowerment program for students in 8th-12th grade. The program will provide students with strategies that they...

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  • Old Barracks Museum

    2011, Youth Development, Education And Training

    To defray the cost of providing free “Meet the Past” programs to students from Trenton schools. This highly colorful and...

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  • South District CPAC

    2011, Community Development & Cultural Connections

    To increase civic engagement in the South Ward by working on two activities: 1) Community newsletter (English/Spanish) which will have...

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  • Dance Spora

    2011, Community Development & Cultural Connections

    To support The Dreamer, a 1-hour long Black History Month dance theater performance, a very inspirational work whose theme is...

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  • Echo, Inc.

    2011, Community Development & Cultural Connections

    To support Senior Sports Night, a collaborative effort by seniors from throughout Trenton area, including those participating in senior citizen...

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  • Young Scholar’s Institute

    2011, Hope & Respect Fund

    To support the college admissions, financial aid and career-planning workshop. Tweet

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  • Beautiful Trenton

    2010, Community Development & Cultural Connections

    To support a committed group of Trenton residents who engaged in a visioning process for the future of the city,...

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  • South Trenton Area Residents’ Society and the Trenton Ferry Historic District

    2010, Community Development & Cultural Connections

    Neighbors were given a joint grant for a community garden project that included cleaning existing lots by removing refuse, adding...

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  • Pilot Program (Sterick Ivey and Trenton Music Conservatory)

    2010, Youth Development, Education And Training

    Free formal piano and violin lessons for homeless children, whose families are being transitioned into permanent housing through Mercer Alliance’s...

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  • Leadership Trenton

    2010, Community Development & Cultural Connections

    Sustainable Initiative Economic Development Committee, a program of Thomas Edison State College Foundation, was funded to collect data and conduct...

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  • Passage Theatre Company

    2010, Community Development & Cultural Connections

    To support the production of “Trenton Lights” a play based on a collection of interviews with 44 city residents highlighting...

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  • La Casita

    2010, Community Development & Cultural Connections

    To support educational sessions on immigration law for members of the various immigrant groups in the City of Trenton, as...

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  • Westminster Presbyterian Church

    2010, Youth Development, Education And Training

    To support Get SET Summer Arts Camp, called “Science Thursdays” which included two trips to the NJ State Museum and...

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  • Akoma Women’s Village

    2010, Youth Development, Education And Training

    To support Wildflowers, a fusion program of culture, etiquette and refinement for young ladies ages 11-16; as the girls mature...

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