Our Grantees

I Am Trenton Community Foundation awards grants to agencies, organizations or individuals in Trenton that serve Trenton residents. We support projects that improve our community, and provide seed capital to ideas that have the potential to grow. Grants are awarded based on a competitive, independent review, in order to promote inclusion, equity and diversity. In 2017 we awarded grants to 17 community projects – our biggest year ever.


Our Grantees


  • A City We See

    2018, Grantees

    Bentrice Jusu uses photography to capture the voices and images of neighborhoods with which she interacts daily in hopes to...

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  • Art All Everywhere

    2018, Grantees

    Artworks is reinforcing the visibility of Trenton’s creative community and the ease of exploring Trenton with reusable, high-visibility placemaking installations...

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  • Bob’s Fun Fitness Active Aging Exercise Classes

    2018, Grantees

    This project is an exercise program with a focus on balance, deep breathing, and meditation/relaxation, designed to get sedentary and/or...

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  • Community Yoga

    2018, Grantees

    Caitlin Fair is providing free yoga to the Trenton community that is open to the public. Tweet

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  • CYO’s Broad St. Trenton Center’s After School Program (ASP) Book Club

    2018, Grantees

    Voluntary Book Club for After School Program (ASP) participants will meet weekly through school year, reading, discussing & doing activities...

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  • License to Succeed

    2018, Grantees

    License to Succeed is Arm in Arm’s driver’s license restoration program, which can help clients to improve their earning power...

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  • Men For H.O.P.E

    2018, Grantees

    Men for H.O.P.E utilizes education and community outreach as tools for social and economic development in Trenton, New Jersey. Tweet

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  • Movies Under the Stars

    2018, Grantees

    Outdoor Flicks & Concessions will provide the Ultimate Movie Night in a local park for the entire family to enjoy...

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  • Patriots Week in the 21st Century

    2018, Grantees

    The Old Barracks Association aims to broaden and deepen community engagement with Trenton’s history through interactive multimedia tools and social...

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  • Poetry Cafe Pop Up Series

    2018, Grantees

    African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County is holding a series of Pop Up Events throughout Trenton where youth can...

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  • Serenity Garden Sign

    2018, Grantees

    Shiloh CDC is purchasing, installing and designing a new and innovative sign for the Serenity Garden. Tweet

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  • The Cuddle Me Program

    2018, Grantees

    This program provides the essentials of daily living for children birth to 4 years of age through the distribution of...

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  • Thomas Grice Academy of Music

    2018, Grantees

    This project is designed to leverage I Am Trenton funding to enhance the music academy’s ability to reach more students,...

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  • Trenton Free Public Library Music Grant

    2018, Grantees

    The Trenton Free Public Library would like to partner with Jim Gaven CEO at Key of Awesome Music, LLC to...

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  • Trenton Music Makers – High School Strings Program

    2018, Grantees

    Trenton Music Makers plans to pilot a strings program at Trenton Central High School, to sustain their engagement with Trenton...

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  • Living More History

    2018, Grantees

    Sixth Regiment of the United States Colored Troops Civil War Re-Enactors Inc is expanding the living history programming offered during...

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  • Black History Month (BHM) Youth Program

    2018, Grantees

    Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is holding an annual talent showcase featuring 100 local Trenton youth sharing their artistic gifts...

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  • Trenton Feminist Book Club

    2018, Grantees

    Trenton Feminist Book Club is a community effort to gather women together from the City of Trenton, NJ by choosing...

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  • Immigrant Roots Mural

    2018, Grantees

    LALDEF would like to commission a mural on the side of their new building representing migration, inclusivity, and justice. Tweet

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  • Academy One Garden

    2018, Grantees, Old Trenton Neighborhood

    Academy One Garden is making improvements to make the garden more sociable and hospitable. This project will include purchasing materials for...

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  • Andrew Wilkinson

    2018, Grantees, Old Trenton Neighborhood

    This project requires the installation of reflective material over the boarded up windows and doors (and other structures) in the...

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  • Artworks Trenton Inc.

    2018, Grantees, Old Trenton Neighborhood

    This project involves Old Trenton youth and families making art under the supervision of Artworks and artist Marthalicia Matarrita at...

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  • Bruce Lindsay and Aylin Green

    2018, Grantees, Old Trenton Neighborhood

    The OTN Art Puzzle is a community art project designed to create recognition of the unique shape of the City...

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  • Each One Teach One

    2018, Grantees, Old Trenton Neighborhood

    “Each One Teach One” is designed to create dialogue within the Old Trenton Community and its neighbors through film screenings...

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  • First Presbyterian Church of Trenton

    2018, Grantees, Old Trenton Neighborhood

    The First Presbyterian Church seeks to become more involved with the Old Trenton community by creating a sign about its...

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  • Herman ‘Shorty’ Rose

    2018, Grantees, Old Trenton Neighborhood

    An educational program introducing local children to the Old Trenton Neighborhood Arts District, teaching children about the neighborhood and developing...

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  • Leon Rainbow / TAWA

    2018, Grantees, Old Trenton Neighborhood

    The bright and colorful mural will depict the cityscape on Broad Street from Broad St. Discount Furniture to Mercer County...

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  • Six Oh Nine Project

    2018, Grantees, Old Trenton Neighborhood

    Six Oh Nine’s F.A.C.T. is a 12-week photography program dedicated the youth of Trenton, NJ. The program will teach participants...

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  • The Garvey School

    2018, Grantees, Old Trenton Neighborhood

    GCEP (Garvey Community Education Program) is non-credit education program designed to empower the inner-city community with educational, cultural, and performing...

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  • The Orchid Group

    2018, Grantees, Old Trenton Neighborhood

    The “Creative Capital” project is designed to cultivate residents’ interest and ownership in the Old Trenton creative economy. The Orchid Group...

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  • The Trenton People’s Bookfair

    2018, Grantees, Old Trenton Neighborhood

    The Trenton People’s Bookfair is a multicultural, free, family friendly, all day event celebrating equality, equity, diversity, and the city...

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  • Trenton Community A-TEAM

    2018, Grantees, Old Trenton Neighborhood

    The Trenton Community A-TEAM is creating 12 free standing 4’x6′ panels for community and TCAT Projects. They will be installed...

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  • Walter Roberts

    2018, Grantees, Old Trenton Neighborhood

    Walter Roberts is a local artist who will showcase a full range of people, streetscapes, and distinct features of the...

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  • William Kinsley

    2018, Grantees, Old Trenton Neighborhood

    Off the Chain will be monthly community bicycle repair workshops at the Orchid House. These workshops will be open to...

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  • Trenton Music Makers

    2017, Grantees

    Trenton Music Makers will promote six especially dedicated children from the Trenton Music Makers orchestra program to the role of...

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  • Trenton Council of Civic Associations

    2017, Grantees

    Building on the success of Taste Trenton, its popular restaurant crawl, TCCA will update existing directional signs to reflect the...

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  • SLOW Art

    2017, Grantees

    (Image credit: Hidden Trenton.) SLOW Art will work with local artists to create a ‘mini-mural’ – small is scale, but...

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  • Dress for Success Central New Jersey

    2017, Grantees

    Dress for Success is working with Trenton-based Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF) on the FUTURO program, to...

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  • Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF)

    2017, 2017, Grantees

    The FUTURO project is an inclusive and diverse youth mentoring model for first- and second-generation immigrant students living in Trenton....

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  • Sprout U School of the Arts

    2017, Grantees

    “Cultures of Wealth” is a two-part financial literacy pilot program that experiments with creative, alternative learning modes: an in-school finance...

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  • Tre’Devon Lane Foundation

    2017, Grantees

    The Sisters Inspiring Program and Project M.E.N.S Mentoring Program will help shape the minds young people by giving them space...

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  • Cadwalader Place Civic Association

    2017, Grantees

    The “For You” Garden (located at 909 Carteret Avenue) is a community space that the Cadwalader Place neighborhood reclaimed from...

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  • Community Justice Center

    2017, Grantees

    Consistent with its overall mission of encouraging the empowerment, resiliency, and rights of those struggling with disabilities, “Making the Invisible...

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  • Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County

    2017, Grantees

    Project Healthy Bones is a free 24-week exercise and wellness program for Trenton seniors who have or are at risk...

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  • Leon Rainbow / Jersey Fresh Jam

    2017, Grantees

    The “Each One Teach One” project will teach 100 middle school students at Hedgepeth Williams Middle School how to create...

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  • Artworks Trenton

    2017, Grantees

    This project builds on the success of Art All Day, Trenton’s open studio tour, by creating the firstan interactive online...

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  • Urban Mental Health Alliance

    2017, Grantees

    “Make Me Wanna Holla!” is a youth spoken word and arts exhibition highlighting the impact of trauma in the lives...

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  • Children’s Home Society of New Jersey

    2017, Grantees

    Know Your Rights: Through a series of community education workshops, the Children’s Home Society of New Jersey (CHSofNJ) aims to...

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  • June Ballinger

    2017, Grantees

    In response to considerable popular demand for professional acting classes, June Ballinger, recently-retired long-time artistic director of Passage Theatre, will...

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  • Lora Productions LLC

    2017, Grantees

    “Voices of Trenton” is a project that gives young people (ranging from 5 to 24) access to professional audio equipment...

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  • Prospect Street Garden / the Orchid Group

    2017, Grantees

    Project: Garden State of Mind aims to increase the appeal of gardening to attract more young adults to see the...

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  • 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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