The Princeton Area Community Foundation has awarded more than $600,000 in Community Impact and Capacity Building Grants to 16 area nonprofits. That includes the following Trenton-based organizations or projects:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County: $50,000 to provide long-term mentors for children whose families are facing hardships. The agency serves more than 500 youngsters.
Greater Trenton: $50,000 to support community development initiatives to create a more vibrant, safe city for families. The organization plans to implement key goals in its new strategic plan, including a marketing plan to highlight the city’s hidden assets and promote its appeal, while working toward sustained revitalization with nonprofit, public, private, and education-sector partners.
Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund: $50,000 to defend the rights of local Latin American communities, facilitate their access to health care and education, and promote cross-cultural understanding in the region. It served almost 2,000 people in 2017, about double the number of households served the previous year.
McCarter Theater, Trenton School District Arts Integrated Education Program: $50,000 to expand its arts education programming at Trenton schools; the program integrates arts education with language arts and social studies lessons.
Thomas Edison State University Foundation, NJ Cultural Competency and English Language Learners Institute and Mentoring Program: $47,250 to support a 10-year evidence-based professional development program for teachers to help improve their interactions and instruction of English language learners; the grant will support a nine-month mentoring component for teachers in 15 classrooms.
Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, Send Hunger Packing: $35,000 for TASK’s partner program with Mercer Street Friends to deliver weekly meal packs during the academic year to more than 1,000 Mercer County schoolchildren who have little access to food on weekends.
Trenton Children’s Chorus: $20,000 to continue to provide high-quality musical instruction and academic support to about 240 children in grades Pre-K to 12.
UIH Family Partners, Beyond Sanctuary: $50,000 to support approximately 180 men between the ages of 19 and 62 and who have been impacted by traumatic events and will participate in educational programs designed to increase self-sufficiency.
Young Audiences of NJ & Eastern PA, Adopt-a-School Initiative: $50,000 to support the program to address the disparity in arts access and provide arts education in all Trenton elementary and middle schools.