LAWRENCEVILLE, NJPrinceton Area Community Foundation, the community foundation serving central New Jersey, today announced its Spring 2013 competitive grant awards totaling $506,990 in funding to local nonprofit organizations that serve those in need and build community throughout greater Mercer County.

To date, Greater Mercer Grants has invested $8.5 million in the most innovative and effective work being done in our region. Each year, more than 120 local nonprofits submit detailed proposals. The Community Foundation’s grants committee reviews them in a rigorous, competitive process.

The Community Foundation collaborates with NRG Energy and the Harbourton Foundation, along with many charitable funds established by individuals and families to support the competitive grants program. * A full list of these funds can be found here.

Grants are awarded in Community Building, which supports efforts that build social capital – the shared will and networks needed to tackle community problems – as well as in the form of Unrestricted Support and specific Program Support to organizations that meet the needs of low income individuals and families.


Building Community

Princeton Center for Leadership Training (Center for Supportive Schools) – $50,000.00 for Campaign Connect – Mercer County

The Citizens Campaign – $50,000.00 for Trenton Call to Service

Housing and Community Development Network of NJ – $30,000.00 for Building the Region’s Social Capital

Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness – $25,000.00 for A Plan to End Individual Homelessness in Mercer County

Preservation New Jersey – $10,000.00 for Advancing the Adaptive Re-use Study for the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing


Program Support

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County – $25,000.00 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County, Inc.

Greater Donnelly Neighborhood Initiative – $24,990.00 for Gang Resistance Programs

Mercer Street Friends Center – $15,000.00 for the Food Bank Response to Child Hunger

Minding Our Business, Inc. – $25,000.00 for Minding Our Business: A High Quality Summer Program for Low-Income Youth

Mount Carmel Guild of Trenton – $20,000.00 for Emergency Assistance Program – Food Pantry

Shiloh Community Development Corporation – $25,000.00 for Shiloh CDC Freedom School

Children’s Home Society of NJ – $15,000.00 for Trenton Educational Dance Institute (TEDI)

Westminster Community Life Center – $25,000.00 for Get SET Academic Support Program

YMCA of Princeton – $20,000.00 for Princeton Young Achievers

Young Audiences of New Jersey – $12,000.00 for the Adopt-a-School Initiative


Unrestricted Support

Better Beginnings Day Care Center of Hightstown/East Windsor, Inc – $25,000.00

Institute of Wonderful Working Women for Empowerment – $25,000

Latin American Legal Defense and Educational Fund – $25,000.00

Millhill Child & Family Development Corporation – $20,000.00

Princeton Nursery School – $20,000.00

Trenton Children’s Chorus – $20,000.00