Twenty-three nonprofits receive funding through the Community Foundation to support diverse initiatives

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ — Princeton Area Community Foundation (the Community Foundation), the community foundation serving Mercer County and central New Jersey, recently announced its Fall 2010 competitive grant awards totaling $471,400 in funding to local nonprofits for a full range of community building programs and activities. This round brings the year-to-date total to over $3.4 million of grants distributed through Princeton Area Community Foundation’s 270 Charitable Funds, which hold $68 million in assets.

The Community Foundation collaborates with the Harbourton Foundation and many charitable funds to support the competitive grants program including: Tristan Beplat Fund, Blair Family Fund, Charles L. and Ann Lee Brown Fund, James E. & Diane W. Burke Fund, Judith and William Burks Fund, Jane M. Campbell Fund, Esther Y. Eure Fund, Archer & Thomas Harvey Fund, Robert Wood Johnson Jr. Fund, Kuser Arts Fund, LVC Fund, Princeton Youth Fund, Leroy E. “Brick” Purvis Charitable Fund, Barbara B. Smoyer Memorial Fund, Marjorie R. Smoyer Fund, Stanley C. Smoyer Fund, Speir Fund, Frank E. Taplin Jr. Fund, Weymar Fund, Whitehead Fund, Willy N. Fund, and several advised funds.

Grants are made to have the most positive effect on the greater Mercer County community.

Community Building:

Better Beginnings Day Care Center $20,000
to encourage “Community Unity” in Hightstown, East Windsor, & Roosevelt
Millhill Child & Family Development Corporation $8,550
for sponsorship of the Trenton Stakeholders
Passage Theatre Company $25,000
for community building through story circles
People & Stories/Gente y Cuentos $37,843
for Crossing Borders with Literature

Operating support:

Boys & Girls Club of Trenton/Mercer County $25,000
Community Justice Center $25,000
Crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton $25,000
Interfaith Caregivers Trenton/Faith In Action $15,000
Latin American Legal Defense and Educational Fund $20,000
LifeTies $25,000
New Jersey Farmers Against Hunger $15,000
Planned Parenthood Association of the Mercer Area $25,000
Princeton Nursery School $15,000
Trenton Education Dance Institute $10,000
VolunteerConnect $25,000
Womanspace $25,000

Program Support:

CASA of Mercer County $25,000
to recruit, screen, and supervise child advocate volunteers
Family Guidance Center/Family & Children’s Services $20,000
for mental health treatment services for victims of domestic violence
Mercer Street Friends Center $15,000
for the healthy eating initiative
Mobile Meals of Trenton/Ewing $15,000
for Meals on Wheels
PEI Kids $20,000
for outreach to juvenile offenders
Progressive Center for Independent Living $10,000
to teach self-advocacy to disabled youth
Trinity Counseling Service $25,000
for the Childhood Intervention Initiative