Princeton Area Community Foundation (the Community Foundation), the community foundation serving Mercer County and central New Jersey, recently announced its Spring 2011 competitive grant awards totaling $436,544 in funding to local nonprofits for a full range of community building programs and activities.

The Community Foundation collaborates with the Piper Sutton Foundation, BlackRock 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 awarded to those organizations and programs that have the most positive impact on the greater Mercer County community.

Community Building:

Princeton Center for Leadership Training – $50,000
Campaign Connect – Mercer County

Housing & Community Develop Network of NJ – $35,000
Mercer County Development Team

Storytelling Arts – $15,000
CityArts Program

Operating Support:

Better Beginnings Day Care Center of Hightstown/East Windsor, Inc. – $25,000

Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Greater Mercer County – $20,000

Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness – $25,000

Program Support:

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton – $25,000
El Centro de Recursos para Familias (El Centro)

Every Child Valued – $25,000
Every Child Valued After School Program

Greater Donnelly Neighborhood Initiative – $17,000
Choices Gang-Resistance Initiative

Institute of Wonderful Working Women for Empowerment – $21,000
Career Connection eMentorship Program

NAMI Mercer NJ – $20,000
Mental Health Consumers Program

Princeton Senior Resource Center – $15,000
Engaged Retirement & Encore Careers Program

Rider University – $15,000
2011 Minding Our Business Summer Program

RISE/A Community Service Partnership – $15,000
H.E.L.P. (Hightstown-East Windsor Learning Partners)

Shiloh Community Development Corporation – $25,000
Childrens Defense Fund Freedom Schools Program

Trenton Children’s Chorus – $25,000
Trenton Children’s Chorus

Westminster Community Life Center – $18,680
Get SET Literacy Program

Young Audiences of New Jersey – $24,000
The Trenton Adopt-a-School Initiative

Your ReSource, Inc. – $20,864
Low Income Project II