PRINCETON, NJ — Fifteen local nonprofits recently received grants from the Princeton Area Community Foundation.

The funds were awarded in Community Impact and COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund grants.

In total, more than 60 organizations working on a broad variety of needs in the community, including arts education, community building, education, food insecurity, health, supporting senior citizens and other vulnerable populations, and youth development received this funding.

The funds will help the organizations address the challenges of economic uncertainty due to the pandemic and inflation. The organizations can use the funds where they need it most.

“These nonprofits are doing impactful work in region, helping the most vulnerable among us,” Jeffrey M. Vega, President & CEO of the Community Foundation, said in a statement.

“We are able to award these grants thanks to generous donors who have created funds over the last 30 years to support our community grantmaking and leadership.”

Among the largest grants was a $115,000 grant to Arm In Arm, which is working with Housing Initiatives of Princeton to prevent evictions.

Here’s a list of Princeton area grantee:

  • Stretto Youth Chamber Orchestra, based in Princeton and Trenton, to help expand Trinity Strings, a weekend educational program in Trenton for children ages 4 to 18.
  • Young Audiences NJ and Eastern PA, Princeton, to help fund its Arts Impact Initiative at two schools. The model provides comprehensive, diverse arts programs directly to students and infuses the arts into schools to support student learning and creative school communities.
  • D&R Greenway Land Trust, based in Princeton, to expand its Community Sharing Garden at St. Michaels Farm Preserve in Hopewell and replicate it at Point Breeze in Bordentown. Both sites will host educational gatherings and work with community partners to provide fresh, organic produce to those in need.
  • Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County, Princeton, which runs brick and mortar and mobile food pantries
  • Princeton Mobile Food Pantry, Princeton, to support its distribution of fresh and healthy groceries to food-insecure Princeton residents.
  • Share My Meals, Princeton, which recovers surplus meals from food providers and distributes them to local, food-insecure communities in the Princeton area. The organization distributes more than 5,000 meals per month.
  • The Suppers Programs, Princeton, which partners with other nonprofits to provide access to nutritional information and educational programs, such as Healthy Cooking on a Budget.
  • Princeton Senior Resource Center, Princeton, to help the organization increase the participation of underserved residents, as well as fund DEI training and hire a coordinator of outreach and diversity.
  • Corner House Foundation, Princeton, to provide support for its holistic approach to treating substance use disorders .
  • HISPA, Inc. (Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance and Achievement), Princeton, for its Role Model Program and Imagine Day – Corporate Visits program for English Language Learners at three Trenton Middle Schools, as well as its Ready, Set, GOals! Program at the Trenton 9th Grade Academy, which brings Latino professionals into the classroom to conduct academic and career workshops.
  • HiTOPs, Princeton, for its Celebrating LGBTQ+ Youth! Program, which includes support groups for youth and parents, a youth drop-in center, a summer program, and educational programs for adults.
  • Princeton-Blairstown Center, based in Princeton and Blairstown, for its innovative Venture Out program. Working with Mercer Street Friends and the Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County, they will pilot a hands-on science program for Trenton middle school students.
  • Princeton Nursery School, Princeton, to provide operating support for the organization, which operates a high-quality, affordable preschool and also provides assistance to students’ families. The school also received an addition grant from the COVID-19 Fund to help provide scholarships for struggling families because many of the parents lost jobs at the height of the pandemic.
  • Princeton YMCA, Princeton, to help fund its after-school Princeton Young Achievers program, which helps economically disadvantaged children improve their school performance and academic skills.
  • YWCA of Princeton, Princeton, for its LEAP workforce development program, which includes college prep for teen girls; financial literacy for college-age women; mentorship matching, a leadership speaker series, and workshops on resume writing and interviewing.

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