Smaller, grassroots organizations and groups are an important force in the Trenton Historic Development Collaborative (THDC) neighborhood, and currently do important work using ad hoc donations and money out of members’ own pockets. Most are either not formal nonprofits, or do not have the experience or capacity to qualify for grants from traditional funders.
Recognizing this, Isles, in partnership with the THDC and I Am Trenton Community Foundation, established a Small Grants Program with Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit funding in 2014. The Small Grants Program improves both the “hard” and “soft” capital of the neighborhood – through redevelopment and stabilization of targeted sites on the one hand, and through services, capacity-building, and the support of grassroots initiatives on the other.
“We are excited to receive the support of Isles, I Am Trenton Community Foundation, and the THDC Small Grants Steering Committee,” said John Morton, CEO of I AM RealTalk, who won a grant to engage youth in cleaning sections of the THDC neighborhood in an effort to rid the community of waste. “This generous $2,500 grant will help our team of young adults complete community projects in the neighborhood. Our youth members enjoy collaborating with adults to complete neighborhood clean-ups on Hanover Street and Bellevue Avenue.”
In its latest round, 7 Small Grants were awarded in November 2015 to support Youth Services, Education, and Neighborhood Safety.
Fall 2015 Grantees
- A Better Way
- I Am Real Talk
- GEMS Youth Development Program
- Energetic Citizens Helping Others (ECHO)
- My Eternal Family
- NAACP Trenton Branch
- Vocational and Service Training (VAST):