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Community Foundation Announces Fall Grant Awards of Over Half a Million Dollars to Greater Mercer County Organizations

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ --- Princeton Area Community Foundation (the Community Foundation), the community foundation serving Mercer County and central New Jersey, recently announced its fall 2009 competitive grants awards totaling $545,000 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 $3.5 million of grants distributed through Princeton Area Community Foundation’s 250 Charitable Funds which hold $60 million in assets.
The Community Foundation collaborates with the Harbourton Foundation, NRG, and many Charitable Funds to support the competitive grants program including:  Charles L. and Ann Lee Brown Fund, James E. & Diane W. Burke Fund, Judith and Williams Burks Fund, Jane M. Campbell Fund, Esther Y. Eure Fund, Archer & Thomas Harvey Fund, Robert Wood Johnson Jr. Fund, LVC 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 and the Willy N. Fund
Successful grants are selected which will have the greatest positive impact on the Community Foundation's service area across greater Mercer County.  This round of funding supported a wide range of initiatives, including:
·         Artworks - $25,000 for Art at the Center of Community.
·         CASA of Mercer County - $15,000 for recruitment, screening and supervision of child advocates.
·         Community Justice Center - $15,000 for general operating support.
·         Family Guidance Center/Family & Children's Services - $15,000 for Treatment for Victims of Domestic Violence.
·         Fund for an OPEN Society - $25,000 for East Windsor - Hightstown - Roosevelt OPEN Communities.
·         HomeFront - $15,000 for the Ready, Set, Go! program.
·         Housing & Community Develop Network of NJ - $45,000 for Strengthen Mercer County Advocacy Network and Be Your Own Media Pilot.
·         Interfaith Caregivers Trenton/Faith In Action - $15,000 for the Helping Hands program.
·         Jeremiah Project - $15,000 for English at Jeremiah's.
·         Latin American Legal Defense and Educational Fund - $15,000 for Tremendously Trenton, HelpLine, Bienvenida.
·         LifeTies - $15,000 for Triad's New Population
·         Manifestations of the Prodigal Daughter - $15,000 for the Female Ex-Offender Re-Entry.
·         Mercer Street Friends - $15,000 for Mercer Street Friends Food Bank-Healthy Eating Initiatives and $20,000 for Project Connect.
·         Mobile Meals of Trenton/Ewing - $15,000 for Meals-On-Wheels Program.
·         New Jersey After 3 - $25,000 for the Trenton Afterschool Partnership.
·         Passage Theatre Company - $25,000 for Passage Theatre's Community Bridges.
·         PEI Kids - $15,000 for Comprehensive Juvenile Offenders Outreach Services (CJOOS) program.
·         People & Stories/Gente y Cuentos - $33,000 for Crossing Borders with Literature program:
·         Princeton-Blairstown Center - $15,000 for additional mentoring for at-risk TCHS Freshmen & Sophomores through the TCHS L.O.T. program.
·         Progressive Center for Independent Living - $10,300 for Promoting Self-Advocacy.
·         Rescue Mission of Trenton - $10,000 for Job Readiness program.
·         Sustainable Lawrence - $22,000 for SWELL Neighborhoods.
·         Trenton Education Dance Institute - $10,000 for general operating support.
·         Trinity Counseling Service - $15,000 for Childhood Intervention Initiative.
·         USTA: National Junior Tennis League of Trenton - $15,000 for Nutrition, Education and Tennis Support.
·         VolunteerConnect $40,000 for the Civic Engagement Learning, Enhancement, Awareness and Promotion Project.
·         Womanspace - $15,000 for the Domestic Violence Court Advocacy program.
·         YWCA of Trenton - $15,000 for Job Start.
The Princeton Area Community Foundation promotes philanthropy to advance the well-being of our communities forever. The Community Foundation provides charitable giving expertise to individuals, nonprofits and corporations, and each year invests millions of dollars into the community through grants and scholarships. For more information on the Community Foundation please contact them at 609-219-1800 or online at