Community Foundation Seeks Applications

grantsThe Princeton Area Community Foundation is accepting applications for its Greater Mercer Grants program, which supports programs that benefit residents of Mercer County, NJ. It made $10 million in grants last year.

Deadline: Sept. 30.

PACF works with individuals, families, businesses, and organizations to create permanent charitable funds that help their communities. The community foundation incorporates social justice into its grantmaking by supporting programs that create opportunity for and the underserved. In addition, PACF seeks to build the strength and capacity of communities and bring about lasting change.

As part of this mission, PACF grants will be awarded to organizations or for projects that fall within one of two categories:

  • Needs of Low-Income Individuals and Families: Grants will be awarded to nonprofit organizations whose applications demonstrate they are capable of making a sustainable difference in the lives of low-income individuals, families and children in Mercer County. Applications can be submitted for program support or operating support.
    • Program support of up to $25,000 will be awarded to support one or more project areas, including economic self-sufficiency, education, health, housing, nutrition, safety, supportive services, or youth development. Operating support of up to $50,000 is available to organizations that demonstrate strong management. Grants are limited to organizations with a focus on serving Mercer County residents.
  • Building Strong Communities: Grants of up to $50,000 are awarded to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations for efforts designed to build or enhance communities by addressing a problem, strengthening networks, and/or taking advantage of a shared opportunity. Projects can address planning, economic development, civic engagement, philanthropy, volunteerism, care of the environment, and the arts, among others. Projects in these areas are eligible for support, as are activities that bring people together to explore and address barriers to relating to each other. Ongoing activities, as opposed to one-time events, receive priority.

Applicants must have tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. In addition, they must be registered with the state of New Jersey as a charity, unless they are a faith-based organization or a school that files curricula with the state.

Info: or (609) 219-1800 Nancy W. Kieling, president.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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