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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program


The purpose of the federal CDBG Program is to provide cities with funds to help meet the needs of low and moderate income residents, senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, and the homeless.  Trenton receives an annual CDBG allocation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for local use. These funds are used to support a variety of services and for community improvement. In 2012, the City received $2.3 million in CDBG funds.

The purpose of the Emergency Solutions Grant is to assist individuals and families that are homeless or in jeopardy of homelessness. Eligible projects include rapid rehousing and projects that support emergency shelters. In 2012, the City received approximately $230,000 in ESG funds.

Based on yearly needs assessments and community input documented in the 2010 Annual Action Plan, the City of Trenton makes decisions on how to spend CDBG funds in the community.  It is estimated that one out of every three residents in Trenton has benefited in some way from the CDBG-funded projects and programs. In 2012, the City allocated funds to the following:  
  • Demolition of hazardous properties;
  • Rehabilitation of homes owned and occupied by senior citizens and/or individuals with disabilities;
  • Operation of the City’s public pools;
  • Provision of health and social services at the City’s senior citizens centers;
  • Operation of the Trenton Health Clinic (218 North Broad Street);
  • Grant administrative costs (staffing); and
  • Grants to local nonprofits and faith-based organizations for public service projects.
For more information on the background of the CDBG and ESG programs as well as the 2010 Consolidated Plan, download the slideshow from the 2013 public hearing which was held on February 28, 2013.

Each year, 24.5% of the City’s CDBG allocation is made available to local nonprofits and faith-based organizations for public service projects. Application guidelines for the CDBG and ESG applications can be found at the following links: Applications for the 2013-14 of CDBG (and ESG) funding are due on April 8, 2013 at 11:59PM. All applications must be submitted using a web-based system known as ZoomGrants. No fax, email or hand-delivered applications will be accepted. The applications can be found by following this link to ZoomGrants.

Any questions concerning the application process should be submitted to Marc Leckington, Project Coordinator via email.
In 2012, the following projects were funded by the CDBG program:
Organization Name Proposal Title Award
Kidsbridge, Inc. Kidsbridge Middle School Life Skills Program for At-Risk Youth in Trenton: ASCEND $30,000
Trenton Children's Chorus, Inc. Trenton Children's Chorus $20,000
T.A.S.K. Inc. Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) Meal Service Program $10,000
People and Stories-Gente y Cuentos People & Stories - Youth Education $17,967
Princeton Outreach Projects, Inc. - The Crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton Homelessness Prevention $50,000
The Rescue Mission of Trenton Emergency Shelter Supplies $16,350
Millhill Child & Family Development Corporation Trenton PEERS $50,000
Prevention Education Inc. t/a PEI Kids Comprehensive Juvenile Offenders Outreach Services for Trenton Youth and Families $25,000
USTA/NJTL of Trenton Free Access to a Coordinated Pathway of Tennis, Fitness & Enrichment Opportunities for Trenton's Youth $50,000
People and Stories-Gente y Cuentos People & Stories - Adult Education and Employment Preparation $20,542
Young Scholars' Institute College Preparatory Program $50,000
Meals on Wheels of Trenton/Ewing Subsidized Meal Program (SMP) $20,000
A Better Way Inc. Avenue 2 Success $50,000
Boys & Girls Club of Trenton/Mercer County Teen Summer Employment & Work Readiness $30,000
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Mercer County, Inc. Child Advocacy for Adolescents Aging Out of the Child Welfare System $15,000
Habitat for Humanity of Trenton Rehabitation of house #666 N. Clinton $35,000
Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) of Mercer County CYO's Trenton Center Childcare Programs for Children Ages 5-12: After School Program (ASP) and Summer Recreational/Educational Camp (REC) $33,342
Helping Arms, Inc. Helping Arms' Supportive Services Project (HASSP) $19,449

All applications submitted for CDBG funding in 2012 can be reviewed in their entirety here. And ESG applications can be found here.

CDBG Program Archives

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