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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program
UPDATE! 2016-17 Action Plan Available for Review HERE!


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 2015-16, the City received $2.6 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 2015-16, the City received approximately $230,000 in ESG funds.

Based on yearly needs assessments and community input documented in the 2014 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 2013, 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.
Each year, 24.5% of the City’s CDBG allocation is made available to local nonprofits and faith-based organizations for public service projects. 

Applications for the 2016-17 CDBG (and ESG) funding were due on February 5, 2016 at 5:00PM. All applications must be submitted using a web-based system known as ZoomGrants. No fax, email or hand-delivered applications will be accepted. The application can be found by following this link:

A copy of the City's 2016-17 Action Plan can be found at the following here.

Any questions concerning the application process should be submitted to Farrah Gee, Project Coordinator via email.
In 2015-16, the following projects were funded by the CDBG program:
Applicant Application Title Award
HomeFront, Inc. Hire Expectations $34,000
Trenton Community Music School Trenton Music Makers - an El Sistema inspired Community Youth Orchestra $21,250
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Mercer County, Inc. Youth Advocacy and Mentoring Services for Adolescents Aging out of the Child Welfare System $14,450
Boys & Girls Club of Trenton/Mercer County School Age Childcare: After-School and Summer Program $25,500
Prevention Education Inc. t/a PEI Kids Comprehensive Juvenile Offender Outreach Services $34,000
Boys & Girls Club of Trenton/Mercer County Teen Summer Employment & Work Readiness $25,500
Millhill Child & Family Development Corporation Trenton PEERS Gang Prevention $40,694
The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County Homelessness Prevention $42,500
Young Scholars' Institute College Preparatory Program $38,250
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County Trenton-Based Youth Mentoring Programs $25,500
Trenton Children's Chorus, Inc. Trenton Children's Chorus $21,250
The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County Housing Stability Shallow Subsidy and Case Management $42,500
The Rescue Mission of Trenton Emergency Shelter - Bed Nights $50,000
T.A.S.K. Inc. TASK Meal Service Program $8,500
Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) of Mercer County CYO's Broad St. Center Recreational/Educational Summer Day Camp Program (REC) $25,500
National Junior Tennis & Learning of Trenton, Inc. (NJTLT) NJTLT ASHE And ACE Program Expansion $29,750
Shiloh Community Development Corporation Ready to Launch" Work Readiness Program" $23,617
Mercer County Hispanic  Association Choose to Live in Trenton Program $42,500
Vocational Arts Science & Training Center Inc. GED/Employability Training and Community Service Project $15,000
Isles, Inc. Trenton Residential Healthy, Energy, and Environmental Transformation  $68,000
Family Guidance Center Corporation Children's Day Treatment $21,250
Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness Homeless ID Project  $12,325
Bonner Center for Civic and Community Engagement at The College of New Jersey Trenton Youth Empowerment Project $42,296
Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) of Mercer County CYO's East State St. Center (ESSC) Summer Camp $17,000
Isles, Inc. Urban Agriculture in Trenton $34,000
Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County Neighbors Helping Neighbors Stay Healthy $21,250
Living Hope Empowerment Center Youth Living with Hope - Out of School Program $28,526
YMCA of Trenton After School Academic Success $34,000
Play Soccer Nonprofit International Play for Fun, Learn for Life Trenton $32,045
Enable, Inc. Home Modifications/Accessibilities Projects for Trenton Residents $42,092
YWCA Trenton YWCA Trenton After School Program $29,750

Completed applications submitted for CDBG funding in 2015-16 can be reviewed in their entirety here. And ESG applications can be found here.

CDBG Program Archives

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