Funding Priorities

The Smith Family Foundation will fund Grassroots organizations in the city of Trenton.  Grassroots organizations as defined by the foundation are as follows:
Grass Roots Organizations are started by likeminded people who are passionate about empowering communities.  They speak directly to a subsection of the community with whom are in their circle of influence.  Grass Roots organizations have leadership and organizational “gaps” that may hinder their growth and support from the larger community; however, these organizations have big ideas about change but little resources to become the transformative agent that they seek to be in their community. The Smith Family Foundation is seeking to provide some of these resources to organizations who further our mission to Educate, Cultivate, and Transform lives in Trenton, NJ


The Smith Family Foundation funds organization in Three Categories.

Forever Forward Grants – Each organization seeking 3 year grants must be GRASS ROOTS with a leadership willing to participate in our training program during the entire life of the Grant Cycle. 

One Year Grants – Each organization seeking a 1 year grant must agree to attend two technical workshops during the duration of their grant cycle.

Summer Programming – Each organization seeking summer funding will agree to participate in one leadership development training.

Organizations may apply for one type of grant.  Multiple grants will not be reviewed.  Except, One Year applicants may apply for Summer Funding.


  • Academic Enrichment
  • College Prep
  • Professional Development
  • Extended School Time Programming
  • Summer Camps

Neighborhood Development

  • Leadership Development
  • Homelessness
  • Job Training
  • Summer Camp/Summer Programs
  • Parenting Skills
  • Academic Enrichment

Youth & Families

  • Mentoring (Young Women in Newark)
  • Youth Development
  • Fine & Performance Arts
  • Parent/Community Engagement

Christian Education

  • Ministry Leadership Development
  • Ministry Capacity Building
  • Summer Bible Camp


  • Scholarship for Students with Disabilities
  • Scholarship for Students in Ministry

Special Projects

  • Mt. Sinai Church Project – Multi-Year Capital Campaign
  • Smith Family Youth Council- SFFYC is a special training initiative design to produce and develop young leaders. Our pragmatic learning model prepares youth to be successful in the global market of business and provides them with role models and resources to be successful.

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for grant funding, organizations must:

  • Have non-profit, tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) or 509(a) of the IRS Code and be in good standing.
  • Be located in or provide service to communities within Smith Family Foundation Service Area.

What we look for in an applicant organization:

  • Fiscal stability
  • Address community needs related to our funding priorities
  • Established leadership/governance
  • Diverse board and staff; reflective of the community being served

When reviewing proposals, preference is given to funding opportunities/initiatives that:

  • Make efforts to collaborate with other groups providing similar programs or services
  • Include financial commitments from a variety of sources
  • Utilize an effective evaluation plan specific to the proposed funding opportunity/initiative.
  • Demonstrate measurable goals and outcomes

Funding Limitations

The Smith Family Foundation does not provide funding for the following:

  • Direct support of Individuals
  • Endowments
  • School Clubs/Organizations, including, but not limited to bands, athletic or academic teams, booster clubs, PTO/PTA.
  • Meals, tickets, dues, membership fees, travel, tuition, subscriptions and other tangible benefits.
  • Childcare fees/subsidies or K-12 tuition
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, age or religion
  • Sponsorships, fundraisers, races, telethons, marathons, benefits, banquets, galas, golf tournaments, festivals or other events
  • Feasibility studies, project research or development phases, including the cost of hiring consultants or planners
  • Medical Research
  • Local programs in places other than Trenton, NJ. (With the exception to Mentoring Groups for teen girls in Newark, NJ)
  • Capital Campaigns
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