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Princeton Area Community Foundation Fund for Women and Girls Awards $132,500 in Grants

The Fund for Women and Girls Grant Committee

The Princeton Area Community Foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls has awarded $132,500 in grants to six local non-profits.

“Our Fund works to improve the lives of economically vulnerable women and girls in the region through community investment, education and collaboration,’’ said Carolyn Sanderson, fund chair. “We are thrilled to announce that this year was our single largest grantmaking year since our founding in 1998.”

Grantee-partners include the Millhill Child and Family Development Corporation in Trenton, HomeFront, PEI Kids, the Family Guidance Center in Hamilton, the Henry J. Austin Health Center in Trenton, and RISE in Hightstown,

The Millhill Child and Family Development Corporation was awarded a three-year grant of $75,000 to support the Female Trenton PEERS Empowerment and Education Program, an outreach and support group for young women in high school that provides intensive mentoring, leadership development, and peer education.

HomeFront was awarded a grant of $25,000 for its Childcare Access for Mothers in Need program at the Atkinson Child Development Center in Ewing. The program will focus on the educational, health, and workforce needs of very low-income mothers. Their children receive free childcare as part of the program.

PEI Kids in Lawrenceville was awarded a grant of $25,000 for Helping Girls Achieve: A Therapeutic & Educational Support Group. The program will address health and educational issues for girls who have been or who are at risk of being sexually abused.

The Family Guidance Center, the Henry J. Austin Health Center, and RISE were awarded relationship building grants of $2,500 each.

The Princeton Area Community Foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls supports the economic security of women and girls in Central New Jersey. The Princeton Area Community Foundation promotes philanthropy and builds community across Mercer County and central New Jersey. It helps people and companies make effective charitable gifts and awards grants to nonprofits. Since its founding in 1991, the Community Foundation has grown into an organization with more than $120 million in assets and made grants of over $75 million, including $16 million in 2015.

Krystal Knapp

Krystal Knapp is the founding editor of Planet Princeton. She can be reached via email at editor AT planetprinceton.com. Send all letters to the editor and press releases to that email address.

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