CAMDEN CITY, NJ – George E. Norcross, III, Chairman of Cooper University Health Care, announced that four Camden City based non-profit community organizations will receive grant awards from the supplemental round of the Camden City Community Grant Program. Each grantee will receive a $5,000 grant to fund a significant community building activity within the next 18 months.
Conner Strong & Buckelew, American Water, The Michaels Organization, NFI, and The Cooper Foundation are the founding sponsors of the $1 million grant program which will award community building grants over the next five years to Camden City based non-profit organizations committed to making Camden a healthier place to live, work, learn and play.
In February, the first round of the new program awarded grants to 29 Camden City non-profit organizations. With additional funds available, a supplemental round was announced in early March with a call for applications.
"Now more than ever, it is vital to support community-based organizations who provide services to Camden youth and families,” said Norcross. “We are proud to partner with non-profit community organizers who make a difference in Camden."
The goal of the Camden City Community Grant Program is to address social determinants of health by funding applicants that demonstrate a focus on one of the following Community Building Activities: physical improvements and housing, economic development, community support, environmental improvements, leadership development and training for community members, coalition building, community health improvement advocacy or workforce development.
Below is the list of the Camden City Community Grant Program Supplemental Round recipients:
Camden County Women’s Center
Program Name: Camden Women's Center Renovations
Purpose of Grant: To assist with facility upgrades at the Women’s Outreach Center in Camden, which supports victims of domestic violence and their children.
Education Over Everything Foundation
Program Name: Young Moguls Club Youth Entrepreneurship Program
Purpose of Grant: To support an entrepreneurship program for Camden youth by teaching them the skills to establish a business plan for invention, idea or service so they can take their vision to the next level.
Program Name: Youth Night Program
Purpose of Grant: To provide supplies, support and transportation for an existing youth program which offers educational, social and service-oriented programming to low-income Camden residents ages 12-19.
Nick Virgilio Haiku Association
Program Name: Food, Arts & Haiku
Purpose of Grant: To support nutrition and arts for Camden residents in the Waterfront South neighborhood by bringing Community Supported Agriculture, online cooking classes, and food-inspired haiku workshops for all ages.