Here’s a breakdown of the major grants that I have written and that were subsequently approved and funded.
Urban League of Hudson County
Funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Two Grants: 1995 $1,000,000 and 1996 $700,000. YouthBuild is a comprehensive employment training program for 16-24 year old high school dropouts. It features academic remediation (GED/ABE), counseling leadership development and construction skills training through building/rehabilitating affordable housing.
Funded by the Corporation for National Service. Three year grant (requiring annual re-applications), 1995-1997, totaling $650,000. First year of a second three year cycle, 1997-1998, $250,000. The AmeriCorps program empowers low-income persons, mostly receiving public assistance, through community service activities. Most of the Members’ service work focuses on providing literacy readiness education to children in day care centers serving low-income minority children. The renewal grant expanded services to include Charter Schools.
A 300+ child day care center formerly operated by the New Jersey Department of Youth and Family Services. The Starting Points center serves abused, neglected, and/or low-income children from mostly minority inner city families. Privatized in 1995, annual operating budget $1,700,000+.
Jersey City Community Charter School
The Jersey City Community Charter School is one of seventeen charters granted by the State of New Jersey in the first round of charters in State history. Charter granted in 1997, first year budget $1,000,000+. The school consists of two programs:
- A model academic elementary school serving inner city children Grade K and growing by one grade per year.
- A Second Chance Program for 15-21 year old dropout youth and those effectively dropped-out.
Improved Solutions for Urban Systems
ISUS Inc., a 501-(c )-(3) not-for-profit corporation, operates a comprehensive education and employment training program for Youth Out of the Education Mainstream
Major Development Projects
$450,000 1998-99 HUD funding approved. 1999-00 grant pending.
$165,000 for 1998 approved.
$300,000 approved for September 1998 – August 1999. $300,000 1999-2000 continuation grant approved.
Points of Light Foundation
$75,000 approved as a match for Dayton Rotary Club fundraising campaign of $250,000.
A panelized construction factory to be used as a training facility. The project is a $6,000,000+ effort. The project has produced a feasibility study, a market analysis, and a business plan.
$380,000 in funding committed. Eight apartments underwent major renovation and returned to market as low-income rental units for independent, young adult, ISUS students.