2021 Community Funding Project Requests

Projects Requested:

Below is a list of community projects Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. has submitted for funding this year.  If you do not see your project among those listed, please feel free to submit your request again for possible funding next year.  Projects are listed according to the sponsor, requested amount, and specific need.  

 

Proposed recipient: AAngelsNJ

Address of the recipient: 51 Woodland Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042

Amount requested: $436,100

Explanation of the request

  • This is a meditation and restorative yoga program that will offer a free one-hour meditation and yoga class weekly in Essex County.  This program will be for 10 up to 20 cancer survivors free of charge.  The participating cancer survivors will be taught mediation and yoga postures that they can do at home at their convenience outside of the one-day weekly class for five months from September - January 2021-2022 with respect to current Covid-19 allowances and precautions.  A second group of survivors will participate in the second half of the program for the remaining program five months from February - June 2022.  Our hope is to help survivors thrive by teaching them calming and stress reducing methods that will last a lifetime throughout any life circumstance that may come their way including another cancer diagnosis. The meditation and yoga will be taught by a certified instructor.

Member’s signed certification letter

 

Proposed recipient: I Have A Dream Foundation - NJ

Address of the recipient: 60 Park Place, Suite 601, Newark, NJ 07102

Amount requested: $500,000

Explanation of the request

  • We are revolutionizing Thirteenth Avenue School by building a true STEAM School and a true Community School.  The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) approach is to integrate subject areas so that content is more engaging and accessible to students, addressing the whole child and approaching learning as it truly happens rather than through the misleading strategy of focusing just on test scores.  The Community School approach recognizes that the family and the wider community are vital the child’s success and health, and we will never make real change if we don’t address everything as an interconnected ecosystem.  We are overhauling the curriculum, integrating subjects and learning across the school day, through out-of-school-time programs, and through our supports to the home and the community.  Integrated learning is at the center of everything.  We are overhauling facilities to create a true STEAM, green, and community school, with a new garden, culinary room, green house, makerspace, and opportunity for the community to both give back to the school and find needed resources through the school, including healthy food and income opportunities.

Member’s signed certification letter

 

Proposed recipient: International Youth Organization

Address of the recipient: 730 South 12th St, Newark, NJ 07103

Amount requested: $404650

Explanation of the request

  • For the past 50 years, the International Youth Organization (IYO) has consistently reached its goal of aiding in the social and educational development of the youth ages 14-25 years-old, and their family members, while assuring them the opportunity to become productive citizens.  The IYO Community Service Corp/NJ Youth Corp programs have received over 35,000 participants through various projects including; academics/tutoring, (TIBS/Training in Basic skills) employment & training, various housing rehab projects (Habitat for Humanity), etc. National figures show that the negative social decline in this demographic has been affected by drug usage, low skilled employment opportunities, dysfunctional families, etc., which has produced more homeless youth that now need social services, life skills, and safe spaces. The program assists in continued social and educational development for this demographic through various community service projects.

Member’s signed certification letter

 

Proposed recipient: Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Inc.

Address of the recipient: 550 Broad Street, 15th floor, Newark, NJ 07102

Amount requested: $971,977

Explanation of the request

  • With small businesses still facing dire circumstances, Small Businesses Need Us, launched in 2020, matches business professionals as volunteers with small business owners who need hands-on support and expertise to get their businesses back on track. For each participating business, we create a cross-functional volunteer team, a Success Circles team, with the expertise needed to address the specific needs of the businesses identified through intake. Business owners will also have access to a pool of shared resources including administrative, marketing, and bookkeeping support. Our model creates interaction between the volunteers and business owners who are unlikely to be connected otherwise. This interaction helps to break down barriers between people from different communities and encourages people from resource-rich communities to engage with entrepreneurs in resource-scarce communities. This program complements funding programs, supports businesses unable to get funding, and inspires collective action toward shared economic interests. This project will enable us to support 300 businesses in addition to those we currently serve.

Member’s signed certification letter

 

Proposed recipient: Metropolitan Family Health Network, Inc.

Address of the recipient: 935 Garfield Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304

Amount requested: $798,000

Explanation of the request

  • The proposed project will restore and renew the interior and exterior infrastructure of a community health center that serves 16,000 community members and manages 60,000 medical, dental, and behavioral health visits per year.  The restoration will include improvements to portions of the 70-year old exterior and 27-year old interior of the health center including an enhanced HVAC system to improve air quality, roof replacement, refurbishing of the building exterior, additional parking to increase access to care, exterior lighting to improve safety, and equipment upgrades to enhance the quality of care.  The funding requested will renew and restore a vital part of Jersey City’s public health infrastructure that is closest to the communities that are in the greatest need and typically the hardest to reach.  The improvements will fortify the center’s ability to respond to the healthcare needs of the community during normal times as well as during national crises.

Member’s signed certification letter

 

Proposed recipient: Newark Community Health Centers

Address of the recipient: 741 Broadway, Newark, NJ 07104

Amount requested: $760,000

Explanation of the request

  • Community health centers play an increasingly important role in the community and offer a wide range of services spanning a full spectrum of care for conditions that can be successfully managed in community settings. Newark Community Health Centers (NCHC) provides critical services, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately impacted our community. Over the years, due to normal wear and tear of aging buildings, two parking lots are in dire need of updating and renovating. NCHC has put money into essential repairs and upgrades over the years, but the facilities are in need of more renovations and repairs that they do not have the funding for.

Member’s signed certification letter

 

Proposed recipient: Newark Community Street Team, Inc.

Address of the recipient: 915 South 16th Street, Newark NJ 07108

Amount requested: $470,202

Explanation of the request

  • NCST will expand our existing comprehensive public safety initiative, consisting of our multi-pronged strategy centering the Newark community. Funding will support the following key components: High Risk Intervention, expanding community outreach work, violence intervention services, and program evaluation

Member’s signed certification letter

 

Proposed recipient: Newark Emergency Services for Families

Address of the recipient: 982 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102

Amount requested: $316,500

Explanation of the request

  • Resilience WORKS will be a comprehensive work readiness program for three hard-to-serve target populations: Homeless or formerly homeless individuals, the long-term unemployed, and those returning from incarceration. Integration of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) will undergird the project and provide a crucial resource to drive successful outcomes - access to professional services that strengthen clients’ ability to overcome immediate challenges, manage stressors and develop protective factors over the long term.  The project has three interdependent parts:  Core supports provide food, clothing, hygiene, haircuts and grooming; The LCSW will provide evaluations, counseling and case management to help clients manage emotional and psychological challenges that create obstacles to employment, self-reliance, and in the long-term, social and economic stability; and workforce education will develop soft skills, life skills, job search, resume writing and interviewing techniques.

Member’s signed certification letter

 

Proposed recipient: Saint Peter's University

Address of the recipient: 2641 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City, NJ 07306

Amount requested: $1,100,000

Explanation of the request

  • Saint Peter’s University will create a Center for Child and Human Development to address community needs through education, youth and family services, teacher and parent training and social policy research. Inequity can derail a child’s future at a very early age, worsened by the economic shock of COVID-19. Integrated education, human services and social work prepare students to challenge unequal structures and systems around race, age and social class. It can fill much-needed counseling jobs in schools, healthcare settings and nonprofits as people recover. This replicable, wraparound model uses the CDC’s Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model, fusing health, academic and economic achievement for at-risk populations. Interventions include social and emotional climate, physical environment, health services, counseling, psychological and social services, wellness and family engagement. Partner institutions include 3 local school districts, a hospital system and social agencies.

Member’s signed certification letter

 

Proposed recipient: Township of Hillside

Address of the recipient: 1409 Liberty Ave, Hillside, NJ 07205

Amount requested: $ 250,000

Explanation of the request

  • This project calls for the implementation of a spray park at Hillside’s Central Avenue Park. Central Avenue Park serves as the central location for all outdoor recreation-related activities in Hillside. Central Avenue Park needs additional recreational equipment to better serve all residents. For years, the Township has sought to install equipment to turn a portion of the space into a spray park for young residents. There are several passive and active recreational activities in the Central Avenue Park area, but none that are conducive to pair with the municipal pool. The new spray park will accomplish that goal by implementing a splash pad with spray features and a filtration system, a multi-purpose pool, and required drainage upgrades. The implementation of this project is part of the Township’s overarching goal of upgrading its open space for residents.

Member’s signed certification letter