Camden Promise Zone and ConnectHome 
present a recap of the recent city affairs! 

This monthly recap will feature news updates from the City of Camden, highlighting the progress occurring in the Promise Zone. Community input and support is fundamental to the success of the Promise Zone over the next ten years, so please feel free to reach out to our office at any time by contacting camdenpromisezone@ci.camden.nj.us.

The Promise Zone is Now Hiring!

Seeking a college graduate for an AmeriCorps VISTA position as the Data and Evaluation Associate. This is a great opportunity for a recent graduate or young professional looking to start a career in public administration. The VISTA would be placed in City Hall working with the Mayor’s Office and other partners like Center for Family Services, Camden County Metro PD, Camden City School District, Cooper's Ferry Partnership, and Campbell's Soup Company. 

View full job description here.

Promise Zone News 

  • The City of Camden's Department of Health and Human Services announces the 2017 Summer Youth Employment Programproviding Camden youth with the opportunity to gain job experience and earn money this summer. 

  • Camden County plans to spend up to $5 million on improving four Camden city parks, with the money going for new playing fields and more for the city’s growing numbers of young athletes.

  • The City of Camden continues to demolish vacant commercial properties, eliminating dangerous eyesores and opening up space for new neighborhood redevelopment.

  • The Camden Collaborative Initiative (CCI) held their 5th Annual Camden Environmental Summit to learn from city stakeholders about revitalizing open space, combating illegal dumping, and building healthy environments for food access.



​Community Events and Opportunities
Camden Clean Campaign 2017
June Clean-Ups 

Join the City of Camden and partners as they clean and green public spaces and streets in your neighborhood this summer!

Saturday July 8
Yorkship Square
9 AM - 2 PM

Wednesday July 12
Farnham Park
9 AM - 2 PM

Please contact camdenclean@ci.camden.nj.us with questions, or to register a large group to volunteer. Refreshments will be provided.



Virtua's Mobile Farmer's Market

 The Mobile Market, a 23-foot bus brimming with fresh produce, will sell fruits and vegetables at significantly reduced prices in communities throughout Camden and Burlington counties four days a week.

Click here to find the schedule for Camden visits in June!


Connect the Lots 

CONNECT THE LOTS is a community-driven initiative to activate Camden, New Jersey's vacant and underutilized spaces through the identification and implementation of artistic, cultural, and recreational projects and activities.

The goals of the initiative are to engage Camden residents in neighborhood transformation, create safe nodes of activity, and to bring vibrancy to Camden’s corridors and public spaces.

Connect the Lots offers free and family-friendly fun activities like fitness classes, arts workshops, and outdoor movie nights. View the schedule for upcoming events in June by clicking HERE.  

Serve with PowerCorps Camden

Are you interested in making a difference in your community? Consider service as a PowerCorps Camden member!

PowerCorps is currently recruiting Camden City residents between the ages of 18 and 26, who are committed to serving full time for six months beginning May 2017.

For more information, visit here​​.


Apply for Camden Corps Plus

Earn your high school diploma and get job sampling and paid internships.
At the end of the program you will receive an industry recognized credential.

If you are between the ages of 16-24 and are interested in obtaining your degree and beginning a career, learn more here or call 856.964.8096.

Currently accepting applications.

Funding Opportunities for Nonprofit Organizations & Businesses in Camden

A list of federal and local funding opportunities related to Camden Promise Zone goals has been compiled below. If your organization operates in the City of Camden and is interested in applying for a federal grant, please notify the Promise Zone office as soon as possible.
Federal Grant Opportunities
Department of Justice

BJA FY 17 Second Chance Act Reentry and Mentoring Program

The Second Chance Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-199) provides a comprehensive response to the increasing number of incarcerated adults and juveniles who are released from prison, jail, and juvenile residential facilities and returning to communities.

Deadline: July 5, 2017U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation

The Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative seeks to demonstrate the effectiveness of collaborations with academic research centers, prevention research centers, teaching hospital The Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative seeks to demonstrate the effectiveness of collaborations with academic research centers, prevention research centers, teaching hospitals, and Native American Tribes and Tribal organizations to reduce significant health disparities impacting minorities and disadvantaged populations through the implementation of evidence-based strategies with the greatest potential for impact. 

Deadline: July 31, 2017U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Innovations in Nutrition Programs and Services

This funding opportunity is for competitive grants to be awarded under the OAA Title IV authority to increase the evidenced based knowledge base of nutrition providers, drive improved health outcomes for program recipients by promoting higher service quality, and increase program efficiency through innovative nutrition service delivery models. Funding will support innovative and promising practices that move the aging network towards evidenced based practices that enhance the quality, effectiveness of nutrition services programs or outcomes within the aging services network.

Deadline: August 7, 2017
National Endowment for the Arts

NEA Our Town Application, FY2018

The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places – achieving these community goals through strategies that incorporate arts, culture, and/or design. Creative placemaking is when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners deliberately integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work - placing arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies. This funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create or preserve a distinct sense of place.Through Our Town, subject to the availability of funding, the National Endowment for the Arts will provide a limited number of grants for creative placemaking. Our Town requires partnerships between arts organizations and government, other nonprofit organizations, and private entities to achieve livability goals for communities.

Deadline: September 11, 2017
U.S. Department of Justice

Smart on Juvenile Justice: Systemwide Reform and Reinvestment Initiative

This initiative is composed of three categories and eligibility are different for each category.Category 1: Training and Technical Assistance. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) will provide funding to a national training and technical assistance (TTA) provider to deliver intensive TTA to states and localities that are utilizing a data-driven, collaborative, cross-disciplinary, multi-agency stakeholder committee approach to develop and implement an integrated strategic plan to strengthen and improve their juvenile justice policies, procedures, programs, and practices at the system-wide level. Eligible applicants are limited to private nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit) and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education). Category 2: State Planning Grants. OJJDP will provide funding to assist states in the development of statewide juvenile justice reform strategic plans. Eligible applicants are limited to states (including territories and the District of Columbia).

Deadline: June 29, 2017
View online.
Corporation for National and Community Service

National Service and Civic Engagement Research Competition

This grant funds research on civic infrastructure and civic engagement and related concepets. For 2017 the three broad priority areas include how civic infrastructure and civic engagement are defined measured developed and hindered, how individuals civic engagement changes over the course of a lifetime, impacts associated with civic engagement, volunteering or national service. This competition is only open to institutions of higher education and funds projects in two categories -dissertation and scholars. Award amounts are expected to be in the range of $20,000 to $150,000 up to 2 years.

Deadline: July 11, 2017
View online.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Street Outreach Program

Today, in communities across the country, young people are living on the streets after running from or being asked to leave homes characterized by abuse, neglect, family conflict, or parental drug and alcohol abuse. Once on the streets, such youth are at risk of being sexually exploited or abused for pleasure or profit. In addition, youth may engage or forced to participate in shoplifting, survival sex, or drug dealing in order to provide for their basic needs. Since 1996, the Family and Youth Services Bureau's (FYSB) SOP has been aiding young people living on the streets or other unsafe living conditions by funding grantees to provide street-based services to runaway, homeless, and street youth who have been subjected to or are at risk of being subjected to sexual abuse, prostitution, sexual exploitation, and severe forms of trafficking in persons. These services, which are provided in areas where street youth congregate, are designed to support and assist such youth in making healthy choices and providing them access to shelter and related services.

Deadline: July 11, 2017
View online.
Department of Commerce

EDA Planning Program and Local Technical Assistance Program

Under the Planning program EDA assists eligible recipients in creating regional economic development plans designed to build capacity and guide the economic prosperity and resiliency of an area or region. As part of this program, EDA supports Partnership Planning investments to facilitate the development, implementation, revision, or replacement of Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS), which articulate and prioritize the strategic economic goals of recipients’ respective regions. In general, EDA provides Partnership Planning grants to the designated planning organization (e.g., District Organization) serving EDA designated Economic Development Districts to enable these organizations to develop and implement relevant CEDS. In addition, EDA provides Partnership Planning grants to Indian Tribes to help develop and implement CEDS and associated economic development activities. The Planning program also helps support organizations, including District Organizations, Indian Tribes, and other eligible recipients, with Short Term and State Planning investments designed to guide the eventual creation and retention of high-quality jobs, particularly for the unemployed and underemployed in the Nation’s most economically distressed regions. The Local Technical Assistance program strengthens the capacity of local or State organizations, institutions of higher education, and other eligible recipients to undertake and promote effective economic development programs through projects such as feasibility analyses and impact studies.

Deadline: Rolling
View online.
Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA)

Economic Development Assistance Programs

Under this FFO, EDA solicits applications from applicants in rural and urban areas to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works and EAA programs. Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities. EDA provides strategic investments on a competitive- merit-basis to support economic development, foster job creation, and attract private investment in economically distressed areas of the United States.

Deadline: Rolling

Funder's Network

Partners for Places

A successful matching grant program, Partners for Places creates opportunities for cities and counties in the United States and Canada to improve communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations.
National funders invest in local projects to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and well-being of all residents. Through these projects, Partners for Places fosters long-term relationships that make our urban areas more prosperous, livable, and vibrant. The grant program will provide partnership investments between $25,000 and $75,000 for one year projects, or $50,000 and $150,000 for two year projects, with a 1:1 match required by one or more local foundations.

Deadline: July 31, 2017

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