Our Grants

Over the past few years, SAPF has helped people in the region by making grants in six principal categories. Explore these grantee highlights and review the lists below to see our most recent grants.

  • Civic & Community

    Civic & Community

    Although we are not affiliated with the City of Summit in any way, we have a close relationship with the city. There are two ways we provide aid: awarding grants for special, non-traditional services or activities undertaken by the city, and acting as the city’s fiscal agent in special circumstances. For instance, we have contributed to the city’s effort to raise private funds for expansion of the community center. We also act as the city’s fiscal agent for collection of private donations for the community-center campaign, along with three prior city-sponsored fundraising efforts.

    Our vision of civic and community grants goes far beyond government innovation, however. It includes homelessness, food for the chronically hungry, advocacy for children, and subsidizing summer camp fees for children from low-income families.

    Since 2011, we have awarded more than $800,000 in grants for 60 civic and community-service programs.

  • Health


    Donors sometimes direct that their bequests be used for specific purposes. The Cole/Matreyek fund must be used to aid organizations providing health-related services, with an emphasis on the City of Elizabeth. Accordingly, SAPF has made many grants to the Trinitas Foundation for the benefit of its nursing school. The Trinitas Learning/Simulation Center is furnished with state-of-the-art simulation equipment such as high-fidelity patient simulators and computers. We are proud to have been part of bringing simulation technology to the school, which has twice been recognized by the National League for Nursing as a “Center of Excellence in Nursing Education.”

    Since 2011, SAPF has awarded 24 grants for health-related services, totaling more than $320,000.

  • Special Needs

    Special Needs

    The work of Summit Speech School has been of special importance for us over the years. We have often used money from the Ganner Fund, which focuses on organizations that aid young children suffering from disabilities. Summit Speech School helps children who are deaf or hard of hearing to learn to listen and talk. Part of the school’s effort involves working with parents of the children.

    In the past 10 years, SAPF has given Summit Speech School $280,000. Since 2011, we have made almost $800,000 in grants to help people with special needs.

  • Education


    Some grants address needs in a variety of categories. For instance, a 2015 grant to Paper Mill Playhouse helped to provide arts education for children with autism. That grant fostered wide-ranging results: Paper Mill was the country’s first professional theater to offer autism-friendly public performances. Its “Theater for Everyone” served 2,600+ children with autism, their siblings, and parents. Theater for Everyone also gave families social opportunities to interact with other families. Paper Mill partnered with another SAPF beneficiary, Horizon School, which serves children with cerebral palsy. Paper Mill Theatre School students recorded the lines for Horizon’s school play – literally adding their voices so that the non-verbal Horizon students with multiple disabilities could have a child’s wonderful opportunity to perform in the school play.

    We have awarded more than $300,000 in grants for education-related projects in the last five years.

  • Needs of the Elderly

    Needs of the Elderly

    SAGE Eldercare, serving the local elderly population for more than 60 years, is a frequent beneficiary of SAPF grants, having received more than $350,000 in the last ten years. We especially support SAGE’s program to help elderly people remain in their homes and to provide help, advice, and support to their relatives and caregivers. SAGE’s Guidance, Planning, and Support Services provide personalized care planning to maximize independence, safety, and well-being.

    In the last five years alone, we have awarded 23 grants to agencies providing services for the elderly, for a total of more than $410,000.

  • Arts & Culture

    Arts & Culture

    We are often able to accomplish multiple goals with a single award. Perhaps nowhere is this more common than with our arts and culture grants. For instance, our grants to the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theater have supported that acting company and also brought its work to audiences that might not otherwise see its performances. Recent grants to Dreamcatcher have allowed it to perform for patrons of the Connection for Women and Families and at the Summit Community Center, and also to stage special performances for elderly residents.

    Since 2011, we have awarded 35 grants to arts and cultural organizations, totaling $148,000.

Civic & Community Grants

Positive Action Program for children aged 5-18 in Plainfield, Elizabeth, and Union.
Backpack program to provide school supplies for lower-income children; Programs for Summit’s most economically disadvantaged residents, including work boots, coats and gloves for day laborers, and a health fair.
Peer Coordinator Initiative, designed to increase the number of trained volunteer children’s advocates, by using current advocates to coach and supports their own teams of newer advocates
Develop videos, suitable for use in schools, about civic engagement; host a news-and-democracy forum featuring broadcast news leaders.
In cooperation with nine public and private agencies serving lower income and hungry families in Summit, provide food, school supplies, and diapers for people and families in need.
Children’s After-School and Summer programs provide educational enrichment, group support, and recreation for children 6-12 who live in shelters, hotels, and low-income environments.
Provide prevention services for families at risk of losing their housing and assistance for families who are homeless so they can move into housing quickly
Support groups for grieving families, aimed at reducing isolation, teach resilience, and develop a sense of hopefulness for the future.
Environmental education and water quality programs in conjunction with local schools
Support groups for grieving children and their families, including a new program for Spanish-speaking families.
Creation of a linear park utilizing abandoned railroad right-of-way near downtown Summit.
Purchase of freezer for storage of food; SHIP is a major provider of food for the hungry in Summit.
Scholarship aid to permit children from lower-income families to gain the benefits of the Learning Circle’s programs.
Aiding Dialogue Circles on Race, which are small-group discussions exploring the roots of individual and systemic racism; also, providing professional anti-racism training for 30 Summit-area youth and 30 Summit civic and religious leaders
Supplies and fees to allow lower-income scouts to attend camp
Total Civic & Community Grants

Special Needs Grants

Expansion of the Special Needs Primary Care facility which serves more than 1700 children with special needs, along with their siblings.
Vocational training equipment that allows adults with disabilities to learn skills and earn money.
Support for the Arts Access Program, which allows people with complex disabilities to participate in the fine arts.
Teaching social skills to children with autism.
Renovation of bathroom and new flooring at the agency’s two group homes in Summit.
Programs to inspire creativity, nurture confidence, and make the theater arts experiences available to all children, regardless of economic or physical limitations.
Early Intervention Program to provide comprehensive services for infants and toddlers with disabilities.
Infant-Parent early-intervention program for hearing-impaired infants and toddlers.
Total Special Needs Grants

Health Grants

Support for Community Service programs, including those serving the special needs population, English as a Second Language students and senior citizens including recovering cardiac and pulmonary patients, individuals with Parkinson’s disease and osteoporosis
Breast cancer education & support for Latin American women in the community who do not have the language skills or financial wherewithal to obtain health care.
Mobility Program to get hospital patients back on their feet as soon as possible, reducing the risk of mobility, cognitive, and activity problems later in their recovery.
Art from the Heart program for people with health-related issues; visual arts enrichment programs, in cooperation with other local agencies
Total Health Grants

Arts & Culture Grants

Poetry, prose and short-story writing workshop, drawing inspiration from nature, and run in cooperation with Reeves-Reed Arboretum
Support Seniors Sing! a free program for seniors, as well as fifteen scholarships to the Children’s Choir of New Jersey for underserved students whose families are unable to afford musical opportunities for their children
Three concerts, four recitals, two classes, and several lectures, all aimed at enhancing people’s understanding of music.
Three site-specific dance performances to be held in conjunction with Reeves-Reed Arboretum.
Replacing stage lighting used for elementary school theater programs
Young artist competition concert
Total Arts & Culture Grants

Education Grants

Free English tutoring program, in conjunction with Summit High School, aimed at immigrant families.

Edison NJ 2017

A gardening and water-conservation education program aimed mainly at students in Washington and Franklin schools; to include development of a proposed school curriculum.

Summit NJ 2017

Total Education Grants

Elderly Grants

Support for a program of performances designed with older people in mind.
Supporting a program in which the library engages professors and scholars to provide four- to twelve-week courses on literature, history, art or music for elderly residents of Summit and surrounding communities
Research and development project in an effort to develop sustainable programs to engage elderly residents in a range of music programs.
Total Elderly Grants
Total Recent Grants