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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.