Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development Announces $975,000 in Fiscal Year 2012 Grants to Support Critical Community

PRESS RELEASE: TRENTON, N.J. – Reaffirming the Christie Administration’s commitment to a vibrant and inclusive economic development policy focused on economic empowerment and broadening key workforce development initiatives, the Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development (“CHPRD”) today announced its Fiscal Year 2012 grants recipients. Statewide, twenty New Jersey Hispanic Community Based Organizations (HCBOs) will share $975,000 in funds available for the fiscal year.

This year’s grants awards will provide statewide HCBOs with the tools necessary to work towards encouraging Hispanic entrepreneurship, citizenship and integration direct services, workforce training support, and other innovative initiatives across New Jersey.
“We have made great strides in expanding economic opportunity for all of New Jersey’s citizens, and today marks another important step in our ongoing progress,” said Governor Christie. “The Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development will lead the way in providing Hispanic students and families with the skills and training required to succeed professionally while strengthening communities statewide.”
The CHPRD views grant recipients as essential partners in the delivery of programs and services that create and sustain public value to the Hispanic communities across New Jersey. It sees the funding it provides as an investment in organizations and the people they serve. As a custodian of public funds, CHPRD insists on maintaining the highest standards of accountability both in its operations and in those of the organizations in which it invests.
“Our state’s Hispanic community-based organizations are vital to the economic and social vitality of individuals and their localities,” said Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, the Secretary of State. We applaud the Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development and its Advisory Committee for their commitment to creating a better New Jersey through the funding of life-changing programs.”
The CHPRD also works to empower New Jersey’s growing Hispanic community through its funding opportunities, inclusion in policy development and engaging the community in a dialogue to cultivate its professional and leadership growth.
“The CHPRD offers a crucial perspective on the issues and opportunities facing Hispanic New Jerseyans. Understanding the fiscal realities of both our State and Nation, we recognize the need to do more with less, while providing the best service possible to our state’s growing Hispanic community. We are completely dedicated to helping HCBO’s achieve their goals,” said Lydia Valencia, CHPRD Advisory Committee Chair.
For more information on the CHPRD, call 609.984.3223 or log on to: http://www.state.nj.us/state/programs/dos_program_chprd.html
Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development Fiscal Year 2012 grant recipients include:
Hispanic Entrepreneurship
· The Latin American Economic Development Association (LAEDA) – $100,000
Program Name: Enterprise Formation & Expansion Assistance – LAEDA Business Services Center.

Workforce Development
· Suits for Success – $20,000
Program Name: Dress for Success Hudson County

· Urban Workforce Development – $100,000
Program Name: Urban Workforce Advantage

· Casa PRAC – $50,000
Program Name: Project YES

· Puerto Rican Association for Human Development (PRAHD) – $20,000
Program Name: Youth Work Readiness

· P.R.O.C.E.E.D., Inc. – $50,000
Program Name: Young Future Leaders Program

Innovative Initiatives
· Casa PRAC, Inc. – $50,000

Program Name: Senior Citizens

· FOCUS, Hispanic Center for Community Development, Inc. – $50,000
Program Name: Senior Citizen Information & Referral Services

· HISPA, Inc. – $50,000
Program Name: HISPA Role Model Program

· Puerto Rican Unity for Progress, Inc. (PRUP) – $25,000
Program Name: Youth Empowerment Services (YES)

· El Primer Paso, Ltd. – $25,000
Program Name: Family Day Care Program

· Puerto Rican Community Day Care Center, Inc. – $25,000
Program Name: Latino Early Childhood Summer Program

· Servicios Latinos de Burlington County – $25,000
Program Name: Su Coneccion Familiar, Your Family Connection

· All Saints Episcopal Church – $25,000
Program Name: Youth Program

· Puerto Rican Action Board – $25,000
Program Name: Youth Services

· Mercer County Hispanic Association (MECHA) – $30,000

Program Name: Caring for Loved Ones

· CURA, Inc. – $25,000
Program Name: Health Program

· Spanish Community Center – $45,000
Program Name: SHORE A.H.E.C. Area Health Education Center

· Renaissance Foundation of Perth Amboy – $50,000
Program Name: Project Muevete Junto (Project Moving Together)

· Puerto Rican United for Progress – $50,000
Program Name: YES Program

Citizenship & Integration Direct Services
· Mercer County Hispanic Association (MECHA) – $40,000
Program Name: Immigration, Integration, Education and Advocacy Program

· Bergen County Community Action Partnership, Inc. – $40,000
Program Name: Citizenship & Integration Direct Services (CIDS)

· Servicios Latinos de Burlington County, Inc. – $40,000
Program Name: Su Guia Derecho en USA

· North Hudson Community Action Corporation – $15,000
Program Name: Foot Steps to America

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