SUMMIT, NJ - An $11,215 grant from The Summit Foundation will enable The Summit Conservancy to complete its 'Summit Free Market' building project at the City of Summit Transfer Station. The Conservancy has now raised the full $375,000 needed to construct a permanent home for the student-run reuse initiative.

The building will be open to the public in October 2020.

Since 2008, the 'Summit Free Market' has kept more than 160 tons of reusable material from the waste stream, saving the City of Summit more than $40,000 in tipping fees over the 12-year period.

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The Summit Conservancy -- a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting environmental projects and sustainability in Summit -- spearheaded the fundraising effort and design for the building, while also managing its construction. The City of Summit provided grant monies and in-kind contributions to further off-set the amount needed to complete the project.

The recent grant is the second donation from The Summit Foundation supporting the project, with the Foundation (formerly the Summit Area Public Foundation) providing an initial $25,000 grant in 2018.

“With generous and continuing support from the Summit community and The Summit Foundation in particular, the Summit Conservancy has secured the funds needed to complete its 'Summit Free Market' building project,” said Summit Conservancy Vice President David Naidu. “We are thankful for the enthusiasm surrounding this project, and for the commitment of The Summit Foundation to support important community efforts in Summit.”

The Summit Foundation fosters philanthropy by identifying local needs and offering donors flexible ways to make a difference in the lives of its neighbors. In the past ten years, it has awarded nearly $5.7 million through more than 400 competitive grants to nonprofit organizations in New Jersey.