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HARRISBURG, PA The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) announced $472,594 in grant funds have been awarded to 82 Greater Harrisburg and surrounding area nonprofit organizations through competitive grant opportunities. Awarded projects will commence between January 1, 2023, and December 31, 2023.    

Grant recipients are registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organizations or utilize a fiscal sponsor. After careful review of numerous grant application submissions, the following were awarded funding for the 2022 – 2023 fiscal year: 

Benjamin Franklin Trust Fund – A grant initiative of the Greater Harrisburg Community Foundation, a regional foundation of TFEC, supports programs and services that work to increase the knowledge, quality of life, or inspire positive outcomes for individuals and families living in the service area of Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Mifflin, Lebanon, and Perry Counties, and/or the Dillsburg area of York County.  

Benjamin Franklin Trust Fund awarded a total of $3,499 to 3 organizations for supporting key initiatives: 

Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area ($1,500), Lebanon Valley Council of the Arts ($1,500), and Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society ($499). 

Children’s Home Foundation Fund – A grant initiative of the Greater Harrisburg Community Foundation, a regional foundation of TFEC, is a unique funding opportunity providing aid to economically disadvantaged children by supporting human services, especially programs which address needs for food, clothing, and shelter; education; and cultural enrichment and the arts. 

Children’s Home Foundation Fund awarded $41,500 to 15 organizations:   

Big Brother Big Sisters of the Capital Region ($2,500), Bethesda Mission of Harrisburg ($3,500), Capital Area Girls on the Run ($3,000), Central Pennsylvania Food Bank ($3,000), Foundation for the Central Dauphin Schools ($2,000), Healthy Steps Diaper Bank ($1,500), Joshua Group ($3,000), Jewish Family Services of Greater Harrisburg ($1,000), Logos Academy Harrisburg ($3,000), Open Stage of Harrisburg ($2,000), Shippensburg University Foundation ($2,000), St. Barnabas Center for Ministry ($2,500), Salvation Army ($6,000), The Urban Regenerative Farm, Incorporated ($3,500), and YWCA of Carlisle and Cumberland County ($3,000). 

The Fund for Women & Girls  – A special initiative of TFEC, the mission is to broaden the awareness of and response to issues affecting women and girls through the power of collective philanthropy. 

The Fund for Women & Girls award $56,000 to 12 organizations:  

Brethren Housing Association ($7,000), Community CARES ($2,500), Community Check-Up Center of South Harrisburg ($7,000), Employment Skills Center ($7,000), Girls on the Run of Lancaster ($5,000), Greenlight Operation ($4,000), Healthy Communities Partnership of Franklin County ($3,500), Healthy Steps Diaper Bank ($2,500), Safe Harbour, Inc ($5,000), Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center (SARCC) of Lebanon and Schuylkill Counties ($4,000), Boys and Girls Club of Chambersburg and Shippensburg ($3,500), and YWCA of Carlisle and Cumberland County ($5,000). 

Martin M. Sacks Memorial Fund  – A fund of TFEC, offers an annual competitive grant opportunity to any nonprofit that supports youth and family-oriented programs and services that are consistent with the mission of the applicant organization. 

Martin M. Sacks Memorial Fund awarded a total of $9,498 to 12 organizations:  

Brethren Community Ministries ($1,000), Bridge of Hope ($1,000), Community CARES ($500), Easter Seals Western and Central Pennsylvania ($500), Gamut Theatre Group ($1,000), Harrisburg Area YMCA ($1,248), Healthy Steps Diaper Bank ($1,000), KidsPeace National Centers for Kids In Crisis, Inc. ($500), Logos Academy Harrisburg ($1,000), St. Stephens Episcopal School ($500), TFEC: Student Author Movement ($750) and Unite Central PA ($500). 

Upstream – A grant initiative of the Greater Harrisburg Community Foundation, a regional foundation of TFEC, provides funding to nonprofits that improve our area communities by supporting existing or new “upstream” systems, interventions, programs, or projects that attempt to create positive social change by addressing a problem at its source rather than managing its “downstream” symptoms. 

Upstream awarded a total of $365,596 to 61 organizations for supporting key initiatives: 

Beacon Clinic for Health and Hope ($2,700), Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region, Inc. ( $5,000), Board of Child Care- Mechanicsburg Campus ($5,500), Bosler Memorial Library ($2,000), Brethren Community Ministries ($3,500), Brethren Housing Association ($10,000), Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area ($9,000), Camp Hebron ($10,000), Capital Area Girls on the Run ($10,000), Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association ($7,000), Community CARES ($8,500), Castaway Critters ($8,000), Catholic Charities ($5,500), Central Pennsylvania College ($4,000), Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter ($2,500), Dauphin County Casa ($10,000), Dauphin County Library System ($6,800), Diaper Depot at Central ($5,000), Easter Seals Western and Central Pennsylvania ($4,000), Employment Skills Center ($7,500), Farm of Hope, Inc. ($7,500), Feel Your Boobies Foundation ($10,000), Greenlight Operation ($8,000), Habitat for Humanity of Greater Harrisburg Area ($2,500), Healthy Communities Partnership of Greater Franklin County ($2,735), Healthy Steps Diaper Bank ($6,000), Hospice of Central Pennsylvania ($2,000), Join Hands Ministry ($7,000), Junior Achievement of South Central PA ($4,000), Leaf Project, Inc. ($8,500), Lebanon Valley Volunteers in Medicine ($6,000), LGBT Community Center Coalition of Central PA ($6,000), Lincoln Intermediate Unit ($9,500), Lykens Valley Children’s Museum ($8,000), Medard’s House ($4,500), Millersburg Area Pool Association ($10,000), Millersburg Ferry Boat Association ($10,000), Neurodiverse Network, Inc. ($4,000), New Hope Ministries ($4,000), Open Stage of Harrisburg ($5,000), PennCares ($1,000), Penns Youth Initiative ($7,000), Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture ($3,500), Rebuilding Together Greater Harrisburg, Inc. ($10,000), Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center (SARCC) of Lebanon and Schuylkill Counties ($3,861), Susan P. Byrnes Health Education ($2,500), The Boys & Girls Club of Chambersburg and Shippensburg ($5,000), Capital Region Literacy Council ($8,500), The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region ($6,000), Upper Dauphin Human Services Center, Inc. ($5,000), Urban Regenerative Farm ($4,500), Therapy and Counseling Services ($3,000), Tri-County HDC ($2,500), Twin Valley Players ($10,000), Vickie’s Angel Walk ($6,000), Waynesboro Community and Human Services ($8,000), West Shore Wildlife Center ($5,000), Wildheart International Ministries ($10,000), Women of Purpose ($2,500), Yellow Breeches Educational Center ($3,500), and TOGETHER: Change through Community ($5,500). 

To learn more about TFEC and support local special fund initiatives, visit www.tfec.org.

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