Harrisburg, PA (July 2, 2020) – The Emerging Philanthropist Program, a joint project of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) and Harrisburg Young Professionals, announces that the 2020 Emerging Philanthropist Fund Grant Application is now available and accepting submissions. Please note, the Emerging Philanthropist Fund Grant opportunity is in addition to, and separate from, the Emerging Philanthropist Program grant opportunity.  Both opportunities are now accepting applications but offer separate grant guidelines and deadlines; eligible organizations may apply to both.

In 2020, the Emerging Philanthropist Fund seeks grant applications that will address the following area of focus: Basic Needs.  This one-time grant opportunity offers a grant award of $1,000 and is available to registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving Harrisburg and its surrounding areas. Organizations are not required to be located in Harrisburg City and the surrounding areas, but must provide services within or to these areas.

Eligible organizations addressing this criteria are invited to apply for a one-time grant of $1,000 by submitting a narrative of two pages or less that describes the proposed project and the community need it seeks to address.  Within your submission you must answer three questions:  1) What would your organization do with $1,000?;  2) Describe the proposed project, the geographic area it will serve, the audience to be served, and why that audience was selected; and 3) What will project success look like and how can it be measured? (i.e. are you collecting value statements, numbers served, surveys, photos, or other methods).  In addition, please include the applicant organization’s name, address, phone, and web address, and the name, title, address, phone, and email for the application contact.  Applications that do not answer all three questions will not be considered.  Complete applications must be submitted via email as an attachment to hlamanna@tfec.org by 4:00pm on August 31, 2020; materials will not be accepted after this date and time.   Mailed materials are not needed for this application.  One award will be made and the organization that is awarded this grant will be asked to document, update, and report upon progress and challenges.

The Emerging Philanthropists Program seeks to engage Harrisburg’s emerging business and community leaders with the great possibilities that lie within philanthropic endeavors in Harrisburg and is in its sixth year. The program engages emerging philanthropists in questions such as: What does it mean to be philanthropic? How do I understand the needs of our community?; and What can I do to make an impact? Additionally, The Emerging Philanthropist Program provides resources and educational opportunities for Harrisburg’s developing leaders who wish to be actively engaged in giving back to their community.  To learn more about the EPP program, visit https://www.tfec.org/our-community/initiatives/emerging-philanthropist-program-overview/

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The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC), a community foundation, inspires giving by partnering with donors to achieve their charitable goals, and strengthens our local communities by investing in them now, and for future generations. TFEC has been serving the South Central Pennsylvania counties of Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, and Perry, and the Dillsburg Area for nearly 100 years. Regional foundations of TFEC include the Greater Harrisburg Community Foundation, the Franklin County Community Foundation, the Mechanicsburg Area Community Foundation, the Perry County Community Foundation, and the Dillsburg Area Community Foundation. For more information on TFEC, please visit www.tfec.org.


Harrisburg Young Professionals (HYP) is a group of more than 1,500 young active, civic-minded professionals who share a clear vision of Harrisburg’s future as a great place to live, work and play. Its goals include “brain gain,” economic development and city revitalization, promotion of diversity, increased volunteerism and providing business networking. For more information, visit www.hyp.org.

Contact:   Heather LaManna, Philanthropic Officer

Tel: 717-236-5040

Email: hlamanna@tfec.org

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