Harrisburg, PA– The Emerging Philanthropist Program (EPP), a joint project of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) and Harrisburg Young Professionals (HYP), announces that the 2020 EPP Grant Application is now available and accepting submissions.

In 2020, the Emerging Philanthropist Program seeks grant applications that will address the following area of focus: Nonprofit organizations serving families (with a preference given to those serving families with school-aged children) by providing direct service or coordinating access to a variety of services that will assist families in maintaining, or working towards, self-sufficiency. Family units can include multicultural, immigrant, LGBTQ, multi-generational, nontraditional, and blended relationships between person(s) who play a significant role in each other’s lives. This may include persons not legally related. Examples of such services might include, but are not limited to: workforce development, education, legal services, childcare, financial literacy, housing, food security and technology needs. 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 $5,000 and select applicants will be asked to complete an interview and/or a site visit with the EPP participants as part of the grant review process. Proposed projects may take place at any time during the grant year beginning January 1, 2021 and ending December 31, 2021.  Applicants must either be a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or have a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization act as a fiscal sponsor for the proposed project.  Applications must be submitted by August 1, 2020 and notification of grant awards will be made in Fall 2020.  To learn more, review the grant guidelines, and apply, visit https://www.tfec.org/nonprofits/grants-overview/emerging-philanthropist-program-grant/.

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.

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