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There is an often quoted parable that tells of two people fishing downstream who are startled to see a person floating down the river, struggling for life.  Working together, the fisher folk pull the person to safety but shortly after they notice another person crying for help.  Again, they pull the person to safety.  Other community members hear what is happening and rush to help.  As the fisher folk tire, volunteers take their place, and the community works together all day and all night to safely pull more and more people from the river.  The next morning the community members have a new idea—we need to go upstream and find out why so many people are falling in the water

Upon walking upstream, the community members find that people are drawn to the edge of a cliff to look at the river and its beauty. Unfortunately, there is no safe way to do this and many of them fall. The community members return and report the number of people who have fallen into the river due to the lack of a protective barrier on the cliff.  In response, the community builds a wall behind which people may safely view the water.  Some still fall, but there are far fewer.

The UPstream grant opportunity seeks to 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.

Organizations interested in applying for UPstream can get more information on our grants overview page.

2021 Grants

Grants Total: $278,391

Recipient Grant Amount
Bethesda Mission of Harrisburg  $2,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region, Inc.  $6,000
Bolser Memorial Library  $2,000
Boys & Girls Club of Chambersburg and Shippensburg, Inc.  $5,000
Brethren Community Ministries  $3,000
Brethren Housing Association  $5,000
Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area  $10,000
Side by Side $5,846
Camp Hebron, Inc.  $10,000
Capital Area Girls on the Run  $7,000
Capital Area Theraputic Riding Association  $5,000
Capital Area Head Start, a division of Keystone Service Systems  $5,000
Capital Region Literacy Council  $6,000
Carlisle Arts Learning Center, Inc.  $3,000
Carlisle Tool Library, Inc.  $3,200
CASA Charter School Foundation  $2,500
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Harrisburg $4,600
Center for Champions of PA, Inc.  $3,500
Center for Employment Opportunities  $5,000
Community CARES  $5,000
Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, Inc.  $5,000
Dauphin County Library System  $5,000
Diaper Depot at Central  $6,000
Downtown Daily Bread  $3,000
Feel Your Boobies Foundation  $5,000
Healthy Steps Diaper Bank  $6,000
Join Hands Ministry  $4,000
Leaf Project, Inc.  $10,000
Lebanon Valley Volunteers in Medicine Clinic  $3,000
LGBT Community Center Coalition of Central PA  $4,000
Medard’s House  $6,000
Millerburg Ferry Boat Association  $10,000
New Hope Ministries, Inc.  $5,000
Open Stage of Harrisburg  $4,000
Over the Rainbow Children’s Advocacy Center  $6,000
PennCares  $4,000
Planned Parenthood Keystone  $5,000
Retired Senior Volunteer Program of the Capital Region, Inc.  $8,985
Sexual Assault Resource & Counseling Center of Lebanon & Schuylkill Counties  $3,000
Shalom House  $10,000
She’s Somebody’s Daughter $3,000
Summer Program for Youth  $6,500
The Salvation Army, Carlisle Corps  $1,160
The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region  $6,000
The Salvation Army Lebanon  $3,000
Tri County Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc.  $3,600
Twin Valley Players  $10,000
Waynesboro Area School District  $6,000
Waynesboro Community & Human Services, Inc.  $7,500
Wildheart International Ministries  $7,500
Westshore Wildlife Center $10,000
YWCA Carlisle & Cumberland County $2,500