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.

2022 Grants

Grants Total: $144,403

Recipient Grant Amount
Big Brothers-Big Sisters Of The Capital Region Inc $446
Board Of Child Care – Mechanicsburg Campus $5,500
Brethren Community Ministries $3,500
Brethren Housing Association $10,000
Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area $9,000
Capital Area Girls On The Run $5,957
Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Associaton $7,000
Carlisle CARES dba Community CARES $5,669
Castaway Critters The James A Hueholt Mem. Foundation For Animals $8,000
Catholic Charities $416
Dauphin County Casa $10,000
Diaper Depot at Central $2,199
Farm Of Hope Inc $5,192
Feel Your Boobies ® Foundation $4,835
Greenlight Operation $8,000
Healthy Steps Diaper Bank $6,000
Hospice of Central Pennsylvania $802
Join Hands Ministry $7,000
Lebanon Valley Volunteers In Medicine $6,000
LGBT Center of Central PA $802
Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12, Franklin County Literacy Council $2,824
Neurodiverse Network Inc. $4,000
Rebuilding Together Greater Hbg Inc $10,000
Sexual Assault Resource & Counseling Center Of Lebanon & Schu $3,861
The Capital Region Literacy Council $2,414
Therapy And Counseling Services $2,228
Waynesboro Community & Human Services Inc $8,000
West Shore Wildlife Center $2,083
Wildheart International Ministries $2,675
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