2019: APPLICATION AVAILABLE APRIL 1, 2019 DEADLINE AUGUST 1, 2019

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest – Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790
 
Benjamin Franklin’s legacy lives on at The Foundation for Enhancing Community (TFEC) through the Greater Harrisburg Foundation’s (GHF) Benjamin Franklin Trust Fund. In 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote his last will and testament.  In his will, Franklin directed that after 200 years, half of the accumulated funds of his estate go to the State of Pennsylvania to be used for whatever the public officials felt was necessary. The State Legislature split the money among most of the community foundations across the state, of which The Foundation for Enhancing Communities was included.  Counties which do not have a community foundation are, for the purposes of the Benjamin Franklin Trust Fund, covered by an adjacent county with a community foundation.  For purposes of grantmaking from the Benjamin Franklin Trust Fund of the Greater Harrisburg Foundation, a regional foundation of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, the Fund serves Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lebanon, Mifflin, and Perry Counties, and the Dillsburg area of York County.

Funding Priorities

The GHF Benjamin Franklin Trust Fund grant opportunity seeks to support programs and services that work to increase knowledge and/or quality of life or that 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.

Grant Eligibility

  • Eligible projects must serve individuals, groups, and/or locations within Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Mifflin, Lebanon, and Perry Counties, and the Dillsburg area of York County.
  • Applicants must either be a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, a nonprofit organization as recognized by the IRS as such, or have a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization act as a fiscal sponsor for the proposed project.
  • Only projects taking place during the grant year beginning January 1, 2020 and ending December 31, 2020 will be considered for this round of funding.  Only projects taking place during the stated grant year will be considered for this round of funding.
  • Grant seekers may apply for any project that best fits their needs, the grant year, and the GHF Benjamin Franklin Trust Fund grant guidelines.

Grant Size

In honor of the period during which Franklin lived, the maximum grant is $1,700; in 2018 grant awards ranged from $500 -$1,700.  In 2019, nearly $8,000 in grant funds will be available through this opportunity. Grants are awarded for one year.  The GHF Benjamin Franklin Trust Fund will not fund 100% of any project.

Grant Timeline

  • April 1, 2019: Application available.
  • August 1, 2019: All application materials must be submitted through the online application system by 4:00pm.
  • Applicants will be notified of their status on or by December 1, 2019.
  • Proposed projects may take place at any time during the grant year beginning January 1, 2020 and ending December 31, 2020.

What We Do Not Fund

  • Advertising
  • Capital campaigns
  • Direct lobbying to influence legislation or funding appropriations
  • Individuals
  • National and statewide umbrella organizations that cannot demonstrate a local presence
  • New staff positions without a substantial plan for sustainability
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Retroactive projects

Criteria for Evaluating Proposals

The GHF Advisory Committee makes all grantmaking decision and consists of a dedicated group of individuals committed to the betterment of the GHF service region.  Committee members evaluate each applicant submission and make valuable suggestions to ensure that work supported by the GHF will make a difference. The Grant Review Committee may request additional information about the grant proposal prior to making an award or denial.

Technical Assistance

Applicants may request a draft review of their application materials by the Program Officer for Community Investment prior to submission. To submit a draft review, email all materials to be reviewed as an attachment to jstrechay@tfec.org.  Draft review requests should be limited to one review of each grant opportunity and staff will not be able to honor technical assistance requests made later than two weeks prior to the submission deadline.

SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION

You may view, download, and/or print the application below.  To complete the application you will need to download, complete, and upload the application and all needed materials to the GHF Benjamin Franklin Trust Fund application link below within our online application system.

All applicants will follow three simple steps to complete an application to the GHF Benjamin Franklin Trust Fund:

  • Access, download, and/or print the GHF Benjamin Franklin Trust Fund Grant Application here: GHF Benjamin Franklin Grant Application 2019
  • This grant opportunity requires signatures and attachments, see the Grant Application for these instructions.
  • Log into our online application system at:  Click here to begin a NEW application within the online application system  or  Click here to RETURN TO A SAVED application with the online application system.  New applicants will need to create an account login when using the online application system for the first time. All users will complete the Organization Contact Information, Application Information, and Attachments Tabs before reviewing materials for submission.  Some information provided in the online application system is identical to information provided in the grant application; please be sure that these answers correspond.  For this grant opportunity, all required materials will be uploaded within the Attachments Tab; materials will not be mailed or delivered.  Using the Review My Application Tab, review your materials for completeness, be sure to save and print a copy of all materials for yourself, and Submit.  Please note that TFEC staff cannot access or view your Draft Materials, and that you must select “Submit” by 4pm on the deadline date.

Helpful Hints: Accessing the Online Application System

  • To begin, you will enter the applicant organization’s Employer Identification Number (EIN), also known as the Federal Tax Identification Number.  You will not will not be able to create an Organization Profile without it.
  • You may Save and Finish Later at any time when completing the Organization Profile and uploading documents.
  • Submit all materials prior to the deadline; the online application system will close after 4pm.

Notes to Remember

  • All materials, including letters of support if applicable, are to be uploaded and submitted online for this grant opportunity. Items requiring an original signature should be signed, scanned, and uploaded.
  • Only projects taking place during the stated grant year will be considered for this round of funding.
  • Applicants with current grant awards from TFEC who are delinquent or non-compliant in grant reporting requirements may have subsequent grant applications denied.
  • Questions are welcome at any time and  TFEC provides feedback on proposals that were not funded.

If using a Fiscal Sponsor for your application, you must also follow the directions below

  • Enter the Fiscal Sponsor Organization’s Employer Identification Number (EIN), also known as the Federal Tax Identification Number, to access the online application system.
  • Your application must include a letter signed by the Executive Leader of the organization who is acting as your Fiscal Sponsor indicating their agreement to act as your Fiscal Sponsor. An original signature is required. This letter should be uploaded with your application attachments.
  • Within the “Application Information” tab of the online application system, you will be required to provide additional information about the organization who is acting as your Fiscal Sponsor under the “Fiscal Sponsor” Heading. Within this section, the Organization Name and Contact Information should be for the Organization and Executive Leader of the organization who is serving as your Fiscal Sponsor.  You will also complete all questions regarding registration with the PA Bureau of Charitable Organizations using your Fiscal Sponsor’s information.
  • For all other elements of the “Organization Contact Information” and “Application Information” tabs, your organization is the Applicant Organization and all other questions on the application should include information relating to your organization and not the organization who is acting as your Fiscal Sponsor.
  • Upload the IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter of your Fiscal Sponsor.
  • If applicable, upload the Board of Directors List for your organization AND your Fiscal Sponsor.
  • Upload the most recent 990 of your Fiscal Sponsor. If the applicant organization has a separate budget or financial statement that would assist the grantmaking committee in their review of an application, this document may also be uploaded.
  • The organization acting as your Fiscal Sponsor will receive notification of whether or not a grant has been awarded. If a grant is awarded the Fiscal Sponsor will be required to execute the Grant Agreement and will be sent the grant funds to be allocated to your organization appropriately. Your Fiscal Sponsor will be responsible for ensuring the funds are used as indicated in the original proposal and/or grant agreement.

QUESTIONS

If you should have any questions regarding TFEC grant opportunities or your application, please contact Jennifer Strechay, Program Officer for Community Investment, at jstrechay@tfec.org or 717-236-5040