Since 2008, the Fund for Women and Girls has been able to give $193,714 in grants to local nonprofit organizations in our community. With the power of collective giving, we are able to give more funds and help more women and girls throughout Central PA.

The Fund for Women and Girls 2019 Grantees

These grantees are nonprofit organizations that have programs that advance the lives of women and girls by providing opportunities to develop economic self-sufficiency, provide health and safety programs for women and girls, or promote the education of women and girls in the South Central PA counties of Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, and Perry, and the Dillsburg Area.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region Inc.

Grant Amount: $3,000
Project: 2020 Savvy Sisters in the Capital Region

Savvy Sisters introduces Little Sisters ages 12 through 15 and their Big Sister mentors to other women in the community who are vanguards in the career fields, with an emphasis on women in STEM professions. As the program expands to include more college campus visits, BBBSCR anticipates an increased demand for transportation services. Grant funds will be used to defray costs incurred by providing group transportation to initiative activities.  

Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area

Grant Amount: $1,000
Project: Rental and Emergency Assistance

Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area offers a long-term solution to ending family homelessness for single mothers and their children in Dauphin and Cumberland counties. Social capital is a network of supportive relationships offering emotional, tangible and spiritual supports that become a buffer from homelessness. Grant funds will be used to provide rental and emergency assistance for single mothers and their children in the Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area program in 2020. These funds will address the family’s basic needs and assist them in developing their own economic self-sufficiency whereby furthering the awareness of and response to issues affecting women and girls in our community.

Community CARES

Grant Amount: $1,500
Project: Family Emergency Shelter

Grant funds will be used to help cover the operating costs of the Family Shelter program (for women and their children) including the cost of late arrival/emergency cell phones, transportation by Community CARES bus to and from the shelter. In addition, the costs associated with moving the shelter each month to a new location and support for Community CARES staff who partner with the women and children as they work toward overcoming homelessness. Carlisle C.A.R.E.S.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Harrisburg

Grant Amount: $1,500
Project: Lourdeshouse Maternity Home Program

Women residing at Lourdeshouse are provided with three nutritional meals a day, hygiene items, linens, clothing, baby supplies, case management services, transportation to and from appointments, and access to free laundry facilities. The Program also provides access to medical care and counseling; housing, employment, and educational opportunities; and childbirth, parenting, and life skills classes. Grant funds will be used to support the operating costs of the Lourdeshouse Maternity Home Program, specifically supporting building use, utilities, and maintenance costs. Lourdes House

Community Check Up Center of South Harrisburg Inc.

Grant Amount: $2,500
Project: HPV Testing for Uninsured Women

It is important to help protect adult patients against certain HPV-related cancers and diseases with Gardasil 9. Gardasil 9 is a vaccine indicated in females 9 through 45 years of age for the prevention of cervical, vulvar, vagina, and anal cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). The CCC anticipates providing an additional 21 uninsured women with the HPV vaccine. By providing this vaccine, the CCC is providing a necessary program to help to protect our patients against certain HPV related cancers and diseases, and is educating and counseling each individual prior to giving the vaccine.

Diakon Child Family & Community Ministries

Grant Amount: $3,000
Project: Girls Circle at the Weekend Alternative Program

The Girls Circle is an evidence‐based structured support group designed for adolescent girls and youth who identify as female that combines relational theory, resiliency practices and skills training to encourage healthy connections, and individual and collective power. Grant funds through the Fund of Women and Girls will be used to implement a Girls Circle structured support group within the counseling component of the Weekend Alternative Program.  Specifically, funds will support the training of facilitators in the Girls Circle methodology and the purchase of Girls Circle program evaluation, and curriculum activity materials.


Girls on the Run of Lancaster

Grant Amount: $3,000
Project: Leveling Up: Recruiting and Training a More Diverse Group of Coaches

By fully translating its website into Spanish, recruiting and training coaches that better represent the demographics of Lebanon County Girls on the Run participants, and offering Spanish language guides for families, Girls on the Run of Lancaster will be able to better serve the girls in its program, 21% of whom come from Latin American backgrounds.  


Healthy Steps Diaper Bank

Grant Amount: $2,500
Project: The Silent Crisis project

One out of three families struggle to buy diapers. Although Pennsylvania offers public assistance programs, such as Women Infants and Children (WIC) and food stamps, diapers cannot be obtained through either of these programs. By providing diapers to families – a basic necessity- it increases a parent’s confidence and reduces the risk of infections, stress, depression, and abuse in the home.  Grant funds will be used to purchase diapers and to help pay for office expenses, warehouse expense, insurance, and wages.

Healthy Steps Diaper Bank

Peace Promise Inc.

Grant Amount: $3,000
Project: Peace Promise Individual Investment Program

The Peace Promise Individual Investment Program seeks to address the community need for employment, educational, and emotional support of women and girls who have experienced CSE and/or sex trafficking. Grant funds will be used to offset educational and life skills training investment costs for two women who are survivors of CSE and who reside in Cumberland and Dauphin Counties.


Safe Harbour, Inc.

Grant Amount: $2,000
Project: Women’s Life Skills Group

Supportive housing allows individuals and families temporary housing within a supportive living environment while they prepare to live independently. Residents are provided shelter as well as services specifically designed to increase their independent and ability to maintain the best permanent housing option for that individual or family. This provides time to “bridge” the gap between temporary shelter and permanent housing. Grant funds will be used to partially fund the Women’s Life Skills Group that plays an integral part of the supportive services to adult female residents.

Shalom House

Grant Amount: $1,000
Project: The Basics. Maintaining focus on Balancing the Budget

This program will be focused on exposing their residents to their own potential in changing their financial destiny. Grant funds will be used to support the case manager/life coach support needed to build relational connections to residents, and assist in the establishment of personal accountability in applying the knowledge and using the tools that will be shared through this program, directly tied to addressing the basics of needs toward developing economic self-sufficiency.

The Young Women’s Christian Association of Carlisle

Grant Amount: $1,000
Project: L.E.A.D. (Lead. Empower. Advocate. Develop.)

Throughout the year, L.E.A.D. will focus on character development and effective teamwork in order to prepare participants to be change agents in their communities. L.E.A.D. participants will be exposed to local activism through community service across Cumberland County, and will complete a leadership project over the course of the year. Grant funds will be used to offset a portion of the salary and benefits for our Community Impact Manager and Community Impact Coordinator, as well as aid in covering the expenses guest speakers and program supplies.