The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) announces that $108,635 in grant funds have been awarded to 36 nonprofit organizations through four competitive grant opportunities submitted to TFEC’s February 1, 2019 deadline. All awarded projects will take place during July 1, 2019 to June 31, 2020 and all grant recipients are registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or utilize a fiscal sponsor. To learn how to apply to these or other TFEC opportunities, review the grant guidelines listed on our website. Numerous grant applications were submitted, and the following have been awarded funding for 2019 – 2020:

Children’s Home Foundation Fund

The mission of the Children’s Home Foundation Fund, a fund of TFEC, is to provide aid to economically disadvantaged children in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties. Nine grantees were awarded a total of $31,000 for their programs:

• Harrisburg Area YMCA – $5,000 for Youth Program Fees & Membership Fees: Camp Curtin & East Shore.
• Harrisburg Symphony Association – $2,500 for Music Education Programs for Children.
• Medard’s House – $1,500 for After-School Safe Space for Teens.
• New Hope Ministries, Inc – $4,000 to Support Economically Disadvantaged Children Facing Hunger and Homelessness.
• Retired Senior Volunteer Program of the Capital Region Inc – $2,500 for the Fruit and Fun Project for Steelton Highspire School District.
• Setebaid Services, Inc – $3,000 for Setebaid Diabetes Camps Camperships.
• St. Barnabas Children’s Ministry – $6,000 for 2019 Summer Camp Transportation & Field Trip Fees.
• The Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society – $2,500 for Free Ecology and History Lessons for School Groups.
• Valley Youth House Committee, Inc. – $4,000.00 for Synergy Project- Providing Street Outreach to Homeless Children and Youth 0-18.

Family & Children Services of Lebanon County Fund

The Family & Children’s Services of Lebanon County Fund, a fund of TFEC, supports nonprofit social service agencies that serve families and children in Lebanon County. A total of $13,725.00 was distributed to nine organizations for their programs:

• Big Brothers – Big Sisters of the Capital Region Inc. – $500 for Beyond School Walls.
• Developmental & Disability Services of Lebanon Valley – $1,575 for 2019 Summer Starts Day Camp.
• Girls on the Run of Lancaster – $2,000 for Empowering Lebanon County Girls for a Healthy Happy Future.
• Lebanon Valley Volunteers in Medicine Clinic – $2,000 for Family Diabetes Education Program.
• Power Packs Project – $1,200 for Summer Weekend Wellness.
• Retired Senior Volunteer Program of the Capital Region Inc. – $1,500 for Summer Fruit and Fun.
• Setebaid Services, Inc. – $1,850 for Setebaid Diabetes Camp Camperships.
• The Sexual Assault Resource & Counseling Center of Lebanon & Schuylkill Counties – $2,000 for Engaging Parents & Caregivers in Child Sexual Abuse Prevention.
• VisionCorps – $1,100 for Youth Services.

The Kids Trust Fund

The Kids Trust Fund, a fund of TFEC created by and in memory of Gary L. Houck, Jr., provides support and services to young children who are living with physical or emotional abuse or neglect. The annual competitive grantmaking program is for nonprofit organizations providing programs and services for children of abuse and their families in the counties of Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York. The Kids Trust Fund awarded a total of $40,632 to six organizations for their programs:

• Children Aid Society – Southern Pennsylvania District Church of the Brethren – $8,022 for The Lehman Center Crisis Nursery.
• Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County, Inc – $10,022 for Domestic Violence Services Prevention Education Program.
• Harrisburg Area YMCA – $4,522 for Northern Dauphin County Mentoring Program.
• Hoffman Homes, Inc. – $6,022 for Creation of a Play Therapy Room.
• Leg Up Farm Inc. – $6,022 for Animal-Assisted Therapy Group.
• The Sexual Assault Resource & Counseling Center of Lebanon & Schuylkill Counties – $6,022 for Expanding Sexual Abuse Prevention Education Services in Lebanon County.

Perry County Community Foundation

The Perry County Community Foundation (PCCF) is a regional foundation of TFEC, whose strategic grantmaking focus is to invest in innovative, collaborative approaches and solutions to community problems, with the goal of funding programs and services with the potential for the greatest impact on the quality of life and positive outcomes for individuals and families living in Perry County. PCCF awarded a total of $23,278.00 to twelve organizations for their programs:

• Central Pennsylvania Food Bank – $3,500 for Reducing Food Insecurity Rates in Perry County through Youth Food Programs.
• Cove Mountain Community Theatre – $1,500 for CMCT Musical 2019.
• Duncannon Otterbein United Methodist Church – $2,000 for FaithWorks – Open Table.
• Friends of Spring Township – $1,350 for Signage for Lynn Sheaffer Dum Memorial Park.
• Historical Society of Perry County – $2,850 for Clarks Ferry Tavern, Stabilization Planning and Implementation.
• Join Hands Ministry – $2,000 for Rural Poor Outreach and Empowerment.
• Marysville-Rye Library Association – $900 for New/ Copier/ Printer/ Fax machine.
• Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation – $1,000 for Enhancing ADA-Accessible Dock with Kayak/Canoe Racks at Little Buffalo State Park.
• Perry County Literacy Council – $500 for Outreach to the Rural Poor.
• Retired Senior Volunteer Program of the Capital Region Inc. – $1,000 for Supporting our Seniors.
• Setebaid Services, Inc. – $3,200 for Setebaid Diabetes Camp Camperships.
• The Arc of Cumberland and Perry Counties – $3,478 for Training Supplies to Improve Health & Safety for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.