Harrisburg, PA (June 23, 2020)— The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) announces that $128,100 in grant funds have been awarded to 43 nonprofit organizations through four competitive grant opportunities submitted to TFEC’s February 1, 2020 deadline.  All awarded projects will take place during July 1, 2020 to June 31, 2021 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, visit www.tfec.org and select nonprofits/current grant opportunities, to review the timeline, service area, and funding priorities of each grant opportunity.  Numerous grant applications were submitted, and the following have been awarded funding for 2020 – 2021:

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. In accordance with its mission, this opportunity prioritizes human services, especially programs which address needs for food, clothing and shelter; education; and cultural enrichment and the arts.   Eleven grantees were awarded a total of $32,500 for the following programs and projects:

  • Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area – $1,500 for Housing/Rental Assistance for Families with Children.
  • Dauphin County CASA – $3,000 to Sustain the Current Work and Expand the Number of Abused and Neglected Children Served in Dauphin County.
  • Harrisburg Area YMCA – $5,000 for Program Fees and Membership Fees for Inner City Youth.
  • Harrisburg Symphony Association – $5,000 for Young Persons’ Concert and Link Up Program in the 2020-21 Academic Year.
  • Left Out Organization Program – $3,500 for LOOP Back to School Night August 2020.
  • Mission Central – $2,000 for School Necessities for Disadvantaged Students in Cumberland County.
  • Oasis Community Partnership – $3,000 for Playground Expansion .
  • Pennsylvania Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Network – $2,000 for the Fund a Homework Help program for Immigrant and Refugee Children in the Harrisburg City School District.
  • Retired Senior Volunteer Program of The Capital Region, Inc. – $2,000 for 2020 Fruit and Fun Project for Steelton Highspire School District.
  • Shippensburg University Foundation – $3,000 for Shippensburg Community Resource Coalition – Summer Lunch Program 2020.
  • Team Scott Inspire, a project of TFEC: $2,500 for Students Achieving Success Program.

Family & Children Services of Lebanon County Fund – The Family & Children’s Services of Lebanon County Fund, a fund of TFEC, awards grants to nonprofit, social service agencies in support of projects which serve families and children in Lebanon County. A total of $13,705.00 was distributed to seven organizations for the following programs and projects:

  • Community Health Council of Lebanon County – $1,500 for the Be a Dad Influence program.
  • Lancaster-Lebanon Education Foundation – $1,745 for the Kindergarten Readiness Card project.
  • Lebanon Family Health Services, Inc. – $2,460 for the Be The One Parenting program.
  • Retired Senior Volunteer Program of The Capital Region, Inc. – $2,000 for the Summer Fruit and Fun project.
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central PA – $2,000 for Stays for Lebanon County Families at the RMH in Hershey.
  • The Sexual Assault Resource & Counseling Center of Lebanon & Schuylkill Counties – $2,000 for the Safety Net: Engaging Parents in the Prevention of Sexual Violence Online program.
  • WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital – $2,000 for the WellSpan Family Medicine N. 4th Street Reach Out and Read Program.

The Kids Trust Fund –The Kids Trust Fund, a fund of TFEC created by and in memory of Gary L. Houck, Jr. and celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2020, provides support and services to young children who are living with physical or emotional abuse, or neglect.  Its mission is to help young children of abuse grow up in a happy, safe, and exciting environment, and this grant opportunity seeks to support child-focused programs and services in Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties.  The Kids Trust Fund awarded a total of $57,000 to fifteen organizations for the following programs and projects:

  • Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area – $2,000 for the Neighborhood of Support project.
  • Children Aid Society, Southern Pennsylvania District – $5,000 for The Lehman Center Crisis Nursery.
  • Children’s Home of York – $3,000 for EMDR Training.
  • Compeer of Lebanon County – $2,000 for the Compeer Kids program
  • Dauphin County CASA – $5,000 for the Dauphin County CASA program.
  • EquiTeam Support Services – $2,000 for Mental, Emotional and Behavioral Support for Children and Families through Eagala Model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.
  • Harrisburg Area YMCA – $7,000 for the Northern Dauphin County YMCA Mentoring Program.
  • Hoffman Homes, Inc. – $2,500 for Enhancements to Art Therapy.
  • Keystone Human Services – $2,000 for Capital Area Head Start: Trauma Sensitivity Training.
  • Leg Up Farm, Inc. – $4,680 for the Animal-Assisted Therapy Group program.
  • Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance – $6,000 for the Working with Families When Neglect is Present program.
  • Sexual Assault Resource & Counseling Center of Lebanon & Schuylkill Counties – $7,500 for the Prevenir la violencia sexual: Community Prevention & Counseling for Spanish-Speaking Families project.
  • Team Scott Inspire, a project of TFEC – $2,000 for the Team Scott Inspire: Expanding Students Achieving Success program.
  • The Salvation Army, York – $2,000 for the Bridging the Gap program.
  • The Young Women’s Christian Association of York – $4,320 for the Empowering Children of Trauma project.

Perry County Community Foundation – The Perry County Community Foundation (PCCF) is a regional foundation of TFEC, which seeks to fund programs and services that have the potential for the greatest impact on the quality of life and positive outcomes for individuals and families living in Perry County.  Through its grantmaking, PCCF invests in innovative, collaborative approaches and solutions to community problems and supports projects that demonstrate achievable outcomes, the potential for replication as a model program, and plans for sustainability beyond the grant term. PCCF awarded a total of $24,895 to ten organizations for the following programs and projects:

  • Central Pennsylvania Food Bank- $3,500 for Reducing Food Insecurity Rates in Perry County through Youth Food Programs.
  • Employment Skills Center – $2,000 for Nurse Aide Training and Employment for Perry County Residents.
  • Historical Society of Perry County – $1,293 for the Clark’s Ferry Tavern Restoration.
  • Join Hands Ministry, Inc. – $2,000 for the Rural Poor Outreach and Empowerment – Back2School program.
  • Keystone Human Services – $3,500 for the Essential Educational Investments for Capital Area Head Start project.
  • Perry County Council of the Arts – $1,000 for the PCCA Summer Art Camp.
  • Perry County Literacy Council – $3,500 for the Student Technology project.
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central PA – $3,500 for Stays for Perry County Families at the RMH in Hershey.
  • Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center, Inc – $2,102 for Vital Preventive Health Education for Perry County Students.
  • Student Author Movement, a TFEC project- $2,500 for the Student Author Movement program.

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The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC), a community foundation, inspires giving by partnering with donors to achieve their charitable goals, and strengthens our local communities by investing in them now, and for future generations. TFEC has been serving the South Central Pennsylvania counties of Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, and Perry, and the Dillsburg Area for nearly 100 years. Regional foundations of TFEC include the Greater Harrisburg Community Foundation, the Franklin County Community Foundation, the Mechanicsburg Area Community Foundation, the Perry County Community Foundation, and the Dillsburg Area Community Foundation. For more information on TFEC, please visit www.tfec.org.

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