HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania –The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) announces that $641,166 in grant funds have been awarded to 139 nonprofit organizations through ten competitive grant opportunities submitted to TFEC’s August 1, 2020 deadline.  All awarded projects will take place during the 2020 calendar year 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 to learn how to apply and review the grant guidelines.  Numerous grant applications were submitted, and the following have been awarded funding for 2021:

Arts for All Partnership The Arts for All Partnership, a partnership between the Cultural Enrichment Fund and the Greater Harrisburg Foundation, a regional foundation of TFEC, works to support and increase access to the arts throughout the capital region and awarded a total of $100,000 to twenty-four organizations.

  • Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro, Inc. – $5,000 for Destination ARTS! Free Performance Series.
  • Bosler Memorial Library – $3,600 for Music at Bosler.
  • Cantate Carlisle – $4,800 for Generations Together.
  • Carlisle Arts Learning Center, Inc. – $5,000 for ArtWorks!
  • CASA Charter School Foundation – $5,000 for CASA Student Master Classes.
  • Cathedral Church of St Stephen – $2,500 for A Christ For All People: Visual Arts Exhibition.
  • Dauphin County Library System – $3,500 for TimeSlips.
  • Gamut Theatre Group, Inc. – $5,000 for Julius Caesar Goes Digital Tour.
  • Gretna Theatre – $2,000 for Gretna Theatre Kids Series Accessibility.
  • Harrisburg Gay Men’s Chorus – $4,850 for The Harrisburg Gay Men’s Chorus Presents “As Time Goes By – A Choral Concert”.
  • Harrisburg Opera Association – $5,000 for Opera in the Park.
  • Market Square Concerts – $3,500 for Soundscape Educational Outreach Program.
  • Mount Gretna School of Art – $4,357 for Integrating in-person and live online broadcast of public cultural events.
  • Open Stage of Harrisburg – $5,000.00 for The Alsedek Theatre School Virtual Education Project.
  • Pennsylvania Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Network – $5,000.00 for Diversity Luncheon.
  • Sankofa African American Theatre Company – $5,000.00 for Poetry in Place, Monologues in Motion.
  • Sprocket Mural Works, Inc. – $5,000.00 for 2021 Harrisburg Mural Festival.
  • The Arc of Cumberland and Perry Counties – $4,000.00 for From A to X: Art creation to eXhibit.
  • The Arc of Dauphin County – $2,043.00 for The 47th Annual Our Art, Our Voice Art Show.
  • The Nativity School of Harrisburg – $5,000.00 for Dance at The Nativity School of Harrisburg.
  • The Nicodemus Center for Ceramic Studies, Inc. – $5,000.00 for Community Outreach: Seniors.
  • The Salvation Army, Carlisle Corps – $3,000.00 for Doors to Creative Expression: Arts Enrichment for Children.
  • Totem Pole Playhouse – $5,000.00 for Totem Pole Playhouse Production of A Christmas Carol.
  • Wilson College – $1,850.00 for The Creative Writing Colloquium Proposal at Wilson College.

The Children’s Home Foundation Fund— The Children’s Home Foundation Fund, a fund of TFEC, provides aid to economically disadvantaged children in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties.  Fifteen organizations were awarded a total of $30,726.

  • Big Brothers – Big Sisters of the Capital Region Inc. – $1,000 for Trauma-informed Mentoring for Children Experiencing ACEs-Adverse Childhood Experiences.
  • Central Pennsylvania Food Bank – $3,000 for Sustaining Our Youth: Cumberland County Youth Programs.
  • Cocoa Packs, Inc. – $2,000 for Fresh produce and recipe cards to be included in weekly food packs for 500 children who are insecure in Dauphin County.
  • Community Check-up Center of South Harrisburg – $2,500 To continue providing the quality health care to the uninsured children of South Harrisburg.
  • Diakon Child, Family and Community Ministries – $2,000 To establish a support group for LGBTQ+ young people who experience the intersectionality of being a youth in foster care and an individual who experiences life as an LGBTQ+ identified person.
  • HANNA Education Foundation – $2,000 for HANNA Packs provide nutritious, easy to prepare food to children to ensure they get enough to eat on weekends and holidays to avoid hunger when they can’t depend on school meals.
  • Healthy Steps Diaper Bank – $1,266 For diapers and distribution expenses.
  • Joshua Group – $2,000 for Joshua Group Educational Programs.
  • Operation Warm – $1,000 To provide new coats to 100 unserved children at the Capital Area Head Start.
  • Foundation for the Central Dauphin School – $2,000 for Panther Ram Foundation – CDSD Nutripacks Program: To maintain and expand to middle school students the NutriPacks weekend backpack program for food insecure children and children from low-income families.
  • Project SHARE of Carlisle –$2,000 for Weekend Nutrition Power-pack Program.
  • Shalom House – $2,000 To cover bednights & meals for children experiencing homelessness.
  • Summer Program for Youth – $2,500 To provide summer educational and cultural enrichment programming to underserved children in the Carlisle community.
  • The Nativity School of Harrisburg – $2,000 for Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Education
  • The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region – $3,500 to Provide clothing, shoes and education/child care for disadvantaged, at-risk children in the Harrisburg area, particularly families affected by unemployment, challenges related to COVID.

Emerging Philanthropists Program –A joint project of TFEC and Harrisburg Young Professionals, the Emerging Philanthropist Program awarded $5,000 to Family Promise of Harrisburg Capital Region for the Check 1, 2, 3 Program.

Franklin County Community Foundation—The Franklin County Community Foundation (FCCF), a regional foundation of TFEC, supports 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 Franklin County and awarded a total of $79,427 to sixteen organizations.

  • Capitol Theatre Center Foundation – $2,867.00 for Franklin County Young Playwrights Festival 2021.
  • Chambersburg Area Council for the Arts – $3,500.00 for Arts Express.
  • Children Aid Society – Southern Pennsylvania District Church of the Brethren – $7,000.00 for Support for self pay and sliding fee scale clients at the Frances Leiter Center.
  • CONTACT Helpline – $2,500.00 for Emotional Listening Support Services.
  • Cumberland Valley Breast Care Alliance, Inc. – $7,000.00 for MammaGift Project.
  • Cumberland Valley Rails To Trails Council, Inc. – $2,000.00 for Cumberland Valley Rail Trail – Franklin County Extension, Orrstown Road Trailhead.
  • Diaper Depot at Central – $7,120.50 for Diaper Depot at Central (DD@C).
  • Employment Skills Center – $5,000.00 for Nurse Aide Training and Employment – Franklin County.
  • Franklin County Legal Services – $7,000.00 for Meeting Basic Needs through Legal Services.
  • Greencastle-Antrim Education Foundation – $2,100.00 for GAEF Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
  • Pennsylvania Society for Biomedical Research – $7,120.50 for Mobile Biomedical Science Program for Middle School Students in Franklin County.
  • The Boys and Girls Club of Chambersburg & Shippensburg Inc. – $7,000.00 for Triple Play.
  • The Pennsylvania State University – $7,000.00 for Veterans Equine Therapeutic Riding Program – Franklin County 4-H Therapeutic Riding Center.
  • Totem Pole Playhouse – $1,000.00 for Totem Pole Playhouse 2021 70th Anniversary Season.
  • Waynesboro Area Business Education and Community Foundation – $4,700.00 for WASD P3: Be the Village.
  • Waynesboro Community & Human Services Inc. – $6,519.00 for Community Health Nurse Program.

Greater Harrisburg Foundation (GHF) Benjamin Franklin Trust FundThe GHF Benjamin Franklin Trust Fund supports 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.  Five organizations were awarded a total of $5,262.

  • Brethren Community Ministries – $750 for Computer Class.
  • Employment Skills Center — $750.00 for Adult Basic Education Class.
  • KidsPeace National Centers for Kids in Crisis, Inc. — $750.00 for KidsPeace Harrisburg FCCP – Activities for Foster Youth and Foster Families.
  • Sprocket Mural Works, Inc. — $1,700.00 for 2021 Harrisburg Mural Festival.
  • The Mental Wellness Awareness Association, Inc. — $1,312.00 for Adult and/or Youth Mental Health First Aide.

Greater Harrisburg Foundation (GHF) UPstream – The GHF 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. This grant opportunity is open to singular or collective nonprofit organizations whose proposals will serve the GHF service area of Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, and/or Perry Counties and the Dillsburg Area of Northern York County.   Forty-seven organizations were awarded a total of $232,825.

  • Beacon Clinic for Health and Hope – $4,318.99 for Technology & IT Security Infrastructure.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region, Inc. – $5,000.00 for Trauma-informed Youth Mentoring in the Capital Region: 2020 and Beyond.
  • Brethren Community Ministries – $3,000.00 for Agape Satyagraha.
  • Brethren Housing Association – $5,000.00 for Transitions: Bridge Housing for Single Moms and Kids Experiencing Homelessness.
  • Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area — $5,000.00 for Homeownership Track.
  • Camp Hebron, Inc. – $10,000.00 for Ultimate Adventure Program.
  • Capital Area Girls on the Run – $4,000.00 for Girls on the Run.
  • Capital Area Head Start, a division of Keystone Service Systems – $6,500.00 for Implementing PATHS: Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies.
  • Capital Region Literacy Council – $5,000.00 for Capital Region Literacy Council Great Book Adventure.
  • Carlisle Arts Learning Center, Inc. – $2,500.00 for CONNECT Summer Program.
  • CASA Charter School Foundation – $5,000 for CASA’s College & Career Readiness Program.
  • Castaway Critters, the James A. Hueholt Memorial Foundation for Animals – $5,625.00 for Operation CatNip.
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Harrisburg — $9,000.00 for Empowering Women for Success.
  • Center for Champions of PA, Inc. – $4,500.00 for ROOTED Site Mentoring.
  • Center for Employment Opportunities – $5,000.00 for Transitional Work Crew opportunities for formerly incarcerated participants in Dauphin County.
  • Christ the King Deaf Church – DeafCAN! — $3,500.00 for Launching Deaf Bhutanese in Growing Relocated Community in Harrisburg/Central PA.
  • Christian Churches United of the Tri-County Area – $3,000.00 for Getting Ahead Classes.
  • Community CARES — $4,000.00 for Cumberland Street Reach.
  • Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, Inc. – $5,200.00 for Spay/Neuter Clinic.
  • Dauphin County Library System – $3,000.00 for Stepping Stones to Milestones.
  • Diaper Depot at Central — $3,000.00 for Diaper Depot at Central (DD@C).
  • Downtown Daily Bread — $7,500.00 for Day Shelter.
  • Family Promise of Harrisburg Capital Region — $4,000.00 for Homelessness Prevention.
  • Farm of Hope, Inc. — $5,000.00 for Farm of Hope Pathways to Pasture Project.
  • Feel Your Boobies Foundation — $5,000.00 for “Are You Doing It?” A Media Campaign.
  • Grandparents Involved from the Start, Inc. (GIFTS) – $4,689.50 for GIFTS Relief Fund.
  • Healthy Steps Diaper Bank — $3,000.00 for The Silent Crisis.
  • Join Hands Ministry — $4,000.00 for Rural Poor Outreach and Empowerment.
  • Leaf Project, Inc. — $7,000.00 for The LEAF Project: Growing Resilience.
  • Lebanon Valley Volunteers in Medicine – $8,394.00 for Lebanon Valley Volunteers In Medicine’s Walk-in Clinic (LVVIM).
  • Maranatha-Carlisle — $2,000.00 for Charitable Client Funding.
  • Medard’s House — $5,000.00 for Garden to Table.
  • New Hope Ministries, Inc. – $3,405.00 for Life-Sustaining and Life-Changing Community Resources for At-Risk Populations.
  • Open Stage of Harrisburg – $4,000.00 for The Anne Frank Experience Online Exhibit.
  • Perry County Literacy Council – $3,909.00 for Digital Literacy for the Workplace.
  • Retired Senior Volunteer Program of the Capital Region, Inc. – $4,689.50 for Tapping Senior Power – Year Three.
  • Sexual Assault Resource & Counseling Center of Lebanon & Schuylkill Counties – $8,200.00 for Prevention at the Intersections: Educational Programming & Services for Access & Inclusion.
  • Shalom House — $5,000.00 for Campus Plan for Collective Impact: Focus on Case Management.
  • Summer Program for Youth – $5,000.00 for SPY Expansion to Two Locations.
  • The Boys and Girls Club of Chambersburg & Shippensburg, Inc. – $5,000.00 for 2021 BGCCS Summer Camp featuring Summer Brain Gain.
  • The Nativity School of Harrisburg – $2,000.00 for Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Education.
  • The Salvation Army, Carlisle Corps – $3,000.00 for Transportation Assistance Program.
  • The Salvation Army, Lebanon Corps – $8,394.00 for Emergency Services Assistance Program.
  • The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region – $5,000.00 for Self-Sufficiency Programs – Direct Client Assistance.
  • Tri-County Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. — $3,500.00 for Digital Literacy for Job Seekers.
  • Waynesboro Community & Human Services, Inc. — $5,000.00 for Homelessness Prevention: Emergency Financial Fund
  • Wildheart — $10,000.00 for Love the Hill Summer Project 2021.

The Martin M. Sacks Memorial Fund—The Martin M. Sacks Memorial Fund supports nonprofit organizations that provide programs and services for the disadvantaged and underserved, particularly youth. Established in 1984 in memory of Martin M. Sacks, this annual competitive grant program serves nonprofit organizations providing youth and family-oriented programs in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry counties with preference given to programs or services that are provided to or within Harrisburg and the immediate surrounding areas.  Ten organizations were awarded a total of $7,500.

  • Brethren Community Ministries – $750.00 for Bright Futures.
  • Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area – $500.00 for Homeownership Track.
  • Catholic Charities – $750.00 for The Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families.
  • Christ the King Deaf Church – DeafCAN! – $750.00 for Launching Deaf Bhutanese in Growing Relocated Community in Harrisburg/Central PA.
  • Community CARES – $1,000.00 for Youth Emergency Shelter.
  • Healthy Steps Diaper Bank – $1,000.00 for The Silent Crisis.
  • Shalom House – $500.00 for Incentives for Savings.
  • Shattered Diamonds – $800.00 for Refining Shattered Diamonds.
  • The Nativity School of Harrisburg – $750.00 for Athletic Equipment for The Nativity School of Harrisburg.
  • Wildheart – $750.00 for Love the Hill Summer Project 2021-Teen Internship.

Mechanicsburg Area Community Foundation—The Mechanicsburg Area Community Foundation, a regional foundation of TFEC, supports 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 the Mechanicsburg area and awarded a total of $74,976 in grant funds to fourteen organizations.

  • Big Brothers-Big Sisters of the Capital Region, Inc. – $3,750.00 for Bigs In Blue Youth Mentoring in the Mechanicsburg Area.
  • Capital Area Girls on the Run – $4,215.00 for Girls on the Run MASD and CVSD.
  • Capital Area Head Start, a division of Keystone Partnership – $5,000.00 for Capital Area Head Start: Educational, Health and Emergency Resources.
  • Community CARES – $3,048.00 for Cumberland Street Reach-Mechanicsburg.
  • Employment Skills Center – $5,800.00 for Nurse Aide Training and Employment Program for Mechanicsburg Residents.
  • Homeland Hospice – $7,200.00 for In Home Relief Program.
  • Hospice of Central Pennsylvania – $7,200.00 for Complementary Therapies.
  • Joseph T. Simpson Public Library – $10,000.00 for School Readiness & Enhancement Programs.
  • Junior Achievement of South Central PA, Inc. – $7,200.00 for Junior Achievement Programs in the Mechanicsburg Area.
  • Messiah Lifeways at Messiah Village – $4,867.00 for Snelbaker Music Therapy Program.
  • New Hope Ministries, Inc. – $7,000.00 for Meeting the needs of low-income Mechanicsburg residents.
  • PennCares – $5,096.00 for Ageless Grace & Older Adults and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Mini Series Program.
  • Pennsylvania Society for Biomedical Research – $1,000.00 for Mobile Biomedical Science Program for Middle School Students in Mechanicsburg.
  • The Arc of Cumberland and Perry Counties – $3,600.00 for “Water Sesame”: Delivering Touchless Technology to CIT.

Palmer Family Foundation Fund — The Palmer Family Foundation Fund, supports any visual or performing arts nonprofit organization located in Franklin County, PA for the purpose of supporting the arts in Franklin County and awarded a total of $5,450 to two organizations.

  • Downtown Chambersburg, Inc. — $2,500 for the 2021 Exhibit Season.
  • The Nicodemus Center for Ceramic Studies, Inc. – $2,950 for the Master Artisan Series program.

The Fund for Women & Girls—The Fund for Women & Girls, a special initiative of TFEC, broadens the awareness of and response to issues affecting women and girls through the power of collective philanthropy. The Fund for Women & Girls makes grants to programs and initiatives that serve women and girls in the South Central PA counties of Dauphin, Cumberland, Franklin, Lebanon, Perry, and the Dillsburg Area of York County.  In honor of the Fund for Women & Girls 20th anniversary in 2020, nonprofit organizations were invited to share their vision for programs, projects, and services that will create lasting impact for women and girls in South Central PA through a special, one-time, VISIONARY grant opportunity. Five organizations were selected and were awarded a total of $100,000.

  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Harrisburg – $20,000 for The Empowering Women for Success Project.
  • Christ the King Deaf Church – DeafCAN! – $20,000 for Launching Deaf Bhutanese Women & Girls in Growing Relocated Community in Harrisburg/Central PA.
  • Employment Skills Center – $20,000 for ASPIRE-Plus: Empowering Women and Girls Thr ough Education and Training.
  • LGBT Community Center Coalition of Central PA – $20,000 for GLO Harrisburg: A Safe Space for Transgender Women & Girls of Color.
  • The Sexual Assault Resource & Counseling Center of Lebanon & Schuylkill Counties – $20,000 for From Margins to Center: Community-based programs for underserved women and girls.

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ABOUT THE FOUNDATION FOR ENHANCING COMMUNITIES

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.