The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) announces that $660,698 in grant funds have been awarded to 142 nonprofit organizations through nine competitive grant opportunities submitted to TFEC’s August 1, 2018 deadline. All awarded projects will take place during the 2019 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, click here to learn how to apply and review the grant guidelines. Numerous grant applications were submitted, and the following have been awarded funding for 2019:

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 $54,922 to nineteen organizations.

  • Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro – $2,000 for Destination ARTS!
  • Bosler Memorial Library – $3,000 for Music at Bosler.
  • Capital Region Arts and Education – $3,000 for CASA Arts Master Classes.
  • Carlisle Arts Learning Center – $4,000 for ArtWorks!
  • Gamut Theatre Group – $3,000 for 26th Annual Free Shakespeare in the Park.
  • Harrisburg Area Community College Foundation – $3,000 for Educating the Next Generation through the Arts (EdGe).
  • Harrisburg Gay Men’s Chorus – $3,000 for Harrisburg Gay Men’s Chorus Presents “Two Boys Kissing,” an Oratorio for Men’s Voices and Instruments.
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg -$3,400 for 2019 Senior Club Artist in Residency.
  • Perry County Council of the Arts -$1,000 for Working Artist Development Workshop Series
  • Sankofa African American Theatre Company – $4,500 for the Sankofa African America Theatre Company 2019 Programming and Production Season.
  • St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral – $1,500 for Music by the River.
  • Susquehanna Folk Music Society -$2,500 for The Art of Lying: Storytelling and the Tall Tales Tradition.
  • The Arc of Cumberland and Perry Counties – $4,000 for From A to X: Art creation to eXhibit.
  • The Burg Foundation – $2,500 for Sprocket Mural Works’ 2019 Mural Series.
  • The Nativity School of Harrisburg – $5,000 for The Arts at the Nativity School of Harrisburg.
  • The Nicodemus Center For Ceramic Studies – $2,400 for Community Outreach: Seniors.
  • The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region – $3,100 for Youth Arts Education.
  • Tri County Opportunities Industrialization Center – $1,522 for Project Arts for All: Improving Language Skills Using the Arts.
  • Worlds Affairs Council of Harrisburg -$2,500 for Global Artists Initiative.

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. Eleven organizations were awarded a total of $29,900.

  • Bosler Memorial Library – $1,650 for Summer Lunch and Learn Program: Educational Component.
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Harrisburg – $2,000 for Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families: Sofa & Dressers.
  • Capital Region Literacy Council – $3,000 for CRLC Book Program.
  • Cocoa Packs Inc – $4,000 for Expanded Choice Pantry: Materials, Labor & Supplies.
  • Community Check-Up Center of South Harrisburg Inc – $2,500 for Providing Quality Healthcare to Uninsured Children of South Harrisburg.
  • Healthy Steps Diaper Bank – $3,000 for Diapers for Families in Need.
  • Keystone Human Services – $6,000 for Transportation for Education.
  • Operation Warm – $2,000 for Capital Area Head Start Coats.
  • Shalom House – $2,000 for Emergency Shelter- Kids Under Cover.
  • The Salvation Army, Carlisle Corps – $750 for Financial Assistance to Families Enrolled in Pathway of Hope.
  • The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region – $3,000 for Clothing & Education Needs for Youth.

Emerging Philanthropists Program

The Emerging Philanthropist Program seeks to engage Harrisburg’s emerging business and community leaders with the great possibilities that lie within philanthropic endeavors in Harrisburg and is a joint project of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities and Harrisburg Young Professionals.

  • In 2018, EPP awarded $5,000 to Brethren Housing Association for its Transitions Youth 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 $74,976 to fifteen organizations.

  • Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library – $5,440 for Novel Reels: Live Theater! and Novel Reels: Double Feature!
  • Antietam Humane Society – $2,000 for Shelter Buddies.
  • The Boys and Girls Club of Chambersburg and Shippensburg – $7,629 for Triple Play.
  • Capitol Theatre Foundation – $4,000 for Franklin County Young Playwrights Festival 2019.
  • Children Aid Society – $7,000 for Support for self pay and sliding fee scale clients at the Francis Leiter Center.
  • Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter – $3,000 for Second Chance Program.
  • Diaper Depot at Central – $7,000 for Diaper Depot at Central.
  • Employment Skills Center – $4,000 for Nurse Aide Training and Employment for Franklin County Residents.
  • Franklin County Legal Services -$7,629 for Meeting Basic Human Needs through Legal Services.
  • The Nicodemus Center for Ceramic Studies – $3,448 for Community Outreach: Youth.
  • PennCares Support Services – $6,830 for Sensory Story Time.
  • Presbyterian Senior Living – $1,500 for Enhancing Physical Therapy Services at Quincy Village.
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central PA – $5,000 for Franklin County Stays at RMH in Hershey.
  • Waynesboro Community & Human Services – $7,000 for Community Health Nursing Program.
  • Waynesboro Community Concert Association -$3,500 for WCCA No-Cost Invitation to Veterans and Community Service Providers 2019.

Greater Harrisburg Foundation (GHF) Benjamin Franklin Trust Fund

The 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. Seven organizations were awarded a total of $7,856.

  • Carlisle Cares -$1,300 for Resources for the Homeless.
  • Carlisle Tool Library – $1,590 for Carlisle Tool Library Operating Expense.
  • Girls on the Run of Greater Susquehanna Valley – $1,000 for Girls on the Run Financial Assistance Initiative.
  • Lancaster Lebanon Habitat for Humanity -$1,700 for Lebanon Homeowner Education Series.
  • Army Heritage Center Foundation -$500 for Veterans Cafe Program Expansion.
  • The Kidney Foundation of Central Pennsylvania – $1,266 for Patient Emergency Assistance Program Fund.
  • Tri-County Opportunities Industrialization Center – $500 for OIC BookyMobile – On the Road Again.

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. Fifty-nine organizations were awarded a total of $405,004.

  • Audubon Pennsylvania – $2,000 for materials not personnel within Roots & Wings: Cultivating Healthier Communities through Education and Conservation.
  • Beacon Clinic For Health and Hope – $10,000 for Inclusion of a full-time Executive Director.
  • Bethesda Mission of Harrisburg – $6,000 for Community Center.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Of The Capital Region – $5,222 for Trauma Informed Youth Mentoring in the Capital Region.
  • Brethren Housing Association – $5,738 for Transitions.
  • Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area – $10,000 for Rental Assistance.
  • Camp Hebron – $5,000 for Farm Education Initiative.
  • Capital Area Girls on the Run – $6,000 to be used for Girls on the Run Access to SEL for a Healthy School Community.
  • Capital Region Arts and Education – $3,500 to be used for CASA’s College & Career Readiness Program.
  • Carlisle Arts Learning Center – $7,500 for CONNECT Summer Camp.
  • Castaway Critters: The James A. Hueholt Memorial Foundation for Animals – $6,008 for Operation CatNip.
  • Center for Champions of PA – $5,000 for Rooted Site Mentoring.
  • Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania – $4,276.85 for YOUth MATTERs.
  • Chambersburg Hispanic American Center – $5,350 for Parent Education Program: Improving the Preschool and Kindergarten Readiness of Low-Income Latino Children Through Parent Education.
  • Covenant Community Corporation (Fiscal Sponsor): Camp Curtin Community Preschool – $10,000 for Reducing the Effects of Childhood Adversity and Improving the Well-Being of Young Children and Their Families through Trauma-Informed Educational Approaches and Resiliency Coaching.
  • Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter – $3,992 for Spay/Neuter Clinic.
  • Diakon Child, Family & Community Ministries – $10,000 for Diakon Youth Mentoring Program.
  • Diaper Depot at Central – $10,000 for Diaper Depot at Central.
  • Downtown Daily Bread – $10,000 for Day Shelter.
  • Feel Your Boobies Foundation – $6,588 for Breast Health Education & Outreach for At-Risk & Minority Young Women.
  • Grandparents Involved From The Start – $5,500 for G.I.F.T.S Relief Fund.
  • Harrisburg Area Community College Foundation – $5,000 for Funds for Excellence for Dental Programs.
  • Healthy Communities Partnership of Greater Franklin Co – $5,000 for Go Girls Go! In Franklin County.
  • Healthy Steps Diaper Bank – $7,500 for The Silent Crisis.
  • Hope Within Ministries – $10,000 for Expanded Early Access to Behavioral Health Care for Adults & Children through Counseling Internship Program.
  • Join Hands Ministry – $8,000 for Rural Poor Outreach and Empowerment.
  • Joshua Group – $6,000 for Year Round Academic Support Program, focused on “Reading by Fourth”.
  • LEAF Project – $10,000 for The LEAF Project’s Summer Internship.
  • LGBT Community Center Coalition of Central PA – $9,925 for Improving Mental Health Services for LGBTQ+ People M28 Ministry – $4,732 for M28 Recovery Project.
  • Medard’s House – $10,000 for Health 360.
  • Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art – $4,000 for Phase 3: Improvements to Nature’s Discovery Play Area.
  • Neighborhood Dispute Settlement – $2,000 for Youth Peace Sessions.
  • New Hope Ministries – $5,000 for Workforce Development and Stability Program.
  • Open Stage of Harrisburg – $5,000 for The Diary of Anne Frank.
  • Paxton Ministries – $8,300 for Job Coaching for Adults in Need.
  • Pennsylvania Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Network – $8,000 for Seniors Program.
  • Perry County Literacy Council – $5,000 for Poverty Addressed Upstream.
  • Please Live – $2,020 for STOMP – Student/Teen Outreach for Mental (illness) Prevention.
  • Power Packs Project – $8,500 for Frozen for Freshness! Providing fresh food to Lebanon County families.
  • Retired Senior Volunteer Program of the Capital Region – $8,000 for Tapping Senior Power.
  • Riverside United Methodist Church – $10,000 for Riverside Community Center Project.
  • SeniorLAW Center – $8,000 for Protecting the Rights of Older Pennsylvanians: The Pennsylvania SeniorLAW Helpline.
  • Shalom House – $5,000 for Coaches for Life.
  • She’s Somebody’s Daughter – $9,900 for Awareness and Prevention of Sexual Exploitation.
  • TFEC (Fiscal Sponsor): IIPT Harrisburg Peace Promenade – $5,000 for African American Monument – Civic Dialogue Series – Live & Learn.
  • The Boys and Girls Club of Chambersburg and Shippensburg – $10,000 for Summer Brain Gain 2019.
  • The Burg Foundation (Fiscal Sponsor): Sprocket Mural Works – $10,000 for Sprocket Mural Works Sprocket Mural Works’ 2019.
  • The Nativity School of Harrisburg – $10,000 for Breaking the Cycle of Poverty through Education.
  • The Salvation Army – Carlisle Corps – $6,000 for Pathway of Hope.
  • The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region – $6,000 for Self-Sufficiency Mentoring & Family Engagement.
  • The Sexual Assault Resource & Counseling Center of Lebanon & Schuylkill Counties – $3,500 for Enhancing Community-Based Response to LGBTQ+ Youth.
  • The World Affairs Council of Harrisburg – $1,450 for Teaching Peace Club & Global Scholars Club.
  • Tri County Community Action – $10,000 for Reseed and Transform.
  • Tri County Opportunities Industrialization Center, – $7,700 for Removing Barriers to Success.
  • United Methodist Home for Children – $10,000 for Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 Vision Resources Of Central Pennsylvania – $10,000 for Vision Screening for Children.
  • Waynesboro Community & Human Services – $5,303 for Homelessness Prevention: Emergency Financial Fund.
  • Young Women’s Empowerment Academy – $7,500 for YWEA Mentorship Program.

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. Eleven organizations were awarded a total of $10,000.

  • Bosler Memorial Library – $500 for Techno Kids Program & Techno Makers Pop-Up Kits.
  • Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area – $500 for Rental Assistance.
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Harrisburg PA – $2,000 for Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families.
  • Center For Champions of PA – $500 for Rooted Site Mentoring.
  • Harrisburg Area YMCA – $1,000 for Healthy Weight and Your Child.
  • Healthy Steps Diaper Bank – $1,000 for The Silent Crisis.
  • Nativity School of Harrisburg – $1,000 for Athletic Programs at the Nativity School of Harrisburg.
  • Perry County Council of the Arts – $500 for Artists Mentoring Students.
  • Shalom House – $1,000 for Parents & Providers Engaged for Empowered Youth.
  • The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region – $1,000 for Family Open House.
  • The Young Womens Christian Association of Carlisle Pennsylvania -$1,000 for Girl Power.

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 $48,040 in grant funds to six organizations.

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region -$7,500 for Bigs in Blue in the Mechanicsburg Area School District.
  • Employment Skills Center – $10,000 for Nurse Aide Training & Employment Program for Residents of Mechanicsburg.
  • Girls on the Run Capital Area – $2,500 for Support of Mechanicsburg Schools.
  • Homeland Center: Homeland Hospice -$12,000 for Homeland Hospice In-Home Relief.
  • Hospice of Central PA – $12,000 for Complementary Therapies.
  • Please Live, $4,040 for STOMP- Student/Teen Outreach for Mental (illness) Prevention.

The Women’s Fund

The Women’s Fund, a special initiative of TFEC, broadens the awareness of and response to issues affecting women and girls through the power of collective philanthropy. The Women’s Fund 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 and awarded a total of $25,000 to thirteen organizations.

  • Brethren Housing Association – $3,000 for its Transitions Peer Support Group.
  • Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area – $3,000 for Rental Assistance.
  • Carlisle Cares – $1,500 for the Family Emergency Shelter.
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Harrisburg – $1,500 for the Lourdeshouse Maternity Home Program.
  • Feel Your Boobies Foundation – $3,000 for At-Risk & Minority Young Women Interviews & Focus Groups.
  • Healthy Steps Diaper Bank – $2,500 for The Silent Crisis project.
  • Hope Within Ministries – $3,000 for Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care for Uninsured & Underinsured Women & Girls.
  • Lebanon Valley Volunteers In Medicine Clinic – $1,000 for medicine within its Free Health Clinic.
  • Mission of Mercy – $1,000 for medicine within the Medical and Dental Care for Uninsured and Underinsured Women project.
  • The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region – $1,500 for the Career Development for Girls program.
  • The Sexual Assault Resource & Counseling Center of Lebanon & Schuylkill Counties – $2,000 for the Bridging Gaps in Services for Sexual Violence Survivors in Lebanon County project.
  • The Young Women’s Christian Association of Carlisle Pennsylvania – $1,000 for the FEE Free! (Female. Economic. Empowerment.) program.
  • Young Women’s Empowerment Academy – $1,000 for its Self-Empowerment Program.