The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) is pleased to announce that forty three grant awards totaling $113,404 were made to area nonprofits through five competitive grant opportunities submitted to TFEC’s February 1, 2018 deadline. All awarded projects will take place during the July 2018-June 2019 calendar years and all grant recipients are registered nonprofit organizations or have a fiscal sponsor. Organizations interested in applying to these or other TFEC grant opportunities should click here to learn how to apply and review the grant guidelines.

Camp Hill Area Community Foundation

Camp Hill Community Foundation LogoThe Camp Hill Area Community Foundation, a regional foundation of TFEC, support projects that have the potential for the greatest impact on the quality of life and positive outcomes for individuals and families living in the Camp Hill Area. Four organizations were awarded a total of $4,000 for their programs:

  • Harrisburg Area YMCA West Shore Branch was awarded $1,000 to assist with improvements to its pool lift.
  • Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance was awarded $1,000 for mandated reporter training needs to protect children from abuse and neglect.
  • The Arc of Dauphin County was awarded $1,000 to assist with educational advocacy needs for youth and families.
  • The Edge Church was awarded $1,000 for its Food Ministry program.

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. Seven grantees were awarded a total of $30,902 for their programs:

  • Covenant Community Corporation was awarded $4,102 for Camp Curtin Community Preschool’s Cultural & Educational Adventure Programs for children who live in Harrisburg’s Camp Curtin Neighborhood.
  • Harrisburg Area YMCA was awarded $5,000 for programs and services for inner city youth served by its East Shore and Camp Curtin Branches.
  • Harrisburg Symphony Association was awarded $5,000 for music education programs for children.
  • Joshua Group was awarded $5,000 for educational programs at the Joshua Learning Center.
  • Nativity School of Harrisburg was awarded $5,000 for the program, Breaking the Cycle of Poverty through Education.
  • Shippensburg University Foundation was awarded $2,800 for Shippensburg Community Resource Coalition’s summer Lunch Program, a program to address food insecurity.
  • St. Stephen’s Episcopal School was awarded $4,000 to assist students from Dauphin, Cumberland, and Perry counties who could not otherwise afford attendance.

Family & Children Services of Lebanon County Fund

The Family & Children’s Services of Lebanon County, a fund of TFEC, supports nonprofit social service agencies that serve families and children in Lebanon County. A total of $15,215.00 was distributed to nine organizations for their programs:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Capital Region was awarded $1,325 to assist with the Lebanon County High School Bigs Kickoff project.
  • Capital Area Girls on the Run was awarded $2,500 to assist with the expansion of the Girls on the Run program in Lebanon County.
  • Lebanon Family Health Services was awarded $2,990 for the Be The One Parenting Program.
  • Lebanon Valley Council on The Arts was awarded $200 to assist with the ReClaim, ReUse, ReCycle arts program.
  • The Power Packs Project was awarded $1,200 to help provide fresh milk to Lebanon students through the Milk Matters! Fresh Milk project.
  • Retired Senior Volunteer Program of The Capital Region was awarded $1,500 for the Fruit and Fun project.
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central PA was awarded $2,000 to assist Lebanon County families who stay at the Hershey Ronald McDonald House while their loved ones undergo treatment.
  • Sexual Assault Resource & Counseling Center of Lebanon & Schuylkill Counties was awarded $1,500 for the Parents In The Know Program.
  • Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania was awarded $2,000 for Operation Backpack 2018 activities serving Lebanon County.

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 $40,259 to thirteen organizations for their programs:

  • Center for Champions of PA was awarded $500 to assist with its Rooted Site Mentoring program for youths.
  • Children Aid Society was awarded $5,580 for the The Lehman Center Crisis Nursery.
  • Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County was awarded $7,580 for the Domestic Violence Services: Children’s Component Prevention Education Program.
  • Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland & Perry Counties was awarded $3,500 for Children & Youth Programs.
  • Harrisburg Area YMCA Northern Dauphin County Branch was awarded $2,500 for its Mentoring Program.
  • Leg Up Farm was awarded $3,699 for its Animal-Assisted Therapy Group.
  • Medard’s House was awarded $500 to assist with Counseling Services.
  • Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance was awarded $2,100 to assist with mandated reporter training needs.
  • Sexual Assault Resource & Counseling Center of Lebanon & Schuylkill Counties was awarded $4,000 for the Enhancing Prevention Education Counseling Services project.
  • The Salvation Army (York) was awarded $5,100 for the Bridging the Gap: Abuse Prevention through Empowering Students with Character Education and Life Skills program.
  • The Young Women’s Christian Association of Carlisle Pennsylvania was awarded $2,200 for its Trauma Processing Yoga Group.
  • United Cerebral Palsy Foundation of Central Pennsylvania was awarded $500 for its Tikes and Tots Social Readiness Group.
  • United Methodist Home For Children was awarded $2,500 for Equine Assisted Therapy and Equine Assisted Learning & Riding Programs.

Perry County Community Foundation

Perry County Community Foundation LogoThe 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 $23,028 to ten organizations for their programs:

  • Healthy Steps Diaper Bank was awarded $2,000 to assist with diaper needs for families in Perry County.
  • Otterbein United Methodist Church was awarded $2,000 for its FaithWorks, The Open Table program.
  • Perry County Council of the Arts was awarded $2,800 to assist with its Summer Art Camp.
  • Perry County Literacy Council was awarded $3,228 for its Retail Training to Careers program.
  • Perry County Memorial Wall was awarded $500 to assist with the Perry County Memorial Wall project.
  • Retired Senior Volunteer Program of The Capital Region was awarded $2,500 for the Seniors Helping Seniors program.
  • The Arc of Cumberland and Perry Counties was awarded $3,500 to assist with accessibility needs at Montebello.
  • The Perry Historians Airy View School House was awarded $1,500 to assist with restoration of The Caroline Furnace.
  • United Cerebral Palsy Foundation of Central Pennsylvania was awarded $3,000 for its Tikes and Tots Social Readiness Group serving Perry County.
  • Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania was awarded $2,000 for Operation Backpack 2018 activities serving Perry County.