The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) is pleased to announce that nine grant opportunities are now available for application. Applicants either must be a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or have a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization act as a fiscal sponsor for the proposed project. Applications are due August 1, 2017 and proposed activities may take place at any time during the grant year of January 1, 2018- December 31, 2018. Click here to learn how to apply and review the grant guidelines.
The Arts for All Partnership is a partnership between TFEC and the Cultural Enrichment Fund. This unique collaborative funding initiative aims to improve the efficiency of arts grant funding and increase the overall impact of grant funding for arts programming in our communities. The Arts for All Partnership is most interested in proposals that will increase access to the arts in the Capital Region through free public performances for families, ticket subsidy programs that fill houses, innovative programs that engage and build young audiences, and educational outreach programs. Priority will be given to programs that increase arts engagement and access among diverse audiences, underserved and/or economically disadvantaged communities. Nonprofit organizations serving the counties of Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, Perry, and the Dillsburg Area and/or located within 20 miles of center city Harrisburg are invited to apply. The maximum grant award is $5,000; in 2016 grant awards ranged from $500-$5,000.
The Franklin County Foundation (FCF), a regional foundation of TFEC conducts an annual competitive grantmaking program for nonprofit organizations serving Franklin County. FCF seeks to support 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. In addition, FCF strategic grantmaking focus is to invest in innovative, collaborative approaches and solutions to community problems, and to support projects that demonstrate achievable outcomes, the potential for replication as a model program, and plans for sustainability beyond the grant term. Applicant organizations are expected to be aligned with one or more of the following priorities: arts and culture, community development, education, environment, and health and human services. The maximum grant award is $7,000; in 2016, grant awards ranged from $450-$8,900.
The Mechanicsburg Area Foundation (MAF), a regional foundation of TFEC, conducts an annual competitive grantmaking program for nonprofit organizations serving the Mechanicsburg zip codes of 17050 and 17055. MAF 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 the Mechanicsburg area. MAF requires that applicant organizations be aligned with one or more of the following funding priorities: arts and culture, community development, education, environment, and health and human services. MAF also welcomes grant applications that address civic interests in Mechanicsburg, hospice services, and degenerative disease services. The maximum grant is $12,000; in 2016 grant awards ranged from $1,300 -$7,900.
The Greater Harrisburg Foundation, a regional foundation of TFEC, is accepting Letters of Intent for Phase Two of the Early Childhood Strategic Initiative, a four year grant that serves to connect families to early childhood services and resources by ensuring that quality early childhood services and resources exist and are accessible to children and their families, educators, and the greater community. To apply, eligible organizations must submit a Letter of Intent by April 15, 2017. Within Phase Two of the Early Childhood Strategic Initiative, four grant awards will be made and those awarded grants will receive 4 years of funding: $25,000 in Year 1; $15,000 in Year 2; $10,000 in Year 3; and $5,000 in Year 4. Organizations eligible to apply will serve individuals in the central Pennsylvania counties of Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, Perry and the Dillsburg Area or Northern York County. Applicants must either be a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, or have a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization act as a fiscal sponsor for the proposed project.
The Lenker Fund is a fund the Greater Harrisburg Foundation, a regional foundation of TFEC, and serves to benefit residents of Millersburg, a borough of Dauphin County, PA. Eligible projects must benefit the residents of Millersburg, PA and applicant organizations must be aligned with one or more of the funding areas: arts and culture, community development, education, environment, and health and human services. The GHF Lenker Fund does not utilize a minimum or maximum grant level. In 2016, grant awards from GHF ranged from $500-$7,500.
The Our Challenge for giving grant is a matching grant in which the Greater Harrisburg Foundation, a regional Foundation of TFEC, will award selected organizations $7,500 in matching funds. Organizations with a total operating budget of up to $250,000 will be eligible for a $1 to $1 match. Organizations with a total operating budget between $250,000 and $1 million are eligible for a $3 to $1 match. To raise matching dollars, selected organizations will work to secure gifts from new donors, reengage lapsed and seek increased gifts from current donors. Registered 501(c)(3) organizations eligible to apply will have a total operating budget of one million dollars or less and serve one or more counties within the GHF service area of Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, and Perry Counties and the Dillsburg area of York County, PA.
The Children’s Home Foundation Fund, created in 2017 when The Children’s Home Foundation transferred their funds and the fund management to TFEC, will make grants that serve to provide aid to economically disadvantaged children in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties. In accordance with this mission, funding priority will be given in the following areas: human services, especially programs which address needs for food, clothing and shelter; education; and cultural enrichment and the arts. Funding is restricted to programs serving only disadvantaged children in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties. Grant awards are generally between $2,000 -$8,000.
The Martin M. Sacks Memorial Fund was established in 1984 in memory of Martin M. Sacks, a well-known accountant and handball devotee. This annual competitive grantmaking program is for nonprofit organizations providing youth and family-oriented programs in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry counties. Mr. Sacks was committed to supporting nonprofit organizations that provide programs and services for the disadvantaged and underserved, particularly youth. Proposals should be innovative and not duplicate existing programs and services; empower the disadvantaged and underserved; be collaborative in nature and demonstrate measurable and achievable outcomes. It is anticipated that approximately $9,000 will be available to grant in 2017; the average grant is $1,000.
The mission of The Women’s Fund, a special initiative of TFEC, is to broaden the awareness of and response to issues affecting women and girls through the power of collective philanthropy. The Women’s Fund will make 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. To further its mission, the Women’s Fund utilizes three Funding Priorities, which seek to support projects that advance the lives of girls and women by providing opportunities to address basic needs or develop economic self-sufficiency; strengthening and/or providing health and safety programs for women and girls; and promoting the education of women and girls. It is anticipated that approximately $20,000 will be available to grant in 2017; the maximum grant is $3,000.