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More 2017 Grant Investments!

We’re proud to announce $335,000 in grant investments that will support 15 local organizations making an impact in Lancaster County!

 

This year, the Community Foundation has invested nearly $2 million dollars in Lancaster County organizations in addition to inspiring the community to generate $8.6 million during the Extraordinary Give. These grants range from $10,000 to $40,000. Trained community volunteers and staff review grant proposals and recommend grants to the Community Foundation Board of Directors who ultimately approve the investments.

These grants will support a range of programs including projects that focus on poverty elimination, support for refugees, environmental initiatives, and early childhood development.

 

PROJECT SPOTLIGHT:

Attollo is an intense college prep and leadership program of Children Deserve a Chance Foundation. With personalized and intense focus on individuals, the program is aimed at providing high performing students, particularly African Americans and Latinos, with a pipeline to leadership positions across industries in the Lancaster community. The program is growing exponentially and this year, Attollo will reach 410 students in 7 school districts across the county. Attollo works to develop exceptional, influential leaders for Lancaster’s future.

Attollo is one initiative receiving dollars from the Creative Solutions Matching Program. The “matching program” challenge grants announced today require grantee partners to bring a one-to-one dollar match to their project thus assuring that an additional $195,000 dollars will be leveraged to generate impact in the local community.


Here is a complete list of our 2017 Fall Grantee Partners!

 

CREATIVE SOLUTIONS MATCHING PROGRAM

The Creative Solutions Matching Program supports implementation of creative solutions that increase financial stability and/or quality of life. This may include first-time implementation of a new approach, new business models for community benefit organizations, or scaling of evidence-based creative solutions.

Attollo : Children Deserve a Chance        $40,000
Attollo is an intense college prep and leadership program of Children Deserve a Chance Foundation. With personalized and intense focus on each individual, the program is aimed at providing high performing students, particularly African Americans and Latinos, with a pipeline to leadership positions across industries in the Lancaster community. The program is growing exponentially and this year, Attollo will reach 410 students in 7 school districts across the county. Attollo works to develop exceptional, influential leaders for Lancaster’s future.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation        $21,975
Chesapeake Bay Foundation and partners will build a feasibility study for a first-of-its-kind pay-for-success model on farms in Lancaster County. An innovative win-win-win project for Lancaster that supports conservation, clean water, and the economy: cost-effective conservation practices are installed on farms while municipalities meet stormwater obligations at a reduced cost, and profits are returned to capital investors.

Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County        $32,880
CAPital Workforce is a nationally recognized social enterprise program of the Community Action Partnership that revitalizes communities and helps families achieve self-sufficiency, based on a straightforward but visionary approach. Employing hard-to-hire workers and offering on-the-job training while they rehabilitate homes and remove lead, CAPital comes at poverty in Lancaster County from all sides. This program will now focus on Columbia PA working with individuals to improve homes and the community.

Lancaster City Alliance        $30,000
Building on the success of the Cultivate Lancaster Entrepreneurs Forums, Lancaster City Alliance, in partnership with ASSETS, created the Lancaster Entrepreneurship Coalition, to bring together non-profit, for-profit, educational and government entities that cater to entrepreneurs in start-up and micro-businesses. The purpose of the Coalition is to increase collaboration, reduce duplication and streamline access to the vast resources available to Lancaster’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Luthercare       $30,000
Systems Aligned in Learning (SAIL) is a five-partner collaborative focused on preschool children cared for by home-based childcare providers in Lancaster County. SAIL partners regularly visit providers’ homes to deliver services and resources, free of charge, with the goal of closing the achievement gap between the children in their care and peers enrolled in quality center-based care. By doing so, SAIL increases the likelihood that these children enter kindergarten prepared and ready to learn.

SouthEast Lancaster Health Services      $40,000
SouthEast has been selected by the National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement to be a certified medical assistant training site. Chosen for our work in support of refugee and immigrant healthcare professionals seeking to re-claim their careers here in Lancaster County, Healthcare Futures will offer certified medical assistant training and upskilling that will prepare students to enter thriving wage, high demand jobs and empower refugees and entrants to re-enter the healthcare field.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE PROGRAM

The Community Foundation supports the exploration of social enterprise as an approach to advance the social mission of a community benefit organization using market-based strategies. These strategies could include receiving revenue in exchange for a product or service.

Lancaster-Lebanon Education Foundation        $30,000
The Refugee & Immigrant Education Project offers workshops and tours of the Refugee Center & Community School at Reynolds (RCCSR) to Lancaster County students and educators. In 2018, the Project will expand to reach businesses, faith groups, and nonprofits. The project’s ultimate goal is to grow Lancaster’s awareness and empathy for refugees and immigrants, to present them as vital to the County’s social and economic fabric, and to build agencies’ collective capacity to serve these populations.

The Common Wheel        $30,000
Moving from the Fringe to the Mainstream, the Common Wheel is seeking to expand their operations to a downtown location. The goal of the project is to increase visibility, provide more employment and job training opportunities for our youth while increasing the number of people using bicycles as active transportation all while increasing our sales revenue. This will also free up space in our current location to expand program offerings.

CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM

Supports programs that build an organization’s capacity to fulfill its mission through activities such as: strategic planning, board development, succession planning, marketing/ branding planning, and development planning.
Eight grants of up to $10,000 awarded totaling nearly $80,000: Central PA Food Bank, Ephrata Public Library, Hope Within Ministries, Lancaster County Workforce Development Board, Lancaster Farmland Trust, PANO, Spanish American Civic Association, SouthEast Lancaster Health Services.

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