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Summer Grant Cycle Awards more than $200,000

In 2013, the Lancaster County Community Foundation will invest more than $2.3 million dollars in Lancaster County. Today the Community Foundation announces $200, 840 of that total to be invested through 11 community benefit organizations in our Summer 2013 Grant Cycle. Grant dollars will support programs that address youth education, local healthcare concerns, and county diversity education.

In this second of four grant cycles this year, nine separate funds at the Community Foundation provided money to support a range of community benefit organizations.  For example, this cycle provided YWCA Lancaster with a $15,000 grant investment to help support diversity education. As part of their mission to promote inclusion in our community, the YWCA, in partnership with the North Museum of Natural History & Science, will bring the interactive exhibit “RACE: Are we so Different” to Lancaster County. A project of the American Anthropological Association, “RACE” is a travelling museum exhibit examining the scientific, historical and cultural perspectives of race. The exhibit, that will engage students, families and businesses, will strip race of myth and misinformation while fostering and informed, often avoided, dialogue about race.

“We work with donors to support strong organizations that provide meaningful services in our community,” explained Sam Bressi, President  & CEO of the Community Foundation.  “These projects have a visible impact in our daily lives and help to increase the quality of life for county residents.”

Trained community volunteers and Foundation staff work collaboratively to review applications and recommend funding for local community benefit organizations.  The Community Foundation Board of Directors approves final grant investments.

 

Community investment through second-cycle grant awards for 2013:

Ada Harr Fund:

  • SouthEast Lancaster Health Services, $34,800
    A new Community Health Worker will add a culturally-competent and cost-effective health educator, care provider and patient advocate to help serve diabetic and hypertensive patients.

 

Kenney Fund & K.L. Shirk Memorial Fund:

  • YWCA Lancaster, $15,000

In partnership with the North Museum of Natural History & Science, the YWCA will bring the interactive exhibit “RACE: Are we so Different” to Lancaster County.  The exhibit, that will engage students, families and businesses, will strip race of myth and misinformation while fostering and informed, often avoided, dialogue about race.

 

Ressler Fund:

  • Lancaster Farmland Trust, $17,400

The Trust will expand its successful Smart Farms program by working with Amish farm families in Eastern Lancaster County to implement sustainable farming practices while maintaining their economic viability.  Special emphasis will be helping farmers convert from traditional methods to organic production.

  • American Red Cross of the Susquehanna Valley, $11,300

To help address the needs of working parents and children often home alone, the Red Cross of the Susquehanna Valley will be able to offer a series of interactive preparedness “stations,” to educate 5th graders about how to stay safe and connected during different types of disasters.

 

Sam and Verda Taylor – Performing Arts

  • Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, $18,800

The symphony will bring Sound Discovery to underserved school children across Lancaster County and provide essential opportunities for students to experience and create music.

  • Millersville University, $12,700

Children & Youth Performing Arts Initiative will offer a multi-faceted program, unique to Lancaster, providing exceptional diversified arts and arts-learning experience to young people.

 

Lancaster Environmental Fund:

  • Lancaster Farmland Trust, $35,840

The Trust will implement the third and final phase of an effort to reach 100,000 acres of farmland preserved in the county by the end of 2013.  The achievement will be a national and unprecedented milestone.

 

Florence Starr Taylor Fund for the Visual Arts & Lancaster Arts & Culture Fund:

  • Lancaster Creative Factory, $10,000

Funds will help expand the successful Community Art Program which empowers individuals in need to experience hands on art workshops that help enhance life skills, self-esteem and the opportunity to experience creative thinking through the visual arts.

  • Millersville University, $5,000

Expansion of the dynamic Rumschpringe International Short Film Festival that opens Lancaster County residents to diverse ideas, identities, aesthetics and cultures and establishes the area as a major destination for international filmmakers.

 

Capacity Building Fund:

  • LancasterHistory.org, $10,000

LancasterHistory will develop a comprehensive preservation plan for President Buchanan’s Wheatland.

  • Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership, $10,000

Will support development of the Lancaster Housing Investment Fund & Trust that will act as a revolving loan fund used for affordable housing programs throughout Lancaster County.

  • Milagro House, $10,000

Milagro House will create a comprehensive development plan and partner with the community to transfer properties that will support the county-wide plan to end homelessness. 

  • Tabor Community Services, $10,000

Enhancing software and reporting capabilities will increase Tabor’s capacity to deliver programs and serve clients.  

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