The Foundation for Enhancing Communities’ Together We Take Action grant catalog provides a connection between TFEC, local nonprofit organizations, and donors so we can take action – together!

Each participating nonprofit has been fully vetted and reviewed by an independent committee and received partial funding for their grant request. Donate to assist these organizations in reaching full funding for their projects to support their mission. Read about each participating nonprofit’s request and how much was funded. Then select the nonprofit you would like to donate to by clicking donate under their information.

Grant Requests

Harold Greaney Charitable Trust Fund Opportunity

New Hope Ministries, Inc.
New Hope Ministries' Enola Center will use grant funds to provide basic needs assistance for Perry County guests, including rent/mortgage, heating/utility, and transportation expenses for low-income neighbors in need.
New Hope Ministries serves as a community-based resource, providing a welcoming place where the individuals and families from the Marysville community we serve through our Enola Center can find support, access resources, learn new skills, feel a sense of belonging, and work to develop qualities needed for a successful life. New Hope works to make sure no one goes hungry through its food pantries by providing assistance with healthy, nutritious food. We promote housing security and improved quality of life by helping low-income qualified households receive assistance with rent, utilities, transportation and other needs. We provide pathways out of poverty by equipping low-income qualified residents with the skills needed for employment to sustain their households, connect people with jobs and apprenticeship programs, and provide support to help obtain and maintain employment. Our strategy is to meet basic needs and support the pathway to self-sufficiency by equipping those receiving food and other basic needs with the tools needed to increase household income. Next, we work closely with able-bodied adults to find living-wage jobs that are in-demand. If specific training is needed to help our guests have a leg-up and get ahead, we will walk through the application process and requirements of our various self-sufficiency activities. Grant funds will be used to support our Perry County guests through the work of our Enola Center by providing basic needs assistance with rent or mortgage assistance, heating and utility assistance, and transportation assistance. Your grant will specifically support low-income Perry County guests facing economic hardships and unforeseen challenges.
Requested
2,500.00
Funded
2,000.00
 
The Perry Historians
Digitize Historical Perry County Newspapers-
The Perry Historians is in possession of many historical Perry County newspapers in their original physical form. These newspapers, approximately 500 pages from the late 1800s and the early 1900s, are a valuable resource to historians, genealogists, and researchers. As the physical paper ages it deteriorates and is no longer readable or usable. Our plan is to digitize the newspapers that are not available anywhere else, including Newspapers.com and other on-line resources. Potential newspapers to be scanned include The Perry County Times, The Duncannon Record, The Newport News, The News, Newport Standard, The Perry County Democrat, and various others. If these newspapers are not digitized in the near future, valuable information of the past will be lost forever to present and future generations of researchers. No other historical preservation entity in Perry County has an interest in preserving these newspapers. The Perry Historians organization is the keeper of genealogical and historical documents for Perry County.
Requested
2,500.00
Funded
2,000.00
 
United Cerebral Palsy of Central Pennsylvania, Inc
The grant allows UCP to educate our participants on the importance of physical fitness. One of the seven dimensions of wellness. As fitness habits improve, the participants will begin to realize the benefits to their overall well-being.
The grant funds will be used to acquire a range of equipment and tracking tools which include12 fitness tracker watches, 12 dry erase whiteboard fitness tracker, 2 Heath Seniors physical therapy putty kits, fitness bands, digital scale, hand grip stress relief balls, and a Hula Ring Hoop. The adults in our program that are identified with IDD/A (an Intellectual or Developmental Disability and/or Autism will be educated on the benefits of walking and exercise not only to lose weight but improve their overall health and well-being. Using the fitness bands will help to provide added benefits such as increasing balance and flexibility that would not be a readily achieved through walking alone. The tracking tools will help to record the results and keep the participants engaged improving the likelihood for sustaining participation beyond the initial implementation of the grant.
Requested
581.00
Funded
500.00
 

Perry County Community Foundation Opportunity

Friends of Clarks Ferry Tavern
Clarks Ferry Tavern Reconstruction
The mission of the Friends of Clarks Ferry Tavern is to restore Perry County's 1789 Clarks Ferry Tavern as a Welcome and Interpretative Center. This renovation will encourage heritage, recreational and cultural tourism, thus providing educational opportunities and economic stimulus to the Juniata and Susquehanna River Valleys. The Friends of Clarks Ferry Tavern (FCFT) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2019 to restore the Clarks Ferry Tavern building and create a Welcome and Interpretive Center that will tell the story of the people who lived in this region. Clarks Ferry Tavern, located at the nexus of the Juniata and Susquehanna Rivers in Duncannon, Pennsylvania, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Clarks Ferry Tavern was a place of respite for travelers heading west into the American frontier. Steeped in history, the Tavern also served as a stagecoach stop, an inn, the town's post office, and a Civil War recruiting office. After serving as a family dwelling and having been abandoned since 2000, the Tavern needs restoration. The FCFT is dedicated to restoring the Tavern to serve the two river valleys as an Interpretative Center that will tell the stories of all people who lived in and passed through this region. By creating space for seminars, multimedia learning experiences, interactive exhibits, archaeological displays and meaningful interpretive narratives, the FCFT will foster opportunities for understanding and connections across multiple generations and cultures. The Tavern's Interpretative Center will be a cornerstone of the region for learning and reflection. The restored Tavern will also serve as a Welcome Center to encourage visitation to the many cultural and recreational opportunities of the Juniata and Susquehanna River Valleys. The Clarks Ferry Tavern would again be the Grand Central Station, not for pioneers and settlers, but for tourists, hikers, and students to experience more of Central Pennsylvania's scenic and cultural opportunities.
Requested
2,500.00
Funded
2,000.00
 
Harrisburg Symphony Association
Funding needed for The Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra Concerts and Educational Outreach
Each summer the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra (HSO) presents a series of four free outdoor concerts around the Central PA region. Each concert will serve the people in that area, for instance, the concert in Millerstown will serve the people of Perry County and is always very well attended. Grant funds received will be used to help offset expenses of the Millerstown concert.
Requested
3,500.00
Funded
1,085.00
 
Junior Achievement of South Central PA
JASCPA programs teach students in Perry County the invaluable skill of managing money, equipping them with the knowledge they need to achieve financial security as adults and empowering the next generation to take control of their financial futures.
Junior Achievement's mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed. The inspiration piece comes from community volunteers who not only deliver our lessons but share their experiences. In the process, these volunteers serve as role models helping to positively impact young people's perceptions about the importance of education, as well as critical life skills. Preparation involves our proven lessons that promote financial capability, work and career readiness, and business ownership.
Requested
3,500.00
Funded
2,625.00
 
Rye Township Community Association
The RTCA is requesting a grant to complete their Park Rejuvenation Project at the Rye Community Park which contains a playground, pavilion, and other items. The project is to purchase items and materials to maintain the park and the items thereon.
This Park Rejuvenation Project is to improve and provide needed maintenance to the park property. The Rye Community Park is the only park, playground, and ballfield in Rye Township, Perry County. Rye Township is a small second-class township located in southeastern Perry County just west of Marysville Borough. The township has approximately 2,200 residents per the latest census. This is the only park, playground and ballfield within Rye Township, the loss of this park would be devastating to township residents.
Requested
6,000.00
Funded
2,646.00
 

The Children's Home Foundation Fund Opportunity

Boys & Girls Club of Harrisburg
The Industrial Arts Program-Pinewood Derby event partners Club members with mentors to build a custom Pinewood Derby Race Car for entry into a racing contest. The objectives are to enhance academic and artistic skills, ad develop mentorships.
The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Harrisburg (BGC) is to serve as a neighborhood-based organization committed to serving youth of all backgrounds in developing self-esteem, character, and to help them become responsible citizens by providing physical, recreational, social, educational, and vocational programs. The BGC offers daily access to a broad range of programs in the five Core Program Areas of: Education and Career Development; Character and Leadership; Health and Life Skills; The Arts, and Sports, Fitness and Recreation. The Boys & Girls Club of Harrisburg annual Industrial Arts Program-Pinewood Derby begins with an official Pinewood Derby Race Car kit; from that kit children create a design, carve it from the wood block provided in the kit, and detail it with paint, decals and other accessories. After completion they perfect strategies to compete in the Club's own Pinewood Derby. It is a wonderful learning experience centered on teamwork, ingenuity and sportsmanship – all for the thrill of the race and a lifetime of great memories to share with fellow racers young and old.
Requested
5,292.00
Funded
1,500.00
 
Childrens Home Of York
Children's Home of York - BRIDGES Partial Hospitalization Program
BRIDGES is Psychiatric Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) providing stabilization and treatment for children and adolescents who are experiencing severe psychiatric symptoms and emotional disturbance. The Program operates year-round and consists of highly-structured therapy and offers scholastic education in cooperation with the licensed staff of the Lincoln Intermediate Unit No. 12. BRIDGES PHP uses the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Health Choices Behavioral Health Services Guidelines for Mental Health Medical Necessity Criteria to determine appropriateness of referrals and admissions.
Requested
6,000.00
Funded
2,000.00
 
Dauphin County CASA
Dauphin County CASA recruits, trains and supervises volunteers assigned by the Court to one foster child or siblings to listen, monitor, investigate, and recommend necessary services and placement in the best interest of the child so they can thrive.
Our target audience is the over 350 children from Dauphin County currently in the foster/kinship or congregate care system. It is our mission to ensure these children do not fall through the "cracks" in a very stressed system in which there are not enough foster parents, caseworkers, and providers to meet the needs of these children who have been abused, neglected and generally traumatized from the act of removal, albeit for their safety, from their biological parent/s or guardian. It is imperative that these children have courageous advocacy to allow them to thrive. It is also important that they have one constant and consistent advocate with them through their experience in foster care. It can be for a relatively short time if the reason for removal can be remedied, and they can reunite with their parent/s. The parents have at least 15 months to correct the issues outlined on a service plan. The CASA volunteer is trained to recognize the significance of the family bond and monitor closely that services are being ordered for counseling, visits with siblings and parents, transportation to allow contact, and much more.
Requested
6,000.00
Funded
3,025.00
 
Evolve Youth Trades Academy
SCHOOL TO WORK THROUGH TRADES
MISSION: To Create a State of the Art Pre-apprenticeship Program Promoting the Evolution and Empowerment of Youth for Impactful Careers. We have been and continue to address a critical need of preparing the workforce, therefore interrupting workforce shortages which was just recently communicated as a priority by Governor Shapiro in March (2023). Invested in reaching marginalized youth, with expanded efforts in raising awareness of opportunities in the Trades with women, we are poised to have an impact in addressing the disparities noted in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (L&I Overview) specifically: The expansion of a diverse pipeline of underserved Pre-apprentices in the building and constructions trades from non-traditional populations with particular focus on people of color, socio-economic disadvantaged individuals and women.
Requested
6,000.00
Funded
2,000.00
 
New Hope Ministries, Inc.
Providing nutritional support to children in need
Our vision for the children and young adults who participate in our youth programs is to empower them to be healthy, safe, educated, and develop positive personal qualities. We firmly believe that having enough food to eat is crucial for a child's success in life. Therefore, through our Backpack Program, we are committed to ensuring that the children in the school districts we serve have access to enough food to eat during weekends when free or reduced lunch is not available. Grant funds will be used to purchase food to ensure that students in need have enough food to eat. We wholeheartedly believe in the positive impact of our Backpack Program and are dedicated to serving our local community and empowering its future generation.
Requested
6,000.00
Funded
2,000.00
 
YWCA Carlisle & Cumberland County
Crisis Services for Child Survivors of Sexual Assault, Rape, and Human Trafficking
YWCACCC provides comprehensive sexual assault, rape, & human trafficking crisis services for Cumberland County. Last year, nearly 60% of our client survivors were children 17 or younger. Services are available 24/7 through the Crisis Hotline.
Requested
6,000.00
Funded
4,000.00
 

The Kids Trust Fund Opportunity

Carlisle CARES
The Supportive Services, Program, and Workshop Curriculum for Community CARES Family Shelter strives to create an annual offering of supportive services to address the wellbeing of children and families by hosting agencies to host services on-site.
The Supportive Services, Program, and Workshop Curriculum for Community CARES Family Shelter strives to create an annual offering of supportive services to address the wellbeing of children and families by hosting agencies to host services on-site. Grant funds will be used to purchase meals/snacks to offset partner program costs, provide transportation/childcare expenses if needed, program materials for agencies, staffing, printing, and to purchase laptops and noise machines.
Requested
15,000.00
Funded
5,000.00
 
Hoffman Homes, Inc.
Our project provides a van to safely transport residential youth to therapeutic activities such as family visits, medical appointments, chaperoned social and recreational outings, court dates, and more; each activity is critical to their healing.
Grant funds will be used to purchase an 8-person capacity van for the therapeutic needs of youth residing at Hoffman Homes (HH). In late 2023, Hoffman was awarded a grant from MileOneCares. Grant funds are equivalent to one-half the cost of a new 8-person van, approximately $25,000. We hope to raise $25,000 in matching funds by June 2024, allowing time to work with a MileOne dealership or separate entity to find a vehicle that meets our needs and is applicable to the grant program. We project purchasing a van between July 1 and September 30, 2024. Upon inspection, processing, and paperwork, we hope that the vehicle will be at Hoffman Homes and in use by late 2024.
Requested
15,000.00
Funded
10,000.00
 
Randi's House of Angels
A Middle School Life Skills Curriculum for Adolescents/Teens ages 10-13 including: anger management, dropout prevention strategies, life skills; good communication, and making good choices.
Grant funds will be used for the development of a middle school life skills curriculum that will be provided to adolescents/teens ages 10-13. The curriculum will cover a variety of topics, ranging from anger management; dropout prevention strategies; provide teens with the relevant information and skills necessary to avoid harm in real life situations; and making good choices. More importantly the curriculum will provide the necessary tools for at-risk youth to improve communication, interpersonal skills, stress management and other skills necessary to grow into thriving young adults.
Requested
6,436.00
Funded
5,500.00
 
Summer Program for Youth
SPY offers free year-round academic and social emotional enrichment experiences for underprivileged and at-risk elementary-aged children in the Carlisle area.
Summer Program for Youth, now doing business as Supportive Partnerships for Youth and often referred to as SPY, is an organization dedicated to empowering underprivileged elementary-aged children in the Carlisle Area. Our mission is to help at-risk children learn and grow academically, socially, and emotionally. By offering free enrichment programming specifically to economically disadvantaged students, our goal is to ensure more equitable access to experiences and relationships that enrich a child’s life, enhance their academic performance, and give every child an opportunity to thrive. We have a vision of one day living in a community where all children are afforded equitable access to the future of their dreams.
Requested
15,000.00
Funded
5,000.00
 
S.W.A.N - Scaling Walls A Note At A Time
SWAN After School and Summer Camp Programs
SWAN serves some of Lancaster's most traumatized children, those affected by parental incarceration. In Lancaster County, on any given day about 4,600 children have a parent in prison. The majority of our students are Hispanic, Black and fatherless. Many are raised by grandparents, although less than 25% have supportive, involved guardians. SWAN's vision is to expand our hours of service beyond the after-school hours and become the first music/mental health school of its kind in the nation specifically for children affected by parental incarceration. We plan on implementing our program within the School District of Lancaster where we have been serving for 11 years and ultimately scale the model for school districts across the nation. As a part of this collaboration, the School District of Lancaster has signed a three-year contract with SWAN and will provide musical instruments, classrooms and transportation for students for the music school and music summer camp. We anticipate enrolling thirty-five students in the music school which will be open from 3:30 pm to 9:00 pm at night and in a six-week summer camp. Students will be transported to the school via the School District of Lancaster for music lessons, group therapy, music therapy and individual therapy sessions as needed. Funding for this new model will allow us to fully meet the needs of our students by collaborating with Mental Health Counselors to add trauma management and music therapy classes to our program, and to put a mental health research team in place study our model. As the study's results underscore its effectiveness, SWAN will publish the study and scale this as a unique and effective trauma-informed mental health model and music school.
Requested
15,000.00
Funded
10,000.00
 
UPMC Pinnacle Hospitals
The grant will support the purchase of items to create Coping Kits for each patient of the UPMC Child Advocacy Center (CAC). Coping Kits will encourage therapeutic coping strategies to support children coping with stress and anxiety from trauma.
Currently, each child patient receives a soft stuffed animal or blanket following their appointment to take home as a comfort-item. The goal of this grant is to provide additional support items, called Coping Kits for each patient of the CAC. Coping Kits will encourage therapeutic coping strategies to support children coping with stress and anxiety from trauma. Grant funds will be used to purchase items that the children can use on a day-to-day basis to implement various coping strategies and grounding techniques. Examples of items to be purchased and their purposes include: Journal – Writing and journaling have been shown to be a highly therapeutic practice, particularly for older children and teenagers. Children can use this journal to jot down thoughts and experiences, vent frustrations, and work through confusion, feelings, and emotions.
Requested
15,000.00
Funded
5,000.00
 
YWCA Greater Harrisburg
The YWCA Greater Harrisburg's Trauma Informed Support Services project provides identification of and support services for homeless children who have experienced or are experiencing trauma and/or violence in their families or communities.
Grants funds will be used to enhance trauma services for children through the YWCA’s Housing and Homeless Department (HHS). The goal of this project is to increase the knowledge and skills of staff to address child trauma, promote early intervention for children through trauma and developmental screenings at intake, and provide therapeutic, recreational, and/or fun activities and support groups for children.
Requested
15,000.00
Funded
10,000.00