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Area of Interest Grants FAQ

Q:  What are LVCF’s Area of Interest grants and how does the Foundation award them?

A:  The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation’s area of interest funds are established by a donor who has a broad focus for their giving – either a geographic area or a general area such as the arts.  Grants from the area of interest funds are awarded once a year and include:

The Richard E. Gasser Fund
The Margaret Haas-Rotunno Memorial Fund for Local No Kill Shelters
The Lehigh River Fund
The Erwin J. and Gertrude K. Neusch Fund
The Outdoor Recreation Fund
The Robert D. and Gwendolyn-Jane Romeril Campership Fund
The William C. Rybak Fund for Citizens with Disabilities
The Gene & Joan Witiak Fund

Q:  What is the Greater Bethlehem Area?

A:  The William C. Rybak Fund for Persons with Disabilities has a geographic focus of the Greater Bethlehem Area.

For LVCF’s purposes, the Greater Bethlehem Area is defined as the City of Bethlehem, Fountain Hill, Bethlehem Township, Lower Saucon Township, Freemansburg, Hellertown, and Hanover Township in Northampton County.

Q:  Are there limits on how much an organization can request?

A:   The limits an organization can request differ.  Typically, Area of Interest grants are much smaller in both quantity and dollar amount than say, the Community Partnership grants. 

Amounts available from each grant will be available on August 15, 2015.

Q: Are there restrictions on the use of Area of Interest grants?

A:  Area of Interest grants cannot be used for:

  • Scholarship grants for K-12, secondary or higher education.
  • Individuals

Please see the specific requirements from each of the grant opportunities as far as related programs and specific geographic locations.

Q:  The instructions require a copy of a Certificate of Registration from the PA Bureau of Charitable Organizations.  What is this?

A:   Any charity that solicits contributions within the State of Pennsylvania is required to register with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations unless exempt from the registration requirements.  LVCF will only consider applications submitted by organizations that comply with the filing requirements. 

Q:  Can I request a grant for a completed program?

A:   Any application for a grant from the Foundation should be written for a current program and not a program that is completed or will be completed by the time the grant is determined.  Please see schedule of grants below.

Q:  When will an organization know if it will receive a grant?

A:   Applicants will be notified of the result of the process in March.  Other key dates for the Area of Interest grants process are:

August 1                                  Grant application made available

December 1                             Deadline for submitting application

March                                      Grants checks are presented

Q:  What is required of an organization that receives an Area of Interest grant?

A:  An organization that receives an Area of Interest grant must:

  • Announce the grant on the organization’s website and social media and include a link to the LVCF website.  Also, adequately and appropriately publicize the grant through other means
  • Complete the project within one year of the date of the award letter and return any unused funds to LVCF.
  • Use the grant for the program or purpose for which it is granted.


If you have specific questions concerning the application, please contact Janis Strohl, Accounting and Operations Assistant, at (610) 351-53-53, ext. 16 or email