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Igniting Change Fund

The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2017 by doing what it does best: grantmaking.  The theme of the special anniversary year was Be the Spark!  Be a spark of awareness, a spark of connection, and a spark of change. 

The 2018-2019 Igniting Change Fund will provide a NEW series of Community Foundation grants to harness the momentum of the Be the Spark! campaign and provide additional resources to expand on the important work we began during the 2017-2018 campaign.

Project Information:

Following the Be the Spark! Campaign, Dr. Christopher Borick of Muhlenberg College’s Institute of Public Opinion authored the Lötter Reflections Paper, which identified the keys issues and needs affecting the Lehigh Valley within the six areas of focus of the Be the Spark! Campaign. Based on the findings of this research paper, LVCF’s Igniting Change Fund grants will fund organizations that provide access to services for vulnerable populations in the following areas:

  • Mental & Behavioral Health
  • Cultural Enrichment
  •  Food & Housing Access
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Human Trafficking
  • Veterans Affairs

Please note the following preferences for the Igniting Change Fund project submissions:

> Preference will be given to organizations that use a comprehensive approach in delivery of services. For example, preference will be given to organizations that assess a food-insecure family for additional needs beyond their dietary needs, and either provide services directly or use referrals to meet additional needs for the family.

> Grant awards will support general operating costs; therefore, preference will be given to organizations that have a central focus on making an impact in the six identified Igniting Change Fund focus areas.

> Igniting Change Fund’s focus will support the delivery of services for providing access for vulnerable populations in the six areas identified, rather than advocacy or awareness projects.

Grant Award Amount:

Award amounts will range from $5,000 to $10,000. Grant awards will support general operating; therefore, preference will be given to organizations that have a mission focused on making an impact in the six identified Igniting Change Fund focus areas. Please see additional preferences for grant project submissions in the project information section.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a publicly supported organization with 501(c)(3) exempt status
  • Must be a nonprofit organization that provides services from a physical address located in Northampton or Lehigh counties.

Grants cannot be used for:

  • Educational scholarships for pre-K, primary, secondary or post-secondary education.
  • Individuals

Application Instructions:

Please apply through Lehigh Valley Community Foundation’s online portal system, which you can access here. The Round 1 applications will be available beginning September 4, 2018. The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation will review all Round 1 applications and invite a limited number of organizations to submit a Round 2 application for the grant opportunity. 

Timeline:

September 4, 2018: Igniting Change Fund Round 1 application available online for submission

October 5, 2018 - midnight: Igniting Change Fund Round 1 Application Deadline

Mid-October 2018: Limited organizations invited to submit Round 2 application for the Igniting Change Fund

February 2019: Notifications of Awards  

March 2019 – March 2020: Igniting Change Fund Grant Cycle

Questions about the application process or grant opportunity should be directed to Megan Briggs, Director of Community Investments, at meganb@lvcfoundation.org.


ASK MEGAN | Learn more about the Igniting Change Fund at LVCF

Megan Briggs, Director of Community Investments, Lehigh Valley Community FoundationMegan Briggs
Director of Community Investments
Lehigh Valley Community Foundation
840. W. Hamilton Street, Suite 310
Allentown, PA 18101
610 351-5353, ext. 11 | meganb@lvcfoundation.org