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Community Foundation to Accept Grant Applications that Address Human Trafficking

Allentown, Pa., March 28, 2017—The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation (LVCF) will begin accepting applications on Monday, April 3 for programs that address human trafficking as part of its 50th Anniversary year of grantmaking themed “Be the Spark.”

Human Trakkicking - LVCFNon-profit 501(c)3 organizations with programs serving Lehigh or Northampton Counties are invited to apply. These grants invite community members to be the spark—a spark of awareness, a spark of change, a spark of connection.

Human trafficking is modern day slavery and this crime is happening across the United State, and in Pennsylvania including the Lehigh Valley. Traffickers use force, fraud and coercion to manipulate victims into engaging in commercial sex acts, or labor or services, in exchange for something of monetary value.

The online grant application will go live on April 3rd on the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation webpage.  Applicants will have until the end of the April to complete the application.

After a thorough review by the Spark Grant Evaluation team, five finalists will be selected to participate in the second phase of the application process. The second phase requires the production of a one-minute video that promotes the program and/or organization.  The video will be shared on social media to increase awareness of the issues and the community will be encouraged to vote for their favorites.

For guidance with the application process, participants should visit the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation webpage: Spark Grants – Human Trafficking. For technical assistance contact Janis Strohl, Accounting and Operations Assistant, at (610) 351-53-53, ext. 16 or email janis@lvcfoundation.orgThe Community Foundation will issue grants totaling $300,000 during 2017 in support of six major issues affecting the Lehigh Valley.  The celebration will include grants awarded in the specified months below:

  • Mental & Behavioral Health (February 2017) - Application closed
  • Cultural Enrichment (April 2017) - Application closed
  • Food & Housing Access (May 2017) – Application closed
  • Environment & Sustainability (July 2017) - Application closed
  • Human Trafficking (September 2017) - Application opens April 3, 2017
  • Veterans Affairs (November 2017) - Application opens June 1, 2017

For more information and/or to apply for a Spark Grant visit:

About the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation

For nearly five decades, the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation has helped donors with their charitable contributions with a simple, powerful, and highly personalized approach. LVCF is a philanthropic hub for the Lehigh Valley—who know and navigate the landscape of the Lehigh Valley’s community needs to connect people who care to causes that matter.

With a diverse and respected Board of Governors, the Community Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization located in Allentown, Pennsylvania.  The Foundation is cause-neutral and supports all areas of community needs in in the Lehigh Valley and beyond in compliance with the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations. To learn more, visit: