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Community Foundation to Ignite Change with New Grantmaking Fund

Allentown Pa., August 27, 2018—Nonprofit organizations across the Lehigh Valley can begin applying for grants from the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation’s (LVCF) Igniting Change Fund beginning Tuesday, September 4.  The Fund will provide a series of grants to harness the momentum of the Foundation’s  Be the Spark! campaign and support the findings of its Lötter Reflections Paper, by providing additional resources to expand on the important work LVCF began supporting during the 2017-18 campaign.

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

“Preference will be given to organizations that use a comprehensive approach in the delivery of services,” said Megan Briggs, LVCF Director of Community Investments.  “Grant awards ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 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.”

The Igniting Change Fund is part of LVCF’s three-pronged approach in meeting the needs of the nonprofit community of the Lehigh Valley that also includes the Community Assistance Fund and the Nonprofit Effectiveness Pilot (application period closed for 2018-19).

“The Community Assistance Fund is an investment in the now by quickly responding to emergency needs and gaps in funding so nonprofits can continue their work today,” Briggs continued. “The Community Assistance Fund is invitation only, after an organization has set up a time to meet with the Community Foundation regarding their specific need. Organizations are able to request a time to meet on a rolling basis.”

For more information on LVCF’s Foundation-directed grants, visit the LVCF website at: http://www.lehighvalleyfoundation.org/grants/overview. Questions about the application process or grant opportunity should be directed to Megan Briggs, Director of Community Investments, at meganb@lvcfoundation.org.