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Community Foundation Seeks to Increase Awareness for Mental and Behavioral Health with Video Contest

Allentown, Pa., February 7, 2017—The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation (LVCF) is conducting a video contest as part of its 50th Anniversary Spark Grant application process. Five finalists were selected from dozens of applications seeking funding for mental and behavioral health initiatives. Each organization has produced a “home-grown” one-minute video that describes their organization, the project, and brings attention to the issue of mental and behavioral health. 

The videos are being shared on social media to increase awareness of the issues and the community is encouraged to vote for their favorites.LVCF’s website and on its Facebook page. The organizations are competing for $50,000 in Spark Grant funding to address the issue. The winner(s) will be announced on February 28.

“The organizations are encouraged to mobilize their constituents and the community to visit the contest page, view the videos and vote,” said Michael Wilson, director of communications at LVCF.  “The video contest phase was implemented as a way to raise awareness around the issue and the highlight the good work organizations in the Lehigh Valley are doing for those suffering from mental and behavioral health issues.”

The video contest is just one part of the evaluation process to determine which program will receive funding.  “After a thorough review by the Spark Grant Evaluation team, five finalists were selected to participate in the second phase of the application process,” said Bernie Story, president and CEO. “At the conclusion of the video contest, the Spark Team will reconvene to discuss the proposals and video results and make a final decision that we will announce at the end of the month.”

The voting period opened February 6 and runs until Friday, February 17. The five finalists are:

• Communities in Schools Lehigh Valley | Student Voices

• Treatment Trends, Inc. | Rally in the Valley: Caring Across Communities

• WLVT-TV Channel 39 | Close to Home: Depression

• Equi-librium | A New Path Forward

• Haven House | Support Group for Family & Friends of Incarcerated or Released Prisoners with Mental Illness

More than 12,000 Total Votes... Wow!

Congratulations to:

  • WLVT-TV PBS39: $25,000 for the Lehigh Valley Public Telecommunications Corp.'s production of "Close to Home: Depression."
  • Haven House: $10,000 to aid The Support Group for Family & Friends of Incarcerated or Released Prisoners with Mental Illness.
  • Equi-librium: $7,500 to launch A New Path, therapy program in the form of time spent with horses.
  • Communities In Schools Lehigh Valley: $5,000 for an initiative to raise awareness of suicide prevention, healthy relationships and eliminating drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Treatment Trends, Inc.: $2,500 for Rally in the Valley: Caring Across Communities at Cedar Crest College.

Learn more about Mental & Behavioral Health by viewing the stats below, and viewing the five finalist videos for LVCF Spark Grants.


To celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2017, the Community Foundation will issue grants totaling $300,000 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)

• Cultural Enrichment (April 2017)

• Food & Housing Access (May 2017)

• Environment & Sustainability (July 2017)

• Human Trafficking (September 2017)

• Veterans Affairs (November 2017)

For more information and/or to apply for a Spark Grant - Click here