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Lehigh Valley Community Foundation Awards $230,000 in 2016-17 Community Partnership Grants

Announcement Makes Holiday's Brighter for Area Non-Profits

Allentown, Pa., December 22, 2016—The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation (LVCF) is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2016-2017 Community Partnership grants.  This year’s grants total $230,000, given to 29 non-profit organizations serving Lehigh and Northampton Counties.  The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation annually awards both One-Time Community Grants and Multi-Year Impact Grants from its Community Partnership Fund for discretionary grantmaking.  Grants are reviewed on a competitive basis and approved by the Foundation’s Board of Governors.

The Community Partnership grants were awarded, this cycle, in three of the Foundation’s six areas of grantmaking: Health Care, Human Services and Community Development. 

The twenty recipients of this year’s One-Time Community Grants, each for $5,000, include:

  • Allentown Area Ecumenical Food Bank - Feed the Hungry of the Lehigh Valley
  • Boys & Girls Club of Allentown - Make Your M.A.R.K. at BGCA's Teen Center
  • Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley - Bridging the College Admissions Gap
  • Community Bike Works - Bike Mentoring: Earn a Bike & Jr Earn a Bike
  • Easter Seals Eastern Pennsylvania -  Make the First Five Count (MTFFC)
  • Easton Area Community Center - DaVinci Science Center @ EACC
  • Family Connection of Easton - Kindergarten Connection
  • Fund to Benefit Children & Youth, Inc. - Family Needs
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania - The Funded Initiatives Program
  • Lehigh Conference of Churches - Daybreak Drop-In Center
  • Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living (LVCIL) - PLACE
  • Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council - LVMAC Homeless Veterans Programs
  • Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County - Subsidize meals for low-income clients
  • Meals on Wheels of Northampton County - The Meal Subsidy Program
  • Minsi Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America - Campership Program
  • New Bethany Ministries - New Choice Food Pantry
  • ProJeCt of Easton, Inc. - Easton Area Middle School Student Success Program
  • The Carl and Emily Weller Center for Health Education - Substance Abuse Prevention
  • Third Street Alliance for Women & Children -  Educational Stability for Homeless Children
  • Valley Youth House Committee, Inc. - Camp Fowler Adventures in Leadership

Also included in this year’s Community Partnership Grants were grants awarded to organizations for multi-year collaborative projects targeted to address specific community issues. LVCF awarded $100,000 in renewed funding to seven existing programs and $30,000 to two new multi-year grant programs. 

The following eight organizations were renewed for funding:

  • Community Action Development Corporation, strategic marketing support to entrepreneurs program (year two) $20,000
  • Da Vinci Science Center - STEM mentorship program (year three) - $20,000
  • Lehigh Carbon Community College Foundation - V-SERF emergency fund for veterans (year two) -$10,000
  • Lehigh Gap Nature Center - Conservation landscaping - $20,000
  • Lehigh Valley Leader in Me Fund of LVCF - supports program in individual Lehigh Valley elementary schools to implement the program - $10,000
  • Lehigh Valley Synergy Fund of LVCF- implemented in partnership with the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, the fund supports non-profits engaging in various levels of collaboration (year two) - $10,000
  • State Theatre of Easton – supports the production of the Freddy Awards (year four) - $10,000

Two new targeted, multi-year grants were awarded for 2016-17. 

  • The Housing Association and Development Corporation was awarded $20,000 for their YouthBuild program, an education and job-training program based on a time-tested national model now operating in 260 communities in the U.S. and 21 other countries.  Aimed at high school dropouts between the ages of 16 and 24, the program provides an opportunity for participants to receive a GED and professional trade certifications, leadership development, career preparation and opportunities for community service.
  • Another new multi-year grant recipient is VAST - Valley Against Sex Trafficking which was awarded $10,000 for community education, demand abolition and WINGS program. The initiatives are derived from VAST’s philosophy of awareness, action and aftercare in all anti-trafficking work which produces measurable outcomes.

For more information about the Community Partnership Fund or other grant opportunities at the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, please contact Bernie Story, President and CEO, at (610) 351-5353.

The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation (LVCF) will celebrate its 50th Anniversary next year, by doing what it does best… making grants to community organizations that work to improve the lives of those in the Lehigh Valley. The year of grantmaking is themed “Be the Spark.” The Community Foundation announced it will issue additional grants totaling $300,000 during 2017 in support of six major issues affecting the Lehigh Valley. Learn more at

(Below) LVCF's Bernie Story presents a Community Partnership Grant to VAST (Valley Against Sex Trafficking) board chair Amy Daws and Christi Dominguez, executive director, during VAST's recent A Night of Freedom event. VAST was awarded $10,000 this year for community education, demand abolition and WINGS program. The initiatives are derived from VAST’s philosophy of awareness, action and aftercare in all anti-trafficking work.