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Lehigh Valley Community Foundation Awards $250,000 in Community Partnership Grants for 2017-18

Allentown, Pa., December 21, 2017—The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation (LVCF) is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2017-18 Community Partnership Grants. This year’s grants totaling $250,000 are going to 29 nonprofit organizations serving Lehigh and Northampton Counties.

The Community Partnership Grants are part of the Foundation’s overall grantmaking that totaled $5.6 million for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017. The LVCF annually awards both One-Time Community Partnership 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 Community Investments Committee and the Board of Governors.

 “The Community Foundation is pleased to partner with these organizations that are making a difference in the Lehigh Valley,” said Bernie Story, president and CEO of LVCF.  “We are encouraged by the good work our multi-year impact grants are generating and excited to support two new programs this year, one addressing the opioid crisis, and the other focused on economic development in Easton.”

The One-Time Community Partnership Grants were awarded, this cycle, in three of the Foundation’s six areas of grantmaking: Arts, Culture, and Heritage; Education; and Environment.

The twenty recipients [and their programs] of $5,000 each of this year’s one-time grants are:

  • Allentown Symphony Association - El Sistema Lehigh Valley (ESLV)
  • Bach Choir of Bethlehem - Educational Outreach 2017-18
  • Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley - Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Scholarship
  • Bethlehem Area Education Foundation - Farm to School Program at Broughal Middle School
  • Center for Animal Health and Welfare - Spay/Neuter of Community Dogs for Low Income Residents
  • Civic Theatre of Allentown - Civic Theatre's Arts and Literacy Program and Mainstage Student Matinees
  • Community Music School - Music Therapy outreach for students at the Mercy School for Special Learning
  • Community Services for Children - Innovative Tech Lab Enhancing Early Literacy Among High-Risk Preschoolers
  • Dieruff High School Rowing Club - Dieruff High School Rowing Club
  • Easton Area Public Library - YA Room
  • Foundation for Easton Schools - Sizzle! Summer Literacy Day Camp
  • Hillside School - Advancing Classroom Learning with Visual Technology
  • Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites - Through Immigrant's Eyes: Settlement and Growth of the Lehigh Valley
  • Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts - Creative Environmental Documentary
  • Literacy Center - Enhancing All Aspects of Life Through the Power of Literacy
  • Muhlenberg College - HYPE at Building 21
  • National Museum of Industrial History - National Rosie the Riveter Day at NMIH
  • Repertory Dance Theatre - Educational Outreach
  • Touchstone Theatre - Young Playwrights' Lab & Festival
  • West Park Civic Association - Community Engagement with Birds, Bees, and Blooms

Also included in this year’s Community Partnership Grants were grants awarded for eight multi-year collaborative projects targeted to address specific community issues. LVCF awarded $120,000 in renewed funding to eight existing programs and $30,000 to two new multi-year grant programs. All multi-year grants are subject to review prior to renewal.

The following eight organizations were renewed for funding:

  • Community Action Development Corporation - Strategic Marketing Support to Entrepreneurs program (year three) $20,000
  • Da Vinci Science Center - STEM Mentorship program (year four) - $20,000
  • The Housing Association and Development Corporation – Youth Build Allentown (year two) - $20,000
  • Lehigh Carbon Community College Foundation - V-SERF Emergency Fund for Veterans (year three) -$10,000
  • Lehigh Gap Nature Center - Conservation Landscaping (year five) - $20,000
  • 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 four) - $10,000
  • State Theatre of Easton – supports the production of the Freddy Awards (year four) - $10,000
  • VAST - Valley Against Sex Trafficking – supports community education and prevention program development (year two) - $10,000.

Two new targeted, five-year multi-year grants were awarded for 2017-18.

  • Greater Easton Development Corporation was awarded $10,000 for the Easton Ambassadors program that helps provide the key attributes needed to make Easton a welcoming and investment-worthy city: clean, safe, and friendly. The program provides hospitality assistance, and distributes maps, brochures and publications directly to tourists. The downtown environment is also made cleaner and safer by the removal of trash, weed abatement, graffiti removal, landscaping maintenance, and addressing such issues as panhandling, traffic, and parking.
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network was awarded $20,000 for Connections, a pilot intervention program, designed to help mitigate the effects of the current opioid epidemic on the Lehigh Valley and help to redirect those who have been impacted. A combination of support and monitoring of women with substance use disorder, early intervention for their children, and assistance for their social support systems integrated with prevention efforts will help to reclaim the losses that the opioid scourge has caused.

For more information about the Community Partnership Fund or other grant opportunities at the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, contact Megan Briggs, Director of Community Investments, at 610 351-5353, ext. 11 or .