Foundation-Directed Support Grantmaking
The Community Foundation offers ongoing support and resources to additional areas defined as Support Grantmaking. These strategies shift based on the needs of the community and donors’ interest. Opportunities for this current year are listed under the Support Grantmaking website pages.
Fund to Fight Substance Use Disorder
The Fund to Fight Substance Use Disorder supports nonprofit organizations that are currently providing substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and/or recovery services. The foundation’s goal was to support areas that are not typically funded by federal sources but that are in need of financial support. Funding supports either a new or current initiative that addresses one of the following areas:
- Providing support services that focus on integration into a healthy lifestyle for individuals affected by substance use disorder.
- Delivering clinical services, support services, and/or education to families and support networks of the individual affected by substance use disorder.
Upper Bucks Community Fund of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation
The Upper Bucks Community Fund of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation is a geographic affiliate of LVCF whose advisory committee directs grants to nonprofit organizations serving Upper Bucks County in Pennsylvania.
Grant awards have ranged from $1,000 to $10,000 depending on the number of quality applications submitted.
George T. Walker Charitable Fund
The George T. Walker Charitable Fund was established with his bequest in 2011. Grants from the Fund are made to Mt. Pocono United Methodist Church; Effort United Methodist Church; the Salvation Army of East Stroudsburg; the American Red Cross of East Stroudsburg; St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital; Deborah Heart and Lung Center; and Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Mr. Walker specified that the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation has complete discretion, each year, regarding the amounts to be granted to each of these charitable organizations as well as the specific programs to be funded by grants from the Fund.
The Lehigh Valley Synergy Fund
This fund supports community partners who recognize the power of collaboration, affiliation, and efficiencies as stewards of our community’s resources. The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, together with the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley will support long-term, strategic alliances to build organizational sustainability and improve program and service delivery across the Lehigh Valley.
Lehigh Valley Homeless Veteran Fund
The Lehigh Valley Homeless Veteran Fund provides grants in support of homeless veteran transitional and supportive housing to agencies that serve veterans in Lehigh and Northampton Counties.
Programs offering transitional or supportive housing (up to 24 months) must also provide appropriate services such as case management, education, crisis intervention, financial, housing, and life-skills counseling.
Foundation-Directed Area-of-Interest Funds
On an annual basis, the Community Foundation proactively distributes funding from a select number of area-of-interest funds that do not match any other grant strategies throughout the year. There is no application process for these funds. These funds are listed below along with each fund’s focus area. The grant awards are typically a one-time grant within $480 – $2,000 range. Please click on the fund’s link for more information. If your nonprofit organization fits into a mission of the below fund, please contact Megan Briggs, Director of Community Investments, for more information at email@example.com.
- Barbara & Maxwell Davison Fund for Alzheimer’s Care
- Lehigh River Fund
- Margaret Haas Rotunno Memorial Fund for Local No Kill Shelters
- William C. Rybak Fund for Persons with Disabilities
- Gene & Joan Witiak Fund
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