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Thank You

A warm ‘thank you’ to everyone who braved the snow storm and came out to the first ever Carbon County Nonprofit Forum on Tuesday. Fifty people from 39 organizations came together to share knowledge and opportunities. Enthusiasm ran high as people left the event, ready to take the next step on something learned or a connection made.

By hosting this event, the Community Foundation took an important step into fulfilling its role as a convener in the nonprofit community. Our mission to improve the quality of life for all residents of Carbon County, now and forever, is carried out by helping individuals, families and organizations establish charitable funds, give grants from our own funds and strengthen the nonprofit community. If you haven’t done so already, please take a few minutes and complete the survey to tell us what you think the most pressing needs are in Carbon County. The responses so far have been insightful! Use the last question to tell us if you have ideas for strengthening next year’s Forum.

A Few Highlights

Kurt Bauman gave a primer presentation on collaboration and shared numerous free/low-cost opportunities and services for Carbon County nonprofits via the NEPA Alliance and Nonprofit & Community Assistance Center. Through NEPA, nonprofits have access to the NCAC library, including the grant research tool Foundation Center Online and advisory and technical assistance forming multi-organization collaborations and mergers.

We learned about many of the services and programs offered across the nonprofit sector in Carbon County, some with potential for community-wide implementation, like Carbon-Monroe-Pike Mental Health and Development Services’ “Mental Health First Aid” training.

We discovered new potential partners, like Commuter Services of Pennsylvania. With so many of our nonprofits reporting “lack of transportation” as one of their top challenges, many people are curious to learn more about how this organization’s services might be adapted to meet needs in Carbon County.

Funding Opportunities

The following funding opportunities were shared at the Forum. If I missed any, please reply to this email and I will send an update.

Carbon County Community Foundation:

  • Grant writing workshop: April 4, 2018, 8:30-12:30 – Carbon County Emergency Management building, Nesquehoning
  • Fund for Carbon County grant deadline – Friday, May 4 (application available by March 2)
  • Prospective matching funds from AllOne Charities for community health programs –  AllOne Charities is interested in applying for grants from the CCCF in partnership with nonprofit organizations in Carbon County.  AOC projects look to improve the health and welfare of the people in Northeastern and North Central Pennsylvania.  AOC has the ability to leverage local dollars to measurably increase the impact and sustainability of nonprofit healthcare services providers.

To be notified when applications are available, join CCCF’s email newsletter or follow on Facebook or Twitter. For more information on the AllOne opportunity, contact Amber Breiner at 610-730-2526.

Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corp:

  • Local Share Account – CCEDC can apply for LSA funds on behalf of any nonprofit with a project that has economic or community development benefits or public interest. Applications will be received between July 1st and September 30th of each year.
  • Hotel Tax Disbursement – Nonprofits and community organizations may apply for marketing funds to promote events and resources in the region.

For information, contact the Chamber at 610-379-5000.

United Way of Greater Lehigh Valley open application –  special application for non-profit organizations in Carbon County for the 2018-2019 program year. Looking for organizations whose programming will help achieve the following outcomes:

  • Increase supports for persons with disabilities
  • Increase access to healthy food and shelter
  • Increase access to physical and mental health services, including integrated behavioral health in a school setting
  • Increase kindergarten readiness for children and increase after school access
2018-2019 United Way Application Process Timeline
2018 February 5 Applications available
2018 March 5 Final day to submit applications
2018 June Applicants notified of funding decisions
2018 July 1 2018-19 funding begins

For information, or to receive your copy of the application, please contact Mary Widmer, Assistant Director, Impact Project Management at 610-807-5743 or e-mail maryw@unitedwayglv.org.

Thank you for all you do to make our community a better place. See you next year at the 2019 Carbon County Nonprofit Forum!

Amber Breiner, Executive Director – Carbon County Community Foundation

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