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At an awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 25th, the Carbon County Community Foundation presented nearly $70,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations, community groups, educators, and students in the region.

Representatives from the Foundation and more than 30 community groups gathered in Weissport Borough Park for the celebration.  The majority of the grants were distributed from the Fund for Carbon County, the Foundation’s primary unrestricted fund that meets the community’s ongoing needs.  The CCCF Board of Directors and Founders annually review applications from area nonprofits and determine how the Fund for Carbon County grant money should be awarded.  This year, the Foundation accepted funding requests from nonprofits in early spring and received approximately 30 eligible applications.

“The organizations who applied this year all have incredibly worthwhile missions and projects,” said Sharon Alexander, CCCF President.  “As you can imagine, it was a tough decision – we had a limited amount of money that we could award from the Fund for Carbon County.  As the Board and Founders were deliberating, several members recommended grants from their own Donor-Advised Funds at CCCF to cover some of the requests, enabling us to have a greater impact and support more organizations.  That’s the incredible power of Community Foundations; we connect the people who care about Carbon County to the organizations and charitable causes who are working to make this community a better place.”

Grants from the Fund for Carbon County supported a variety organizations and projects across the county, including several food pantries and shelters; a new HVAC system for the Lansford Historical Society; furniture improvements for the Penn Kidder Library; and the Palmerton Summer Concert series hosted by the Concourse Club.

Additional grants were awarded from the Penny Allison Early Childhood Fund, which provides micro-grants to educators and organizations offering early childhood education services; the Scouting Support Fund, which provides campership and program support for area boy and girl scout troops; the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Fund; and several Donor-Advised Funds.  Three graduating high school seniors from the area were also recognized for their accomplishments and were awarded scholarships from the Anastasia Susko Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Orioles Scouting Scholarship Fund, and the Tyler Strong Memorial Scholarship Fund.

“This has been a record year for us in terms of the money we are investing back into the community,” said Ms. Alexander.  “The Foundation was established in 2015 and we gave out our first batch of grants in the fall of 2016 – approximately $8,000.  Now, just five years later, we are awarding $70,000, bringing our total to more than a quarter-million dollars in grants that celebrate and support the incredible and important work that is being done in our region.”

The following community organizations were awarded grants from various funds this cycle:

 

Fund Grantee Amount Purpose
Fund for Carbon County Behavioral Health Associates $720 Project No Drug Abuse
Fund for Carbon County Cancer Support Community of GLV $1,500 Cancer Support Programming in Carbon County
Fund for Carbon County Carbon County Catholic Worker Fund $1,300 Food pantry storage capacity
Fund for Carbon County Carbon United Soccer Club $1,000 Field improvements
Fund for Carbon County CareNet Carbon County $1,500 Program Support
Fund for Carbon County Concourse Club $1,000 Palmerton Summer Concert Series
Fund for Carbon County Dimmick Memorial Library $1,500 Furniture Improvements at Penn Kidder Library
Fund for Carbon County Domestic Violence Service Center, Inc. $2,000 Emergency Shelter Expansion
Fund for Carbon County Family Promise Carbon County $2,000 Shelter Guest Program
Fund for Carbon County Free Shop Coaldale $760 Free Shop Coaldale Expansion
Fund for Carbon County Lansford Historical Society $1,500 New HVAC System in LHS Museum
Fund for Carbon County Lehigh Carbon Community College Foundation $1,000 SHINE STEM Summer Camps
Fund for Carbon County Minsi Trails Council, Boy Scouts $1,500 Campership for Carbon County Scouts
Fund for Carbon County Raising the House $1,500 Blaine House Backpack Program
Fund for Carbon County St. Peter’s Community Resource Center $1,000 Expansion of the Bare Necessities Pantry
Fund for Carbon County Summit Hill Heritage Center $1,500 Heritage Park Improvement
Nothstein Hometown Proud Support Fund Jacobs United Church of Christ $3,000 Beautification of Weissport Monuments & Historical Walks
Joseph & Debra Kay Bennett Fund Wildlands Conservancy $1,000 Promotion of the Lehigh River Water Trail
Carbon County COVID-19 Community Support Fund Miller Keystone Blood Center $2,000 PPE Items for Blood Donations
Scouting for Support Fund Boy Scout Troop 138 $900 Campership for the troop
Scouting for Support Fund Boy Scout Troop 790 $700 Campership for the troop
Scouting for Support Fund Anthracite Scouting Organization $500 Building Porch Replacement
Scouting for Support Fund Pack 63 $800 Campership for Troop
Scouting for Support Fund Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA $200 Books for Girl Scout Troop
Penny Allison Early Chldhood Fund Shawn Bierman/LB Morris $500 At-Home Learning bags
Penny Allison Early Chldhood Fund Erica Chapman/LB Morris $500 Kindergarten Flexible seating
Penny Allison Early Chldhood Fund St. Matthews Church Pre-School $500 Kindergarten Prep
Penny Allison Early Chldhood Fund Panther Valley Elementary School $400 Grade 2 Phonemic Awareness
Penny Allison Early Chldhood Fund Lehighton Area Memorial Library $500 Toddler Story Time
Penny Allison Early Chldhood Fund Carbon County Catholic Worker Fund $500 Early Childhood Literacy Program
Orioles Scouting Scholarship Fund Timothy Loftus, Jim Thorpe $500 Scholarship
Anastasia Susko Memorial Scholarship Fund Alexia Pietkiel, Jim Thorpe $1,500 Scholarship
Tyler Strong Memorial Scholarship Fund Lydia Wallace, Jim Thorpe ASD (Rider University) $500 Scholarship
Educational Improvement Fund Panther Valley School District $7,000 STEAM Makerspace

 

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