The PPL Foundation announced the recipients of the 2019 major grants, and we couldn’t be more excited to see how our communities will flourish through the work of these amazing non-profit organizations!
From enhancements to a cybersecurity program at NACC, to an eviction prevention program for struggling families in Lancaster, the organizations receiving major grants will help support and sustain the neighborhoods where we live and work.
The 2019 PPL Foundation Major Grant recipients are:
- Allentown Economic Development Corporation received a grant of $50,000 for a collaborative project to enhance a makerspace in the Bridgeworks Enterprise Center in Allentown to focus on industrial arts instruction for local after-school programs.
- American Rescue Workers in Williamsport received a grant of $40,000 for a project to make critical structural improvements to the only shelter providing services for homeless families in Lycoming County.
- Hazleton Area Recreation Program received a grant of $45,000 for a youth recreation program that is filling a void in the community for after-school recreational and mentoring opportunities.
- Joshua Group in Harrisburg received a grant of $25,000 to help expand the number of children being served by a vital after-school program.
- Lancaster Equity Inc. received a grant of $40,000 for the development of a new park and playground on Beaver Street, a direct request of neighbors who are working collaboratively to improve the community.
- Northampton County Area Community College Foundation received a grant of $35,000 for a cybersecurity laboratory and equipment to provide students expanded opportunities in this growing industry.
- Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education Foundation received a grant of $50,000 for the development of an innovative fund that will be used to provide faculty and staff resources to develop, test and quickly implement ideas to help transform public higher education in Pennsylvania.
- Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley received a grant of $50,000 for Zero Youth Violence, a grassroots program aimed at stemming gun violence in Allentown.
- Summit Early Learning in Lewisburg received a grant of $47,000 to develop a makerspace program for Head Start classrooms in Snyder County, providing training materials for teachers and exposing young students to STEM concepts.
- Tabor Community Services in Lancaster received a grant of $50,000 to expand the capacity of its eviction prevention program to help stabilize neighborhoods by providing at-risk tenants with financial counseling, mediation with landlords and short-term financial assistance.
- The Da Vinci Discovery Center of Science and Technology in Allentown received a grant of $45,000 for a teambuilding STEM competition for all fourth-grade students in the Allentown School District.
- The Galaxy Fund in Allentown received a grant of $50,000 to support the Learning Dome at Dieruff High School.
- Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance received a grant of $50,000 for SHINE, an after-school program that supports at-risk students in three rural school districts in Northeast Pennsylvania.
Congratulations to each recipient and thanks to all who applied for major grants this year. Because of your dedication, residents in these communities have greater opportunities to reach their full potential. We’re proud to serve you.