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March 11, 2021
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March 11, 2021

The Community Drug Abuse Prevention Grant Program was created to foster parent and community groups in leading grassroots efforts to prevent the consequences of drug and alcohol abuse from harming Pennsylvanians, especially children and young adults. Grant funding is available to help communities provide safe alternatives to drug and alcohol abuse, as well as fact-based education, prevention, or intervention efforts related to drug and alcohol abuse — including the violence and other consequences that these substances can cause. Applications are reviewed by the Office of Attorney General on a rolling basis.

HealthSpark Foundation announces the Dr. Frank E. Boston Black Justice Fund, which addresses the historical exclusion of Black leaders and Black community-serving organizations from tackling the challenges and opportunities facing Montgomery County residents. In honor of its namesake Dr. Frank E. Boston, a Black medical doctor and social entrepreneur who created a hospital and ambulance corps in Lansdale nearly a century ago, the Fund invests in emerging Black leaders in Montgomery County, supports positive storytelling of Black communities across the County, and builds community infrastructure and power in Black communities to advance justice and liberation for all County residents. Learn more.

Stay connected to HealthSpark Foundation’s Voices for Change work! “For far too long, the stories of Black, Indigenous, and people of color; the stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, Two-Spirit, and queer people; the stories of people with disabilities; the stories of immigrants; and the stories of many others are not told or are not told by the people and communities themselves. The lack of their stories, perspectives, and opinions in our public discourse has created, and been part of, a process to devalue their experiences and has led to a lack of public policy, legal protections, and opportunities that recognize their innate humanity and effectively support their ability to thrive.” Voices for Change provides grant support for arts, storytelling, and journalism that lifts up unheard and underrepresented voices with the intention of creating a fairer and more just Montgomery County.

Home Depot community impact grants: Non-profit organizations are eligible for up to $5,000 in gift cards to obtain tools, materials, and services from Home Depot for projects that support improving housing for veterans, vulnerable, and underserved populations. Applications are due by December 31, 2021.

Montgomery County Recovery Office is seeking providers to assist organizations and community members in providing proposals/projects/ideas to utilize the county’s ARPA grant funds. There is a pre-proposal meeting being held on December 8 for questions and more information. Read the RFP and learn all about the opportunity.

The Stoneleigh Foundation is soliciting Letters of Inquiry for Fellowship projects 1-3 years in duration that offer a broad reimagining of how public systems might better serve youth, families, and communities, with a focus on addressing racism and racial inequity. Typically, Fellows work in Philadelphia; however, the Foundation is considering projects that seek to effect change at the state level in Pennsylvania, bringing a promising national model to our region, or work on a national policy that affects young people in Philadelphia. Learn more, with applications due 12/15/21!

United Way of Bucks County in partnership with Penn Community Bank, announced the creation of a coordinated Disaster Relief Fund to help people affected by the July severe flooding and tornadoes in Bucks County. Initial donations include $25,000 from both United Way of Bucks County and Penn Community Bank and $10,000 from both Dow and the Gene and Marlene Epstein Humanitarian Fund. The coordinated Disaster Relief Fund will assist low-income homeowners impacted by the storms who are unable to secure aid from other sources. If you or someone you know needs help, visit our FAQs for weather-impacted residents.

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey celebrates 100 years of service and impact! Read their 19-20 annual report with $14.8 million invested in fighting poverty and expanding opportunity across our region.

United Way of PA is administering a grant program to help nonprofit and faith-based organizations connect hard-to reach populations statewide with COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters and vaccines for children. The Local Innovations in Vaccine Equity in Pennsylvania project (LIVE PA) is a partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Health to reduce vaccine hesitancy and ensuring an equitable vaccine distribution throughout the Commonwealth. A total of $4.63 million is available, including $630,000 for faith- based organizations. Learn more and apply!

US Small Business Administration announced that certain Private NonProfit organizations (PNP)s in Pennsylvania that do not provide critical services of a governmental nature may be eligible to apply for lowinterest disaster loans. These loans are available following a Presidential disaster declaration for Public Assistance resulting from damages caused by remnants of Hurricane Ida from Aug. 31 through Sept. 5, 2021. PNPs located in Bucks, Chester, and Montgomery counties in Pennsylvania are eligible to apply. Examples of eligible noncritical PNP organizations include, but are not limited to, food kitchens, homeless shelters, museums, libraries, community centers, schools, and colleges. Get more information here.

The VNA Foundation of Greater North Penn. Apply now for Inclusion Grants for up to $30,000. The preliminary Census information shows marked increases in the Latinx, Asian and Black populations in Montgomery County. The VNA Foundation’s Inclusion Grants are designed to help you increase access to health and human service resources for people of color, immigrants/refugees and English Language Learners in the North Penn region. The Letter of Intent and Application forms are on the online grants portal, and the Foundation will review submissions continually through March 1, 2022.  Enter your username and password and click on “Apply” to access the Inclusion Grant Letter of Intent (LOI) form.  To aid potential partners, the Foundation’s website now has translation capability for Spanish, Korean, Bangla, Chinese and Arabic. Have questions or want to discuss ideas? Learn more about what the LOI will ask here, or contact Diana Doherty anytime.

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